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Pocket Pet Care

Rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, rats, mice, guinea pigs, and ferrets are all pets that owners bring to Union Lake Veterinary Hospital for treatment. These pets tend to have an average life span of two to eight years, and as a result, they often don’t require as much veterinary care as larger animals. Except for ferrets, vaccinations are not needed or required for these pets.

This does not mean that such pets never require veterinary care. An annual visit to a veterinarian for a checkup will provide an opportunity for your pocket pet to be checked for any changes that may affect his or her health. In addition, you should also bring your pocket pet to a veterinarian as soon as he or she shows any sign of illness. However, pocket pets often mask signs of illness, and visible symptoms usually indicate that the disease has reached an advanced stage where delaying medical attention can be fatal.

In addition to an annual veterinary exam, you can help you pocket pet to remain healthy through proper nutrition, keeping him or her in a clean cage with sufficient room, and providing clean water. The best types of food are high-quality commercial pellets, which provide the nutrients your pocket pet needs to stay healthy. These foods are available in many pet supply and other stores.

Your pocket pets should have access to drinking water in their cages 24 hours a day. Except for rabbits, where a bowl of water on the cage floor is sufficient, a sipper bottle that hangs on the side of the cage is recommended for other types of pocket pets, as it is a more sanitary alternative.

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Maryse and I wish to thank you and your staff for such sensitivity to us, as we sought help for Nica, our chameleon. We appreciate your thoroughness, professionalism. We will share with other pet owners how easy you made an otherwise unhappy experience for us!

–Pam Richards and daughter Maryse

Thank You all very much for taking such good care of me during my little sickness.

– Kia

Thank you so much for everything you did for Quincy. You saved his life!

Your approach and demeanor with us always made us feel as if we and Sabrina were the only ones there.

I will never stop giving thanks for your knowledge, caring and thoughtfulness to Ginger and I.

Dr. Herdon–I would like to thank you and the entire staff at Union Lake for always taking great care of our Peter. Since the treatment he has been running and playing like a puppy. In my personal opinion the Shockwave therapy has worked and I would recommend it to other potential patients.

– Elizabeth and Scott DuSang

I want to thank the entire staff and at the dog training/day care, as well as the grooming/boarding services for the over 20 years of excellent care.

– Sandra Reminga

Just want to say Thank You all very much for taking such good care of me during my little sickness. I was so scared but you all made me feel at home.

– Kia

Thank you so much for everything you did for Quincy. You saved his life! He's doing really well. He's getting his attitude back and soon will be running roughsod over our other cats.

Thank you so very much for your kindness and support during Maggie's final hours...the peaceful experience we had with you could not have been better and I was very glad to have been a part of it...she lived a long, wonderful life, and thanks to you, she had an easy end. Thank you.

...your approach and demeanor with us always made us feel as if we and Sabrina were the only ones there...(you were) forthright and honest. We are so grateful for all you did for us and Sabrina.

God gave you a wonderful skill and talent. I will never stop giving thanks for your knowledge, caring and thoughtfulness to Ginger and I.

Words cannot express how grateful we are that our Maggie had such a wonderful group of people to care for her over the past 12 years. She was always greeted with smiles and treated as though she were one of your own.

Thank you for taking care of me so well. My stitches are doing good and I am getting used to the undershorts my mom makes me wear. My teeth are so nice and clean and I'm eating the new dental crunches.

–Brandy

Jacob always received the best care and kindness/treatment at your facility. Thank you for helping Jacob have a healthy and quality life and a dignified passing. It is a comfort to know all the staff present on the day Jacob passed away were sensitive and professional to us at that difficult time. This includes the front desk staff.

I want to thank the entire staff at Union Lake Vet. and at the dog training/day care, as well as the grooming/boarding services for the over 20 years of excellent care you have provided to our pets. It is hard to find another provider that matches your caliber of dedication, love, and superior health care for animals.

– Sandra Reminga

Dr. Herdon,In the course of our adult lives, we have owned six dogs between us and have experienced a variety of veterinarians. It's this experience that makes it possible for us to fully appreciate just how extraordinary you are. The compassion you showed for Jesse throughout her life and into her final hours puts you in a class of your own. We are truly blessed to call you our vet. Thank you.

– Leslie and Susan

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