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Exotics & Small Furries

Our Services for Exotic Pets & Small Furries

Our Vet Mario loves to treat birds and reptiles and our Vet Amy B is pleased to welcome all species to her consulting room.

 

Some of our nurses also have special training in exotic animals. Our Head Nurse, Sarah is a trained exotics nurse, Nurse Nicola has experience with lots of more exotic species and our Nurse Talia has a passion for exotic patients (especially the scaley ones), do ask to speak to them if you need advice on routine queries such as housing, feeding and general management of your exotic pet.

 

Vet Amy B and Vet Nurses Nicola and Talia are all currently undertaking additional certificated studies and they would be happy to provide advice on stress-free and safe ways of transporting your exotic pets when they come to visit us.

 

We love to see:

  • Rabbits
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Hamsters & Gerbils
  • Rats & Mice
  • Chinchillas
  • African Pygmy Hedgehogs
  • Chickens, Ducks & Geese
  • Parrots
  • Budgies & Parakeets
  • Snakes
  • Geckos, Bearded dragons & other reptiles
  • And many more species…

Regretfully, we do not have the facilities to treat horses or farm animals.

Our Facilities for Exotic Pets & Small Furries

We always aim to provide a stress free and calm environment for all of our patients and understand that every species and individual animal has its own special requirements. Across all branches we try to keep prey species away from our canine and feline patients who might inadvertently scare your exotic pet. Our Portishead branch has undergone an extension to include a new exotics ward and dedicated consulting room especially for small furries, feathery and scaley pets. Our ward includes a calm quiet area for small mammals with plenty of space to exercise which helps us maintain our Rabbit Friendly practice status and perfect for helping your pet calmly recoup and recover from illness or a procedure. They will never have to hear a bark or meow during their stay!

 

For our reptiles we have hospital grade vivariums that can be adjusted to each species requirements to make them feel at home. Our avian housing is up high for the best perching spot and view with ventilation and temperature control. For rodents we have a variety of hospital cages, houses, hides and substrate to keep them happy while in our care. For the Rabbits and Guinea pigs we have large ground floor housing that allows social groups to be kept together.

 

Having our own ward allows us to examine and exercise our patients in a safe contained environment giving them more space if required. We even have a state of the art incubator to house our most poorly patients which allows us to keep them warm & toasty as well as provide oxygen or nebulise them as necessary. We can adapt all of our accommodation to suit the needs of the individual to make sure that they have everything they require for their stay. Rest assured your pet is in good hands no matter the species!

 

Our fantastic facilities means that we can provide more services than before for your exotic pets:

  • Neutering
  • Dentals
  • Surgeries and procedures to treat conditions
  • Hospitalisation and boarding for medical treatment and supportive care
  • Second opinions

Our Care for your Exotic Pet

Husbandry and how we care for our exotics pets is key to keeping them healthy and it also gives our vets clues in working out why they might be unwell. To help us treat your pet and give the best advice we might ask you to fill in a pre-appointment questionnaire and ask you to bring a faecal sample with you. Give us a call and one of our friendly receptionists can book you in and explain more.

 

If your exotic pet is ill, you can also be assured of our high standard of care for all of our more unusual patients.

We have:

  • Quicker, safer anaesthetic gas – Sevoflurane
  • Special small instruments for our smallest patients
  • Specialised Rabbit and rodent dental equipment at all branches
  • Dedicated enclosures away from dog and cat kennels to keep stress at bay
  • Small superficial ultrasound probe perfect for scans on even the tiniest patient.

 

Did you know you can also get you beloved exotics pets insured as well? Many companies will cover Rabbits and a couple will cover the more unusual species.

Rabbit Clinics

We are a RWAF Silver awarded Practice and all of our Vets and several of our nurses love seeing your bunnies. We offer  a free Rabbit Nurse Clinic and if any problem areas are identified, the nurse will book you in for a veterinary surgeon to examine your rabbit.

Tortoises

Our Nurses, Sarah and Nicola are especially happy to see tortoises.

 

Pre-hibernation appointments include a weight check and general health check up. It is extremely important not to hibernate a tortoise if it is underweight or is suffering from any health condition, therefore a check up is advised in August in order to make sure the tortoise is in a good condition to hibernate.

 

Post-hibernation checks enable us to assess the weight of the tortoise when they wake up. We can advise the best way to re-hydrate your tortoise and get them eating as soon as possible, and deal with any conditions arising from hibernation.

 

Call us to arrange a tortoise check up.

Chickens

You can find us on www.chickenvet.co.uk as Vets Mario and James are confident in treating all backyard poultry.