At RVC Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital and vet practice, you can be reassured that you are getting exceptional small mammal vet knowledge and expertise. From the very first day you get your new small furry pet - and throughout its lifetime - we can support and advise you and your small pet every step of the way.   

Due to their size, sometimes small mammal pets can be seen as an ‘easier’ option - especially as they may be the first pet a child ever owns. In reality, they may need as much looking after as other domestic pets, such as cats and dogs. We encourage clients to look into what is involved in caring for their 'small furry' animal before committing to owning one so all family members know what to expect to keep their pet happy and healthy.

Our small animal vet service supports a wide variety of species, including:  

  • African pygmy hedgehogs
  • Chinchillas
  • Degus
  • Ferrets
  • Gerbils
  • Guinea pigs
  • Hamsters
  • Meerkats
  • Rats
  • Mice
  • Sugar gliders

We recognise that all of them have different needs which is why we have

  • Separate waiting areas in our vet reception for small mammals so that any stress for your visit is minimised
  • Specialist hospital ward area dedicated only to prey species (predator species kept separately)
  • Bespoke ward facilities designed with very small animals' needs in mind
  • Adjustable lighting to create a more reassuring environment

Small mammal care sheets   

Caring for your African pygmy hedgehog (pdf download)

Caring for your chinchilla (pdf download)

Caring for your degu (pdf download)

Caring for your ferret (pdf download)

Caring for your gerbil (pdf download)

Guinea Pig Care Factsheets (multiple)

Caring for your guinea pig (PDF download)

Guinea pig diet and feeding factsheet (PDF download)

Guinea pig behaviour and companion factsheet (PDF download)

Guinea pig pregnancy guide (PDF download)

Guide to hand rearing guinea pigs (PDF download)

Lethal White Guinea Pig Factsheet (PDF download)

Caring for your hamster (PDF download)

Caring for your meerkat (pdf download)

Caring for your sugar glider (pdf download)

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