Pocket Pets:

The most common pocket pets include rodents such as hamsters, gerbils, fancy mice, fancy rats and guinea pigs. It also includes sugar gliders, flying squirrels and hedgehogs.

Pocket pets require specialised Veterinary Care and in Ottawa there are 2 clinics who over this service: Carling Animal Hospital and Beechwood Animal Hospital.

The life expectancy of pocket pets varies. Here are some examples:

  • Hamster: 2-4 years.
  • Hedgehog: 3-5 years.
  • Rat: About 4 years.
  • Gerbil: 2-4 years.
  • Guinea pig: 4-5 years.


Aftercare for pocket pets can be expensive. Resting Paws offers a semi-private cremation with a personalised urn for $115.00 plus tax. The owner can witness the cremation if he/she wishes. The cost of the cremation does not include pick up service.

We also offer mini picture urns (upgrade cost of $10.00 applies).

Samples of the urns can be viewed on the website:




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