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Pocket Pets Services

They may be miniature, but pocket pets certainly give their pet parents a lot of love! From guinea pigs, rats, chinchillas and hamsters, our team here at AMC has seen and treated them all. Just because they are small, does not mean that these pets require less care. They still need constant medical attention so that they can stay healthy and disease-free. To schedule your miniature friend’s appointment, please call us at 902.564.8356 (Sydney location) or 902.849.3725 (Reserve Mines location).

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

Nope! Smaller pets have just as much dietary, environmental, and other requirements as their larger counterparts. For this reason, please speak with us first and do ample amounts of research so that you are fully aware and prepared for all the effort needed to care for a pocket pet.

How long do pocket pets live?

It depends. For example, hamsters usually live for only three years. Parrots on the other hand, have been known to even outlive their owners – they can live up to 80 years!

Can people be allergic to pocket pets?

Definitely. If you or anyone in your home has asthma, we strongly advise against getting pocket pets that have long or shedding fur. Some of the safer pocket pets, in terms of allergies, are parakeets and canaries.

    Last updated: August 8, 2022.

    Dear Clients,

    We look forward to seeing you all in person. Your health and safety are important to us. Here is what you can expect during your next visit in regards to our COVID-19 precautions:

  • Masks are mandatory for anyone that wishes to come inside our hospital.
  • Only one client is allowed in the exam room with their pet.
  • We also request that clients refrain from using our emergency line for anything other than true emergencies

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call at (902) 564-8356 Sydney.

    Please note the phone lines may be busier, but we will get to you as soon as we can. We have zero tolerance for verbal abuse.

    Again, we thank you for your patience and co-operation during this trying time.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    AMC – Sydney

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    AMC – Reserve Mines (Temporarily Closed)

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday & 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 Animal Medical Centre