Typical pocket pets include rodents such as: hamsters, gerbils, fancy mice, fancy rats, rabbits and guinea pigs. It also includes common, non-exotic animals such as sugar gliders; which have been domestically bred as housepets in the U.S. for the last 15 years. According to a recent 2007 study conducted by the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA), it is estimated that American families own 6.2 million rabbits, 1.2 million hamsters, 1.1 million Sugar Gliders and just over one million Guinea Pigs.
'Pocket pet' health threat overstated, experts say Proper handling key to avoiding disease from hamsters, turtles
May 27, 2005; PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- This week, a man whisked his 11 pet gerbils to a local animal shelter after hearing reports that a virus from...