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Pets We Treat

Cats, Dogs, Pocket Pets and More

Blue Lake Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary clinic offering preventative, diagnostic, and emergency services for a wide range of animals, including pocket pets. Here are some of the animals we’re trained and equipped to treat. Don’t see your type of pet listed? Just give us a call to learn more and discuss the best care options for your animal companion!

  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Rabbits
  • Chinchillas
  • Ferrets
  • Gerbils
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Hamsters
  • Hedgehogs
  • Bearded Dragons
  • Iguanas
  • Turtles
  • Mice
  • Sugar Gliders
  • Rats
  • And more…
  • Snakes

More Information on Pocket Pets

Pocket pets are small animals such as mice, chinchillas, ferrets, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, rats, sugar gliders, and guinea pigs.

The name ‘pocket pet’ came from the thought that these pets are small enough to be kept in a shirt pocket. These pets are perfect for those who embrace city living and might have limited home space to keep a pet. Before adopting a pocket pet, make sure you perform plenty of research on the animal to learn everything you need before committing to a pocket pet. These little furry creatures are too small to steal food from the dinner table, but they are the perfect size for stealing your heart.

Pocket pets are quite popular due to their small size and it’s very important to note they do have many special needs you need to prepare for in advance. Proper care and diet are critical to keeping these small pets healthy. Some pocket pets may not be suitable for small children.

Before you decide on which pocket pet to adopt, consider the following before adopting:

  • Special Diets – Many pocket pets eat dry food which is readily available in pet stores. Some pocket pets require specialized diets that involve home preparation for optimal health. Insectivore-omnivores pocket pets like hedgehogs require live insects and fruit for a more robust diet.
  • Housing Requirements – When it comes to housing, pocket pets require space that simulates their natural environment. Sugar gliders need tall wire cages that will still prevent escape. Chinchillas need space for their sand baths.
  • Socialization – Many pocket pets like chinchillas, prefer to be with another one of their kind or are prone to depression. Whereas other pets like hamsters prefer to be alone. Proper socialization and handling with people help to make these furry pets more fun to interact with.
  • Lifespan – The average lifespan for most pocket pets is less than five years, while others can live for eight to twelve years.
  • Vet Requirements – Finding a veterinarian who has experience dealing with particular pocket pet concerns may be difficult. Pocket pets like rats are prone to chronic respiratory infections and mammary tumors that need special treatment.

The team at Blue Lake Animal Hospital recommends owners of critically ill parrots and reptiles visit a board-certified exotic veterinarian.

Bring Your Pet to Blue Lake Animal Hospital

At Blue Lake Animal Hospital, we are a full-service veterinary clinic. We provide a range of services such as wellness exams, vaccinations, and general surgeries for your pocket pets. You can trust us to take excellent care of your pocket pet. We will teach you how to properly care for your pocket pet to avoid common health issues.

If you are interested in adopting a pocket pet or if you already own one and you’re searching for a veterinary clinic, please contact us at Blue Lake Animal Hospital today to schedule an appointment with our team of veterinary professionals.

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Preventive Medicine

Prevention is key to supporting your pet’s ongoing health. We devise an individualized strategy to keep your pet healthy and happy.

Surgical Services

We perform standard and specialized surgeries to address your pet’s health concerns, including spays, tumor removal, orthopedic surgeries, and more.


Vaccinations are an important part of preventing communicative diseases. Keep your pet up-to-date on their vaccinations right at our office.

Dental Care

Dental health is essential to your pet’s overall wellness. Our dental services cover all of your pet’s oral health needs, from tooth extraction to cleaning.

Heartworm Prevention

Year-round heartworm prevention is key to keeping your pet healthy. We provide FDA-approved treatments to prevent infection.

Flea & Tick Prevention

Fleas and ticks aren’t just a nuisance: they pose a serious threat to your pet’s health. Protect your pet with preventative medicine.

Pocket Pets

Pocket pets have unique health needs. Our team addresses your pet’s health issues and develops a strategy, so they feel like their energetic self.

Reproductive Care

We provide comprehensive reproductive care for pets, including artificial insemination, neonatal care, fertility exams, and more.

Emergency Service

Rely on us when your pet needs urgent care. We know emergencies are stressful, so we treat urgent health concerns with the utmost care.

Orthopedic Surgery

Various orthopedic problems with your pet can call for surgical operations, and our vets have a wide range of experience handling orthopedic issues.