Exotic pet veterinary surgery & microchipping

Caring for unusual pets requires special care and equipment. That’s where we come in. The Unusual Pet Vets offers a range of veterinary services in Perth for your unusual pets, whether it’s an exotic bird, a python or a rat. Of course rabbits, mice, ferrets and any kind of unusual pet you may have are welcome at our clinics.   Contact us to book your unusual pet in today.

With a team of highly qualified and experienced vets on board, we are proud to offer care for your unusual pets. Whether it’s a pet microchip for your parrot or pet health check for your guinea pig, it is no problem for our caring and knowledgeable team.

We offer a high standard of care for all your pets, and are the only multi-vet practice in Perth that offers medical care for exotic animals only. The high-end technology at our clinics includes a veterinary surgery and a veterinary diagnostic laboratory.

Some of our specialised services include:

Vaccinations

Ensuring your pet is up to date with their vaccinations is very important to prevent against deadly diseases. Vaccinations involve your pet having a small injection under their skin that then allows their body to become familiar with the inactivated disease particles so that if they are ever exposed to the real disease they are ready to fight it. We recommend rabbits be vaccinated biannually (every 6 months) against calicivirus. Ferrets should be vaccinated every 12 months against distemper virus. Both of these diseases will kill your pet if they contract the disease and are not protected by the vaccination.

Currently in Australia there are no commercially available vaccines for parrots, reptiles, amphibians, guinea pigs, rats or mice.

Sterilisations (desexing or neutering)

Sterilisation (otherwise known as desexing or neutering) is recommended for many exotic pets and it is important in preventing many problems that can occur later in your pet’s life. We recommend that rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, rats and mice should all be routinely desexed to prevent a range of issues. In some cases sterilising your reptile or bird is also indicated for some diseases. For further information or to book in your pet please contact us today.

General Health Check Ups

There are many things that are special about keeping unusual pets, and while it is interesting and exciting, it can also be difficult to know whether your pet is healthy and being properly looked after. A good example of this is the amount of misinformation that is out there. For instance, the majority of parrot owners still feed their parrot a diet of mainly seed as this is often what they have been told by the pet shop or breeder. In fact, seed is actually a poor diet for many parrots and can be detrimental to your bird’s health in the long run.

It can also be difficult to tell if your unusual pet is sick as many animals don’t show any obvious signs until they are very sick, and by this time it may be too late to save them. This is one of the reasons why an annual health check is very important. Not only does it give us the ability to detect any underlying diseases before it becomes too serious, it also gives us the opportunity to discuss any husbandry problems or questions you may have.

Nail clipping

Are your pet's nails getting a little sharp? Many pet's, particularly those kept indoors, often don't wear down their nails as they naturally would if they were out in the wild. Over time this leads to them becoming sharp and overgrown. Some nails will even curl back on themselves and start to dig into your pets foot which can be very painful. We recommend regularly nail clipping for rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, many birds, some reptiles as well as some rats.

We offer free nail clipping with any consultation as well as a service on its own (without a consultation) for a small fee. To book your pet in just give us a call.

Wing Clipping

Making the decision to clip your bird’s wings is never an easy one and there are many differing opinions on the best way to clip your bird’s wings.

Before clipping your birds wings we recommend that you think about the reasons that you are clipping them and what you are hoping to achieve. The reason for this is because once clipped it can take a long time for new feathers to come through and for your bird to be able to fly again. The other thing to consider is the type of environment that your bird lives in – you should ask yourself how your bird will manage if it can’t fly and consider if it will negatively affect your bird.

Once you have made the decision to clip your birds wings we recommend that you get someone with competency in the task to show you how to do it until you become comfortable with the procedure. The main reason for this is that we see birds whose wings have been cut too short on an all-too-regular basis by those inexperienced (and some ‘experienced’ people). If the wings are cut too short your bird will then have problems with ‘crash landings’ which can cause severe injuries, some of which need to be surgically repaired.

We offer free wing-clipping with a health check consultation or it can be performed on its own for a small fee, to book in just give us a call :)

Microchipping

One of the saddest situations is when we find unusual and exotic pets that have escaped from their owners. The first thing we do is scan them using our microchip scanner. The lucky ones come back with a personalised microchip number that allows us to track down their owners. The unlucky ones have no microchip, making it very difficult to find their owners. Unfortunately this means that these pets often never make their way back to their homes and often have to be re-homed. Microchipping avoids this problem and we highly recommend it.

Surgery and Anaesthesia

Surgery is often necessary for a range of problems that occur in unusual pets. While any surgery or anaesthetic has risks, we try to minimise these by ensuring that your pet gets the best care possible. We have state-of-the-art facilities including specialised fluid pumps, intensive monitoring equipment that allows us to monitor your pet's cardiovascular and respiratory function in detail, advanced exotic animal ventilators (which very few clinics have access to), specialised anaesthetic airway management equipment and a range of advanced surgical equipment that allow us to ensure that your pet's surgical time is minimised.

Laboratory Testing and Diagnostic Imaging

We have access to a fantastic range of laboratory facilities that make diagnosing your pet much easier. Our range of equipment includes a high-tech microscope with a range of staining equipment, a biochemistry machine that allows us to run a range of blood tests and get the results quickly, digital radiography (x-ray), computed tomography (CT), specialised endoscopy, advanced ultrasonography, centrifuge, blood glucose machine as well as access to further testing through a range of external laboratories if required.

Faecal testing

Faecal testing can be a great way to screen your pet for internal parasites such as worms and coccidia which can be life-threatening if left untreated. It can also be very helpful if your pet has diarrhoea or other gastrointestinal signs (including weight loss) to try to find what is causing your pet to be unwell.

Many of the species we see do not require regular worming unless they are exposed to new parasites, so it can also be a good way to see if your pet needs to be wormed rather than just treating your pet for parasites that it may not have.

In most cases we perform faecal testing on the spot and you will have the results within 10-15 minutes of the sample being taken.

Beak corrections (beak trims)

Normal birds generally wear down their beak naturally and do not generally require regular beak trimming. Unfortunately some birds develop abnormal beaks, this can be as a result of a developmental problem, nutritional deficiency, illness or can also be due to an injury. In these cases the two different parts of the beak (the upper and lower) may start to miss each other, which becomes a problem in some cases as the area that is not connecting with the opposite beak then continues to grow. If this occurs then beak correction is generally recommended.

In most cases this is a simple procedure that can be performed with your bird awake, however in other more serious cases (or if your bird is very nervous or stressed) a short anaesthesia is sometimes needed. If you are concerned about your birds beak please get in touch with us.

Sexing

It is often necessary for people with multiple animals to know the sex of their animals, either to avoid breeding or to allow breeding to occur. We recommend the use of DNA sexing for avian species as it is a safe method that provides accurate results. For reptilian species there is a range of different techniques that can be used to sex your animals. These include probing, ‘popping’, sexual dimorphism, endoscopy, radiography and ultrasonography. We offer all of these services and the type of sexing method used depends entirely on the age and species. For further information on which method would be most appropriate for your pet, contact us.

Disease screening

There are many infectious diseases that our unusual and exotic pets can carry, some of these are zoonotic which means they may be transferable to humans. We offer a range of disease screening testing options for your new pet. For specific details and to discuss the testing that would be recommended for the species you are keeping please get in touch with us.