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May is Pocket Pet Month Popularity of Pocket Pets is on the Rise It is no surprise that the human population in the United States has expanded over the most recent decades and in turn so has the pet population especially that of the smaller sized pets. Millennials are now the primary pet-owning demographic and account for half of the owners of small mammals, or pocket pets; which commonly include rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, ferrets and gerbils. the first couple weeks of adoption. This visit will allow your veterinarian to check your pet’s current health status Do your Research! If you are ready to bring a new small pet into your home, it is important to do your homework to decide which pet is best suited for your family and your lifestyle. Small pets require special housing equipment to keep them safe from the dangers they may encounter if they should escape into your home. Many pocket pets suffer from chronic health conditions, usually because of inadequate nutrition and husbandry. Most of these types of pets require more specialized care due to their exotic origination. Many of these health conditions can be prevented with the proper education and guidance which veterinarians can provide. and answer any questions you have regarding your pet’s future care. You and your veterinarian will work together to develop a proper health care plan for your new little friend and companion. - by Bobbi Jo Massic, DVM Pocket Pets Need Veterinary Care, Too! Just like cats and dogs, your pocket pet deserves regular veterinary care in order to maintain good health. If you have recently acquired a rabbit, guinea pig, hamster or other pocket pet, it is recommended that you bring your new little family member in to see your veterin veterinarian within Pocket Pets Need Vets, Too! Call us during our convenient office hours to schedule a health checkup. Hours 24-hour Emergency (406) 252-9499 Animal Clinic of Billings Hours Mon - Thurs: 7:30am – 6:00pm Fri. 7:30am – 8:00pm • Sat. 9:00am – 5:00pm Animal Clinic of Billings and Animal Surgery Clinic of Billings Serving our region’s companion animals and their families since 1981. Dr. Bobbi Jo Massic, DVM 1414 10th St. W. • Billings | www.animalclinicofbillings.com

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