One of the saddest situations is when we find unusual and exotic pets that have escaped from their owners.

When a lost or displaced animal presents to our clinic, 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 locate their owners. Unfortunately, this means that these pets often never make their way back to their homes and are often re-homed.

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What Is a Microchip, and How Does It Work?

The microchip itself is about the size of a rice grain and contains a unique numeric code registered against your details and retrieved if needed. As part of the microchipping procedure, we register the unique code with a national registry. When scanned, the microchip number correlates to your pet’s details and your contact information.

Can All Exotic Pets Be Microchipped?

Yes, all exotic pets can be microchipped. We routinely microchip snakes, lizards, birds, rabbits, ferrets, mice and rats even frogs and turtles.

How Is the Microchip Implanted?

Depending on the species, the microchip is inserted into either the muscle or under the skin. Pain relief is administered, and sometimes a light anaesthetic is given to ensure that the pet is as comfortable as possible during and after the microchip placement.

Microchipping avoids heartache and allows for displaced pets to be reunited with their rightful owners.

If you would like to have your exotic pet microchipped, please schedule an appointment by either contacting us or booking an appointment online.

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Client – Sunshine Coast

There is a great positive vibe felt when you walk in the door! The staff are friendly, caring, and welcoming. Highly recommended. Thank you, from Pepper Pig.

Brad Symons

Client – Ferntree Gully

Very professional vets there! They have the vaccination available when every other vet clinic I called didn’t. They know rabbits so well that I was feeling very comfortable and confident to let them take care of my rabbit even though its further from home!

Danielle Lam

Client – Ferntree Gully

Love the welcoming receptionist and the vet. They treated my fur babies with care and also follow-up the subsequent day, just to make sure my bunnies are recovering well.

Timmy Toppy

Client – Sunshine Coast

The whole team at UPV Sunshine Coast are friendly, accommodating, professional, passionate, and caring! I have regular contact with the team as one of my parrots requires ongoing medication and they are always prompt with sorting out prescriptions and meds. Highly recommend. 

Lee Stone

Client – Sunshine Coast

Thank you to the team at UPV for taking care of Oscar the Eckie! We had a wonderful first appointment and Dr Pat took good care of my little guy, even though he can be nervous and difficult. I really appreciate you guys for going the extra mile to keep Oscar safe and to give him a positive experience.

Kiah Nash

Client – Sunshine Coast

Dr Alex at Buderim clinic was extremely kind and caring. His knowledge about bearded dragons is incredible. He was successful in helping Kiko our bearded dragon get back to optimal health. I was also impressed that he kept me informed twice a day. Many thanks. 

Penny Thompson

Client – Balcatta

Great staff and wonderful doctors, so helpful and caring about our pets. Really appreciated the respect and care given to our little friends.

Adam Cliff

Client – Balcatta

Thank you to Dr Yang for her attempt to help and care my rabbit, Lola. Even though it wasn’t the result we hoped and prayed for Dr Yang was very caring and professional with Lola even letting my mother and I having our last moments with her. We couldn’t be more grateful for that. Even sending us a condolence card in the mail. Dr Yang and team are highly recommended.

Anthony Koomen

Client – Balcatta

Absolutely amazing staff! They are all so caring, supportive, and professional. I had to provide palliative care for two of my older rabbits and the information & support I received from the staff was incredible. 10/10 would recommend! Plus, my rabbits give them the big tick of approval, so really that’s the main thing.

Sarah Manfredi

Client – Balcatta

I cannot speak highly enough of the care that my bird received at The Unusual Pet Vets in Balcatta. Dr Green was in constant contact with me leading up to Chirpy’s surgery and even gave me a call just prior to him going under. I can highly recommend them for any unusual pet you may have.

Sheree Bennison