COMPASS VETERINARY CLINIC
Exotic & Pocket Pet Care
Compass Veterinary Clinic provides expert veterinary care for rabbits and ‘pocket pets’. Learn more below.
Exotic and Pocket Pet Care
COMPLETE HEALTH CARE FOR RABBITS, EXOTICS, AND POCKET PETS
Compass Veterinary Clinic provides expert veterinary care for rabbits and ‘pocket pets’ such as ferrets, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, prairie dogs, mice, rats, chinchillas, hamsters, and gerbils. Our exotic pet veterinary care includes:
- Comprehensive Physical Exams
- Parasite Treatment & Control
- Medical Treatment
- Nail trims
- Husbandry & Specialty Diets
- Spay & Neuter
A large part of caring for these species has to do with their husbandry; making sure they have the proper housing, and appropriate diet, and that their owners understand their natural behavior patterns. Each species also has its own common diseases that require veterinary care, and we recommend annual physical exams to check for early signs of problems.
Dr. Connolly is one of the most highly trained and experienced rabbit veterinarians in Oregon, having spent four years at the Rabbit Research Center at Oregon State University. During her career as a veterinarian, she has worked with rabbits, rats, mice, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, chinchillas, ferrets, and more. The most common problems that we see are related to nutrition and housing.
“I had around 1,000 rabbits in my care. I was responsible for all aspects of rabbit husbandry. Not only did I personally feed and water them, but we exhaustively measured feed intake on various diets, and tracked the weight of the rabbits as well as their reproductive rates. I even cleaned cages and monitored output, watching for signs of disease or parasitism. I was immersed in the OSU breeding program, where I monitored pregnancies, prepared for new litters, weighed the kits, and monitored their health. I helped design modifications to the facilities to prevent wild rabbits from getting in and modified the rabbit cages to prevent injuries to young kits. My experience at the OSU Rabbit Research Lab really prepared me to take the best care of rabbits.”
HOW TO TELL WHEN YOUR EXOTIC PET IS SICK
Pocket pets are very skilled at hiding problems. This innate ability helps them to survive in the wild, where displaying any sign of illness or injury can be the difference between life and death. Unfortunately, this also means that when they finally do let us know there is a problem, it may be advanced and more difficult to resolve. As an exotic pet owner, it’s important to watch for these signs of a potential health problem:
- Decreased Activity
- Decreased Appetite
- Weight Loss
- Changes in Stool or Urine
- Eye or Nasal Discharge
- Sign of Blood (on your pet or in its cage)
- Muscle Weakness, Twitching
- Changes in Breathing
- Witnessed or Suspected Injury
Bring your pocket pet in immediately if you notice any of these warning signs.
FEAR FREE EXOTIC & POCKET PET VETERINARY CARE
Fear Free veterinary care doesn’t just apply to dogs and cats! We see so many exotic and pocket pets in our practice, and each one of them deserves the same attention and care. With years of experience and dedication to detail, we ensure an easy and safe visit to the vet for all kinds of pets.