Pocket pets make wonderful companion animals, but they require different care than cats or dogs. Rabbits should be neutered to reduce the risk of behavioral and health issues such as aggression and cancer. They also need a constant supply of timothy hay to wear down their teeth which grow continuously. Guinea pigs require Vitamin C supplements in addition to fortified diets. They are also social animals, so they need daily attention from their pet parents or another guinea pig. Ferrets can contract rabies and canine distemper; like dogs, they should receive vaccines. They can also be litter trained and they enjoy playing with non-ingestible toys. Finally, rats, mice, chinchillas, gerbils, and hamsters should be housed in solid-bottom cages using appropriate bedding and nutrition. Each of these exotic pets have other special needs and characteristics we discuss during their examinations. All exotic pets should receive exams annually, not just when they get sick. If you have recently acquired a pocket pet or your pocket pet is due for an annual exam, we encourage you to make an appointment so we can check for preventable diseases and provide advice on your pet’s care and behavior.