Surgery is often necessary for a range of problems that occur in unusual pets. While any surgery or anaesthetic has risks, exotic species often have a higher anaesthetic risk than dogs and cats. We minimise the risks of anaesthesia as much as possible to ensure a comfortable, safe, and smooth procedure for your pet.

Surgery and Anaesthesia

Anaesthesia

We have state-of-the-art anaesthetic monitoring equipment that allows us to monitor your pet’s heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, respiratory effort, expired carbon dioxide level, blood oxygenation level and temperature. We have specialised fluid pumps to ensure that your pet’s vascular system is supported while undergoing any procedure.

All our practices have specialised exotic animal ventilators that can breathe for animals as small as twenty grams! This is especially important for rabbits and reptiles as these species often go through apnoea periods (not breathing on their own) while under anaesthesia.
Many of our patients are very small, and we utilise active warming procedures during surgery to ensure that their body temperature does not drop too low. This decreases the surgical procedure’s impact on their bodies and gives them the best chance of a smooth recovery.

Surgery

We perform a whole myriad of surgeries here at The Unusual Pet Vets. From routine dental and sterilisations (neutering) to advanced orthopaedic repair of fractured bones – we have you covered.

The patients we see are unique and having the right equipment and surgical knowledge is important. We have the very best dental machines suitable for producing the low speeds required for small rabbit and guinea pig dental procedures and specialised surgical instruments to cater for all shapes and sizes of patient.

Our teams of veterinarians are some of the most knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to the surgical needs of all unusual and exotic pets. Weather your pet requires a routine surgical procedure or emergency surgery, you can trust that your exotic pet is in safe hands.

Surgery and Anaesthesia
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Testimonials

Customer

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

Customer

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

Customer

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

Customer

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

Customer

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

Customer

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

Customer

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

Customer

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

Customer

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

Customer

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

Joshua Charles Fowler