Hamsters, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, rats, sugar gliders and other pocket pets are treated by our caring veterinary staff, located in the greater Richmond Area.


Hamsters are native to Syria and are nocturnal animals. They are chunky-bodied, thick-furred, with cheek pouches, and are secretive burrowers and hoarders. They make wonderful pets and have no detectable body odor.

Guinea Pig

Guinea pigs are tail-less rodents that are native to the west coast of South America. Guinea pigs are cuddly, comical, and clever. They make great pets for children and can be very social animals. The guinea pigs do better in pairs so getting at least two is often a good idea.


Rats are one of the smartest of over 1700 rodents and have been kept as pets for hundreds of years. They have long bodies, long tails with little or no hair, long pointed noses, and are larger than mice.


Hedgehogs are mammals that have been around for millions of years. These animals naturally live throughout most of Africa and in southern Europe.

Sugar Glider

Sugar gliders are native to Australia, Tasmania, Indonesia, and Papua-New Guinea. Their descriptive name comes from their love of sweet foods and a membrane that allows them to glide.


Chinchillas are native to the Andes mountains in South America and live in colonies called “herds” at high elevations. Chinchillas are very intelligent and live for a long time.

Can’t Find Your Species? Call (804) 364-7030.