Phone: 703-753-4444

Fax: 703-753-4446

5371 Merchants View Square
Haymarket, VA 20169

Dominion Valley Animal Hospital

Small Mammal and Rabbit care at DVAH

Veterinary Care for Rabbits, Ferrets and Other Small Mammals

Veterinary Team

Rabbits and other small mammals make intelligent, friendly and wonderful family pets, but have special care requirements to stay healthy and happy. Annual wellness exams (and other exams when needed; for example, if your pet has an accident), housing/bedding/caging, proper nutrition, fresh water and environmental enrichment are all part of their special care requirements.

We recommend an annual wellness exam to be sure your small pet is healthy. An annual wellness exam also gives us a baseline for future reference in the event your pet is ever sick. Annual exams give you time with our veterinarians so we can answer all of your health, behavior and nutrition questions.

Bringing Your Small Pet to DVAH

We recognize that coming to the vet can be a stressful experience for any pet, particularly our small ones. Our staff and doctors are very sensitive to this fact and do whatever we can to limit this stress.

Your pet may be more relaxed if brought in its regular enclosure if possible. It is also best not to clean the enclosure prior to bringing your pet in. This will allow your pet to be surrounded by familiar, comfortable smells, and will also retain samples for diagnostic testing if needed to better evaluate your pet.

Our small mammal wellness exams include

  • Complete physical examination, including oral exam
  • Weight checks
  • Fecal exam
  • Vaccinations if needed
  • Parasite prevention if needed
  • Heartworm testing and prevention (ferrets)
  • Dental Care and Cleaning (rabbits, ferrets)

We also offer:

  • Diagnostic testing, such as blood tests, skin scrapings, and biopsy of growths
  • Sex determination
  • Surgeries for spay/neuter, growth removal, dental disease, fractures, and internal problems
  • In-house pharmacy with medications and supplements 
  • Nutritional counseling tailored to the needs of your pet
  • Behavioral counseling
  • Environmental enrichment counseling
  • Microchipping
  • Senior Pet Care

How to Tell When Your Small Mammal is Sick

The best treatment for any illness is catching it early through annual wellness exams before your pet is showing signs of illness.

Small mammals survive in the wild by hiding illness, where displaying signs of illness or injury can be the difference between life and death. Unfortunately, this means that when they show signs of illness it is often advanced and more difficult to cure.

Signs to watch for include (but are not limited to):

  • Decreased activity
  • Decreased appetite or stops eating
  • Drooling
  • Sneezing
  • Limping
  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea
  • Head tilts to the side or is upside down
  • Weight loss
  • Changes in stool or urine production or appearance
  • Ocular or nasal discharge
  • Any sign of blood on the animal or in its enclosure
  • Muscle twitching, weakness
  • Witnessed or suspected injuries

Call us as soon as possible if your pet is displaying any concerning signs!


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