GENERAL EXOTIC PET SERVICES

When compared to dogs and cats, signs of disease can sometimes be even more subtle in exotic pets. Which is why annual health checks (and often blood tests) are strongly recommended.

During this health check we will closely examine your pet, and review all aspects of their behaviour and husbandry. This ensures that any subtle changes, which may have gone undetected, are investigated to ensure your pet is not showing early signs of disease.

If your pet needs some time to rest and recuperate, our hospital facilities boast the latest technologies in a comfortable setting. Exotics are housed in comfy cages with plenty of places to hide, and are offered the tastiest foods possible to ensure they don’t lose their appetite during their stay.

Exotic pets become stressed easily when in close proximity to predators such as dogs and cats. You may notice that dogs, cats and exotic pets have separate waiting areas and consultation rooms. This is extended to our hospital areas, where each group has separate areas – minimising stress and increasing patient comfort.

Note that while they are all classed as ‘exotic pets’; whenever possible, we will also endeavour to house rabbits and rodents in a separate room to predatory species such as snakes and ferrets. Stress delays healing, so we want your pet to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possibly during their hospital or boarding stay.

We offer some of the latest technology to allow us to obtain results quickly – often within half an hour. Our in-house services are able to perform a complete blood count, assess organ function, and flag any markers for significant disease on the spot.

For any results we are unable to obtain immediate results from, we offer to send them to our closest laboratory. This ensures that you receive results  quickly, within 1-2 days in most cases.

Faecal and blood testing is completed during many routine exotic pet health checks, and we may also recommend screening tests for diseases in birds and reptiles.

Medications for most conditions is kept in stock, and we have to order it in, we will happily post the medication to your home.

 

For any chronic illnesses your pet is diagnosed with, we will send you home with detailed information which includes frequently asked questions about their medication. We don’t want any potential side effects taking you or your pet by surprise, so we will ensure that you are well informed about any medications we recommend for your pet, before our vets prescribe them.

Digital radiography, ultrasonography and endoscopy are all available in one place; allowing us to reach a diagnosis quickly. Our experienced and friendly vets can recommend the best treatment modality (or a combination of both) based on your pet’s clinical signs and history.

Our theatre suite is equipped to deal with an extensive range of surgical procedures. Our in-house vets are experienced with soft tissue surgeries, orthopaedic surgeries, dentistry, desexing and microchipping. 

During each procedure, your pet will be continuously monitored by an experienced anaesthetic nurse, and only the best anaesthetic monitoring equipment will be used during their procedure. For all surgical procedures your pet will be intubated (if possible), have a catheter placed prior to surgery for emergency venous access (if possible), and receive supplemental heat to ensure their body temperature is maintained (inhaled air warmer, heated air blanket, warmed intravenous or subcutaneous fluids). 

During surgery exotic pets are monitored closely throughout their procedure, until they have fully recovered from anaesthetic. We will monitor their breathing/ventilation (and ventilate if necessary), oxygenation, heart rate, anaesthetic depth, temperature and blood pressure. 

Surgery of exotic pets is often perceived as ‘risky’ when compared to procedures performed on dogs and cats. In actual fact, most complications during anaesthesia of exotic pets can be managed if detected early, so close monitoring is crucial in risk reduction. For birds and some other exotic species, we may recommend that surgery be postponed until your pet is more stable.

Owners can be assured that each patient will be discharged with detailed discharge instructions, covering every aspect of their procedure and any queries you might have.

All post-operative checks and suture removal appointments are free of charge.

It may come as a surprise that dental disease is one of the most common reasons for many exotic pets becoming unwell. Rabbits and guinea pigs are particularly prone to developing dental disease, and other animals such as lizards will sometimes need dental work too.

Dental care is one of the most important but overlooked aspects of your pet’s health, and can lead to significant illness if not caught early.

We understand that you are probably not used to examining your pet’s mouth on a regular basis, so feel free to book a free dental check with one of our friendly nurses if you are concerned they may be suffering from dental disease. 

In stock you will find a selection of parasite prevention products, all at reasonable prices.

We will remind you before each treatment is due, so you can get back to your busy schedule and worry about more important things. You may opt for regular faecal tests instead of intestinal parasite treatment – in which case, we can easily remind you when this is due too.