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Pocket Pets Services

They may be small in size, but pocket pets take up a large space in the hearts of animal lovers everywhere. Chinchillas, hedgehogs, rats, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters and everything in between have been treated by our veterinary team here at Champlain Animal Hospital. To schedule your tiny companion’s next checkup and to learn more about how to properly care for them, please call us at 705.742.4243.

Are pocket pets easier to take care of compared with dogs or cats?

It really depends, but just like any pet of any size, pocket pets require a certain amount of time, attention and money. They may not need to be taken out on walks, but pocket pets have unique needs that you need to watch out for, so that they live a healthy life. It’s important to research if the kind of pocket you would like will be a good fit for your home, family and lifestyle.

How long do pocket pets live?

There is a wider variety of life spans when it comes to pocket pets. Some birds like parrots can live up to 80 years! On the other hand, hamsters and rats usually live for only about 3 years. This is definitely something that you have to keep in mind when making a commitment to your tiny companion.

Can people be allergic to pocket pets?

Unfortunately, yes. If you or anyone in your home has asthma, you should probably avoid pocket pets that have long hair or fur. Some allergy-friendly pocket pets are: parakeets, canaries, bearded dragons and goldfish.


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Last updated: March 18, 2022.

Dear Clients,

With the upcoming changes to masking requirements for Ontario, we would like to share our updated protocols.

As a large group working very closely together, our staff will continue to wear face masks to help ensure that we stay healthy and are able to provide the best medical care we can.

It has been so nice to welcome clients back into the clinic. As we ease into reopening, we will continue to keep our doors locked for the time being. If you require assistance, please call (705) 742-4243, or knock on the door and we will be happy to assist you.

Upon arrival for your scheduled appointment or surgery admission, please call to let us know that you are here. The doctor or technician will call you as soon as we are ready for you. At this time, they may ask you for some further information prior to you bringing your pet into the hospital.

We will be continuing to offer curbside pickup for food and medications at this time.

As always, as things change we will continue to update our protocols as we feel necessary. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to call us or email christinep@cahpet.ca


If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Champlain Animal Hospital