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Pocket Pets Services

Great things come in small packages and pocket pets are certainly no exception. Over the years, our practice has been treating more and more of these miniature pets. Today hamsters, mice, guinea pigs, chinchillas and other bite-sized creatures make up a large percentage of our patient population. Call us now to learn more about our pocket pet services and to schedule your next appointment.

Are pocket pets easier to take care of?

Not necessarily. Although they do not need to be taken out on walks and may eat smaller amounts of food, smaller furry friends have different kinds of requirements that may call for a certain level of effort on your part. Depending on their species, your pocket pet will have specific nutrition, housing, grooming and socialization needs that you need to keep an eye on.

How long do pocket pets live?

Your pet’s expected life span depends on their species and unique situation. There are certain pocket pets that live for a relatively long time. For example, rabbits and gerbils have a life expectancy of about 10 years. On the other hand, hamsters and rats usually live for approximately 1 to 3 years.

Can people be allergic to pocket pets?

Yes. Like with traditional furry companions, it is possible for the human members of your family to have adverse reactions to your pocket pets. People with asthma and other allergies may be negatively affected by pocket pets who have long hair/fur or have hay as a main part of their diet.

Last updated: April 5, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (Pick-up Only)
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed

    5. 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!

    - The team at Dundas Veterinary Services