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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Informative Service

Very nice and informative service. Lovely vet practice, will definitely recommend to others.

Joanne Marsden

Wonderful and Knowledgeable

Wonderful and knowledgable vet. Took time to thoroughly check over my rabbit and answer all the questions I had. Would recommend to other rabbit owners.

Leona Hazel

Caring and Compassionate

Highly recommend, caring and compassionate no matter how small your pet. Thank you to the unusual pet vets for treating our very sick little mouse Moon, she came back to full health and is now enjoying life in a new home with new cage mates.

Kali and Co

Simply The Best

Cannot speak highly enough of the caring and lovely staff at UPV Osborne Park. Particularly to Dr Kelly for the wonderful treatment and compassion she displayed caring for my much loved
Bugz. Definitely recommend this practice. Simply the Best.

Stephen Waddell

A Great Vet For Exotic Pets

It’s a great vet for exotic pets, we would like to thank Dr Kiara and the nurses for all the help they have done for the bunnies especially when they have been unwell.

Gretel – Thankyou for all the tips and advice on what and what not to do with the bunnies.

We will definitely be recommending to all our exotic animal friends.

Jayde Darton

5 Stars All The Way!

Fantastic vets! Staff are so helpful and friendly. Vet’s are brilliant, they show so much love and compassion to our animals. 5 stars all the way!!

Nayre Manookain

A Huge Thank you

I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to the gang at Murdoch who helped my family and stimmy Cindy. It was a very stressful time and they assisted us with ease! Pricing was also more than reasonable which we were very grateful for. Thank you guys again, my noodle is now on the mend all to you guys.

Brook Oliver

Excellent Service, Caring and Professional Advice

Excellent service, caring and professional advice, and very good handling for our pet bird, on our first visit today at The Unusual Pet Vets, Jindalee. Very helpful, and they also provided further reading for us via email after our appointment regarding a few things we asked about. All staff were lovely and friendly – from the initial phone booking (you can do internet bookings too) to and including the consult. Thank you very much – we’ll definitely be back! Highly recommend.

Lisa Hack

Received the Best Service

Received the best service from Dr Sasha at the Sunshine Coast clinic. She taught me so much in such a kind manner and was very gentle to my Guinea pig. She then followed up by emailing further information on Guinea pig general care. Highly recommend!

Kate Hunter

Amazing and Caring Staff

Amazing and caring staff at the Ferntree Gully Clinic. Our baby rat was not well, and they always made time to help and support her. Very knowledgeable and compassionate. Would highly recommend and absolutely will use again. Thank you to everyone at Ferntree Gully for being there for us and Tabby.

Vicki Freedman