Comprehensive Care for Pet Rabbits, Rodents, Hedgehogs, Sugar Gliders, and Ferrets
Rabbits, guinea pigs, gerbils, rats, chinchillas, mice, hamsters, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, and ferrets are all common small mammal pets that we routinely treat. While each of them requires various levels of care and attention, we recommend that these animals be seen twice a year by a veterinarian to ensure optimal health and wellness.
Rabbits — These small mammals are curious, and are active chewers by nature. They come in a variety of breeds and require a healthy diet of hay. Female rabbits should be spayed to prevent rapidly developing reproductive cancers. Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus has arrived in the Portland Metro area. Please read the Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease handout for valuable information about biosecurity and vaccination.
Rodents — On average, hamsters, gerbils, mice, and rats can live anywhere from 1 to 3 years. While hamsters and some mouse species live best alone, gerbils, domestic mice, and rats do well when in pairs or groups. Male rats should be neutered and female rats should be spayed to prevent the development of mammary and pituitary gland tumors.
Ferrets — These active and inquisitive pets can require a lot of attention and are not recommended for homes with small children or other pets, as they can be easily hurt and tend to nip while playing.
Guinea Pigs — Known for their plant based diet and gentle and affectionate nature, guinea pigs can be good for homes with children.
Chinchillas — These small mammals are very active, especially around dawn and dusk hours. They bond quickly with their people, and enjoy ample playtime, a hay-filled diet, and regular dust baths. They should never be bathed in water in order to preserve their oily skin and soft fur.
Hedgehogs — Shy by nature, these prickly nocturnal animals are a unique option for potential pet owners. While quiet and fairly easy to care for, they require regular interaction in order to adapt to new owners and environments.
Sugar Gliders — Also nocturnal, sugar gliders can live for more than a decade, require fresh meals daily, and are extremely social. They also do very well when kept together as pairs. However, they are not ideal pets for families with children and may require a special permit for ownership outside of the state of Oregon.
Rabbit, Rodent, Hedgehog, Sugar Glider, and Ferret Veterinary Services We Offer
- Allergy Testing
- Cancer Treatment
- Dental Care
- Emergency/Critical Care
- End of Life Care
- Eye Care
- Grooming (rabbits and rodents)
- In-House Laboratory
- Intensive Care Unit
- Internal Medicine
- Laser Surgery/Therapy
- Pain Management
- Senior Pet Care
- Spay/Neuter *
* = Requires advanced approval by Dr. Harrenstien
= Offered off-site in collaboration with another practitioner
= Offered on-site on a consultant basis