Small Animal Care

Anchor Animal Hospital is proud to provide full medical services by limited appointment for small mammals, such as Rabbits, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Ferrets, Rats, Hedgehogs... and more. While exotic animals have become more popular pets many veterinarians have not had the training necessary to properly treat these animals. Our practice owner Dr. Kate Pietsch has dedicated herself to advancing her knowledge and skills with these often fragile animals.

Anchor Animal Hospital has equipment specialized to the unique needs of our exotic patients, including appropriate housing, anesthetic equipment, and feeding supplies. In addition, we carry a large number of specialized medications, including Lupron (used for treating adrenal disease in ferrets). The staff at Anchor Animal Hospital are experienced at drawing blood from exotic patients and use a specialized exotics lab to provide the most accurate diagnostic results.

At Anchor Animal Hospital we believe that many medical disorders experienced by exotic pets can be prevented by providing a healthy diet. During your appointment the doctor is available to discuss your pet’s unique nutritional requirements and will help to develop a diet for your pet. To help provide good nutrition to your pets, Anchor carries a full line of  Oxbow Products, including hay, grain and vitamin C tablets for rabbits and guinea pigs. We also carry Oxbow Critical Care for herbivores and carnivores, which can be used to treat sick small mammals.

For safety and legal reasons there are several species of exotics not seen at Anchor Animal Hospital. They include:
• Primates
• Wildlife (please see the wildlife article on our FAQ page to see a list of licensed rehab facilities)
• Venomous snakes
• Monitor lizards
• Fowl/ Water fowl
• Birds of Prey
• Invertebrates

In accordance with all other services provided at Anchor Animal Hospital, we strive to provide the best medical and surgical services for your small mammal pet. Our doctors will take the time to help educate you on your pet’s unique housing, nutritional and medical needs. Please call us at 508-996-3731 to schedule an appointment for your small mammal.

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