Physical and Mental Stimulation

The veterinary staff at Warm Hearts Pet Hospital is pleased to offer boarding services to all of our patients. We understand the emotions attached to leaving your pet while you are away. We try to relieve the anxiety associated with boarding by providing a large, state of the art facility with a warm and inviting atmosphere while also keeping your pet's health and well being a top priority. Our goal is to take the worry out of your travels.

The benefits of boarding at our facility include:

  • Each pet is supervised and cared for by a member of our highly trained veterinary staff
  • Should an emergency or illness arise, treatment is readily available
  • All pets are fed Purina EN or owners may bring special diets


  • Overnight- $14 per catominium

Canine Boarding:

  • Small Kennel: $12.50 per night
  • Medium Kennel: $15.00 per night
    • $10.00 per each additional pet in the same kennel
  • Run: $20.00 per night
    • $10.00 per each additonal pet in the same kennel
  • Large Run: $25.00 per night
    • $10.00 per each additional pet in the same kennel
  • Extra Large Run: $25.00 per night
    • $10.00 per each additional pet in the same kennel

The activities you provide for your small animal serve both as a form of exercise and mental stimulation. In addition to companionship, your little critters need activity for their health and well-being. Most activities relate to their burrowing and chewing instincts. Your pets will play together and individually and are fun to watch when they get moving.

A running wheel is the most important element for exercising rodents. In fact, hamsters run a distance of about eight miles per night. Just be sure to get one that is axle free if your pet has a long tail. Another popular toy is a polycarbonate plastic ball. You place your pet inside the ball and its legs give the ball motion to roll around the room. Animals love the freedom and exercise it provides while owners love that their pet can be outside the cage, but not able to hide or escape around the house.

To help maintain your rodent’s dental health and focus chewing where it won’t do any damage, be sure to keep chew toys in their cage. You can use twigs or wood as long as it isn’t painted or varnished and hasn’t been exposed to pesticides. You can also use small dog chew toys, but avoid those made of soft plastics (because your pet will chew them to pieces quickly) and metals.

Tunneling equipment builds on your pets’ natural burrowing instincts. Although cardboard tubes from toilet paper and paper towels can be used, they will end up being shredded quickly. For a more permanent solution, purchase tunnels made from heavy plastics at the pet store. The color is not important to your pet; only its opacity. Rodents prefer a slightly opaque, versus completely transparent, material. Make sure the diameter of the components is sized appropriately for your pets. Also be sure that the components are easy to remove and put back together, because you’ll need to clean and disinfect them weekly.

To feed your pet’s curiosity, rotate a series of other items in and out of the cage for variety. You can use anything that gives them enough space to crawl in and explore, such as a coffee can or (nonplastic) flowerpot. Avoid items made of soft chewable plastics or they will be chewed to bits.

Playing with you is an important aspect of your pet rodents’ exercise and mental stimulation, as well as companionly interaction. Most of these small animals need daily time outside of their cage. Because they are great escape artists and hiders, you want to keep them busy when they are out of their cages. Use treats to train your pets to do tricks, like stand on your shoulders or head, climb across your body from one hand to another, or jump from hand to hand.

Finally, don’t forget to place some paper towels in the cage weekly to give your pets the materials they need for nesting. They’ll shred the paper and create nests in the substrates or tunneling tubes — a productive activity that keeps them busy and satisfies a natural urge.

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Warm Hearts Pet Hospital

Office Hours
Monday:8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday:8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday:8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday:8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday:8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday:8:00 AM - 12:00 PM