Caring for unusual pets requires special care and equipment. That’s where we come in.

The Unusual Pet Vets are the trusted experts when it comes to caring for pet birds, reptiles, ferrets, mice and rats, guinea pigs, amphibians and even fish. 

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With a team of highly qualified and experienced vets on board, we are proud to offer care for your unusual pets.

Our services include; general health checks and husbandry advice, vaccinations for rabbits and ferrets (VIC & WA), dental surgery for guinea pigs, rabbits and lizards, microchipping, nail clips, beak corrections, desexing, soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, x-ray and ultrasound, and disease screening and prevention for all exotic pets.

With clinics located in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane, we pride ourselves on offering the highest standards of care and customer service. We use the latest diagnostic equipment and tailor the treatment and medical care to the individual needs of your exotic pet.

Vaccinations

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.

Steralisations

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 checkups

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.

Nail clipping

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

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. Consider their environment and how not having the same flight might impact them. If you’re choosing to clip your birds’ wings, ensure that this is performed with someone who is experienced, you don’t want them clipped too short.

We offer free wing-clipping with a health check consultation or it can be performed on its own for a small fee. To make an appointment, just give us a call or book online.

Microchipping

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 Anaethesthesia

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.

Lab testing

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

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.

Beack corrction

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

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

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.

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.

Vaccinations

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.

Steralisations

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.

General health checkups

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.

Nail clipping

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. Consider their environment and how not having the same flight might impact them. If you’re choosing to clip your birds’ wings, ensure that this is performed with someone who is experienced, you don’t want them clipped too short.

We offer free wing-clipping with a health check consultation or it can be performed on its own for a small fee. To make an appointment, just give us a call or book online.

Wing clipping

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.

Microchipping

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.

Surgery Anaethesthesia

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.

Lab testing

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.

Faecal

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.

Beack corrction

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.

Sexing

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.

Disease screening
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