Many things are special about keeping unusual pets. While it is interesting and exciting, it can also be difficult to know whether your pet is healthy and that their husbandry requirements are being met.

Unfortunately, there is a large amount of misinformation out there, as many general vet practitioners aren’t confident about exotic pets’ healthcare and husbandry needs. When it comes to exotic pet health, our knowledge and experience extend past the norm. We are the trusted experts when it comes to the health and wellbeing of extraordinary animals.

Health Check Cockatiel

How Often Does My Pet Need a General Health Check?

Exotic pets are very good at hiding signs of illness; therefore, regular health checks are essential for your unusual pet’s health and happiness. As they say, ‘prevention is the best medicine’ and 6-12 monthly visits allow our veterinary teams to perform a thorough examination of your pet and detect any changes with their health before it becomes a serious concern.

What Does a Health Check Involve?

Our general health check visits are booked in for a dedicated 30-minute appointment. This time allows our veterinarians to perform a physical examination on your pet that focuses on checking your pets’ vital signs (heart, temperature, respiratory rate), eyes and ears, teeth, joints, and skin. It is a nose-to-tail examination.

During a general health check, we will also discuss the husbandry and dietary requirements for your species of pet.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding your exotics pet’s health, this is the perfect time to discuss them with your veterinary team.

Health Check Guinea Pig
Health Check Bearded Dragon

What Happens if a Health Problem Is Detected During a Routine Health Check?

If a health problem is detected during a general health check visit, we will often admit your pet for the day to do more diagnostic testing. The benefit of identifying a health concern during one of your regular health checks is that we’ve likely caught it early. Therefore, medical treatment can be introduced at this early stage, improving your pet’s chance of recovery and survival.

If you think your pet is overdue for a general health check or showing signs of illness, or they’re displaying unusual behaviour, make an appointment with your local Unusual Pet Vets team today.

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I had my guinea pig Dasher booked in for castration and microchipping as part of the Hop Start Package and the staff there were very friendly, insightful, professional and helped to calm my nerves about the surgery. All went really really well and Dasher is loving his new food. I highly recommend them.

Neek Dianne Blackburn


Absolutely exceptional, every team member I encountered conducted themselves with absolute professionalism, compassion and care, and should be commended for their awesome work especially with the changed conditions they have had to accommodate for during COVID19.

Couldn’t recommend highly enough.

Thank you for going above and beyond to make the loss of our little man Winnie (ferret) as peaceful and painless as possible.

Angus and Bec


I cannot thank Dr Kelly and her staff enough for taking such great care of my 2-year-old Blackmoor goldfish ‘Pepper-Potts’.

Removing her eye has given her back her quality of life, she is a very happy girl again. Incredible knowledge, experience & great love and care was given, thank you so very much. 

💙Pepper-Potts & I love you all

Megan Michelle


I can’t speak highly enough about the team of vets and vet nurses who saved my baby weiro when he was very close to passing away. The service and care have been exceptional from the very start! Outstanding communication, phone call follow-ups, prompt replies to emails, extremely professional, so caring and empathetic. They really are just AMAZING at The Unusual Pet Vets.

A very special thank you to Dr Luke, who has been so committed to saving my little bird from day one and holding onto hope for him. My family and I are so thankful for you and your team for all you have done for him and for his ongoing care and treatment. You guys are awesome!

Milly Milloy


We are so happy to have now found our bird Buddy a fantastic vet service. The service we received from Dr Kelly and her team from start to finish was so welcoming and friendly. 

Cass C


I have been taking my python to Dr Josh since I got her 5 years ago. He is always very compassionate and goes through everything in great detail. In the beginning, I asked a LOT of questions and he always made time to answer as soon as he could. The new clinic is fantastic, and I know my animals are 100% safe and comfortable whilst there.

Madhra Bradley


Always a pleasure visiting unusual pet vets. They take good care of our birds and answer any of our questions with in-depth responses. I have seen Dr Sam a few times and it’s obvious he loves his job and the animals he treats, and I’m sure all the doctors are the same. 10/10 thanks so much!

Alex Hamilton


Fantastic care as always for our bunny with gut stasis. They called to bring our appointment forward to make sure that he received any necessary care as quickly as possible and gave us great information about the problem and the follow-up care and treatment. So reassuring to know that you are in expert hands.

Jessica Scott


A wonderful clinic that accepted an adorable, yet dazed Eastern Yellow Robin after it flew into my window. It was such a relief this service was available on a Sunday afternoon before a public holiday. Such commitment to preserving the wellness of our beautiful native wildlife must be commended, we’re so fortunate to have these dedicated saints.

Nina Pearman


Absolutely the best vet, they are so caring and dedication to their job. I cannot recommend them enough. Thank you.

Joshua Charles Fowler