Pocket Pets & Exotics

Pocket Pets & ‘Exotics’





Care of birds and exotics, including pocket pets can be challenging. The following links provide some insight. Before purchasing an exotic pet make sure you have a Veterinarian near by who has some specialty with these small creatures.

At Beechwood Animal Hospital, Dr. Poulin brings experience with rabbits, rats, pocket pets, and ferrets.

For more information please call the clinic: (613) 748-9820

Exotics include:


City of Ottawa Exotic Pet Guide – What You Can Keep

Gerbils, Guinea Pigs, and Hamsters


Just because they’re small doesn’t mean they can’t benefit from veterinary attention. Teeth, which grow continuously in gerbils, guinea pigs, and hamsters, often require trimming. (We can also recommend appropriate chew toys, which may help keep the teeth worn down.) Parasites such as lice, mites, and fleas can infest your pet. In addition, these companion animals can suffer from other health issues.

Call us if your pet stops eating, loses weight, appears quieter than normal, has discharge from the eyes or nose, or develops a lump on its body. We can help maintain the health of your pocket pet.