Pocket Pet Care with Complete Exams & Nutritional Guidance

At Kanyon’s Golden Veterinary Care, we understand the loving bond between a human and their animal companions. Dr. Kristine Cyr recommends annual well care examinations for all creatures, great and small.

The Best Care for Pocket Pets

All of our patients, from horse to mouse, are treated with the same tender care and respect. Guinea pigs, chinchillas, hamsters, and rats are some of the more commonly kept ‘pocket pets’, or as we prefer to call them, ‘nibblers’. These little furry friends make wonderful companions for youngsters and adults. As with all new family members, researching their needs and requirements for proper care will allow for a smooth transition into the family.

Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs, also called cavys, are not actually in the pig family; they are rodents. Their requirements for health and wellbeing must also be fully addressed if they are to have a long, healthy life with their family. At Kanyon’s Golden Veterinary Care, our professional staff strives to provide our guinea pig owners with the necessary resources to meet the dietary, husbandry, and lifestyle needs of the cavy for optimal wellness.


Guinea pigs are herbivores, and thus their dietary needs differ from most companion pets. Requiring a diet rich in vitamin C, your pig should be consuming a diet composed mostly of timothy hay and green, leafy vegetables. At Kanyon’s Golden, we recommend the following fruits and vegetables to maintain a balanced diet: kale, mustard greens, bell peppers, zucchini, cauliflower leaves, banana, papaya, melons. Vegetables should make up approximately 20% of the daily diet and fruits about 5%. Guinea pigs are often prone to illness due to a deficiency in vitamin C and so it is essential that a vitamin C enriched pellet is part of their daily food source. These pellets will lose important vitamins when stale and should be changed out daily.

Like all rodents, the guinea pig loves to chew. Part of regular wellness care includes a dental assessment of the oral cavity during physical examination to check the teeth for length, breakage, or loss. At Kanyon’s Gold, full dental care is available to all pocket pets. If your guinea pig is showing difficulty chewing, dropping food when eating (dysphagia), or has reduced appetite, please contact our hospital for an appointment today.

From comprehensive wellness care to internal medicine, ultrasound, and radiographs, Kanyon’s Golden Veterinary Care offers our full diagnostic and treatment services to improve the life of your cavy.

Chinchillas, Hamsters, Rats & More


Knowing about the dietary, housing, and medical needs of our smallest pocket pets is part of our attention to detail at Kanyon’s Golden. From assisting new owners about the necessity of dust baths for our chinchilla patients, to how to monitor for mammary lesions in rats, our professional staff takes the time to inform our owners about the possible medical conditions of these tiny family members.

Annual physical examinations are essential for all species, to allow for early detection and treatment of medical conditions. Whether your pocket pet is large or small, Kanyon’s Golden Veterinary Care offers our full array of veterinary diagnostics, surgical, and dental services for optimal health and wellbeing of your ‘nibbler’. Stop by the hospital for quality timothy hay, guinea pig and chinchilla diets and goodies today.

Online Resources for Pocket Pet Owners