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Pocket Pets Services

Here at Antigonish Veterinary Clinic, we can treat even the smallest furry friends such as rats, guinea pigs, hamsters and chinchillas. Despite their small sizes, these pets still need a comprehensive healthcare plan, so it is important for owners to collaborate with their veterinarians to keep their pocket pets in tip-top shape. To schedule your tiny friend’s next consultation, simply call us at 902.863.3157.

Are pocket pets easier to take care of compared with dogs or cats?

Not necessarily! Yes, you do not have to take a hamster out on a walk, but they also have unique dietary and shelter needs that require just as much attention as more traditional furry companions. Before bringing a pocket pet home, we strongly advise that you do research and ask our veterinary team’s opinion so that you choose one that best suits your lifestyle.

How long do pocket pets live?

With pocket pets, there is a wide variety in terms of life expectancy. Some (e.g. hamsters) live for only three years while others (e.g. parrots) can easily reach their 80th birthdays. Please remember this when considering how much you are willing to commit to your pet.

Can people be allergic to pocket pets?

For sure. We strongly advise that you avoid tiny companions that have long fur if you are asthmatic or have any kind of allergies. Canaries, goldfish and parakeets are some types of pocket pets that are safe for more sensitive owners.

Last updated: April 29, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. OPERATING HOURS

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

We offer after-hours emergency care services to the clients and pets in our community. If your pet is experiencing an emergency after hours, please call our clinic phone number, and you will be directed to the veterinarian on-call for further assistance. 

NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Antigonish Veterinary Clinic