How Do I Know When my Exotic or Pocket Pet is Sick?

It’s a common misconception that exotic pets and pocket pets are easier to take care of than a more traditional pet. Exotic and pocket pets tend to eat less and take up less room, but that doesn’t mean they don’t require just as much time, energy, and love as a dog or a cat.

Part of responsible pet ownership is bringing your pet to the veterinarian if they are ill or injured. Knowing how to tell when your exotic or pocket pet is sick is the first step in getting them the care they need. 

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Exotic Pet Care: Easy vs. High Maintenance

All animals require a specific set of circumstances in order to survive and thrive. Dogs, cats, and other domesticated species tend to be relatively simple when it comes to care. They’ve evolved along with us, and we’re familiar with what it takes to keep them happy and healthy.

Although exotic pets tend to be smaller and appear easier to maintain, this is usually not the case. Before you adopt an exotic pet, it’s important to do your research. Exotic pet care can be tricky, and some animals are easier to maintain than others. Figuring out what a pet needs and how that will (or will not) fit into your lifestyle is critical.

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Your Go-To Guide for Essential Pocket Pet Care

pocket pet carePocket pets have grown in popularity over recent years, due to changing household dynamics, allergies, and improved access to these special animals. Hamsters, gerbils, mice, rats, guinea pigs, chinchillas, ferrets, rabbits, sugar gliders, and even hedgehogs round out the list of common pocket pets. Being small is certainly part of their charm, but the basics of pocket pet care are still a big responsibility.

The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center offer the following tips to ensure the brightest future for your pint-sized friend.

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