Providing The Best Veterinary Care For Pet Mice And Rats

Our vast knowledge of unusual pet care extends to rat and mouse care as well. The Unusual Pet Vets are located in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane. Our veterinary teams have a deep understanding of pocket pets and the health and husbandry care needed to ensure they live a healthy, happy life.

Our services are designed to allow you – their faithful keeper – to create perfect home conditions. Keep them adequately nourished with their favourite food, keep them happy with the right daily care, and in contact with an expert rodent vet that helps them to lead a healthy life.

The Difference Between Rats And Mice

To the casual eye these two classes of rodent look particularly alike. So what is the difference between rats and mice? Here are a few:

Adult mice are much smaller than adult rats. In some cases, adult mice may be smaller than infant rats.

Behaviourally speaking, mice are generally the bolder of the two being curious, whilst rats are the craftier choosing to be cautious.

Experts In Pocket Pet Heath

Word to the wise and any rat vet near you should tell you the same – if not, allow us – we strongly advise against keeping the two species in the same cage. It is not a good idea at all as the two are not natural friends and will seldom get along – keeping them in the same cage usually results in injury or worse.

In general, both rats and mice are fairly easy to keep. They take up a minimal amount of space and require relatively straight-forward care. Both species of rodent are intelligent and have an appetite for just about anything.

An aspect of rat care and mouse care not to be taken for granted is keeping them in the same place – it is a challenge in itself with both species being unrivalled escape artists. A mouse can fit through a 1/4-inch hole whereas a rat can fit through a hole that is a 1/2 inch in diameter. Therefore, it is essential that their living environment or cage is suitable and secure.

Rats & Mice
Rats & Mice

The Unusual Pet Vets will gladly teach and share with you all the rat and pet mouse care details on how to keep your pocket-friendly pet happy and healthy. We will inform you on best practice for:

General rat and mouse care

Food, diet and nutrition

Housing preparation

Hygiene

Rodent Behaviour

Health check-ups including dietary and housing requirements

Respiratory Disease management

Desexing

Surgery and hospital care

Dentistry

Patient Story

Mary a gorgeous little rat presented to our Jindalee team for a second opinion due to a fast-growing mass inside her abdomen.

Radiographs were taken by the initial clinics but were inconclusive. We performed an ultrasound that identified a fluid-filled mass that was suspected to be part of her reproductive tract.

Mary was admitted for surgery and the mass was successfully removed. It weighed in at a total of 53 grams, which equalled 20% of her body weight! While Mary was under anaesthetic, she was also desexed at the same time to prevent future reproductive issues.

Mary recovered extremely well from her procedure and was reported to be back to her normal, happy self just 24 hours after the surgery. She was such a little trooper!

Mary rat and mouse
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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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. 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Nina Pearman

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

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Nearest vet for your pet

Location of the unusualpetvets

PERTH

BALCATTA CLINIC:

59 Erindale Road
Balcatta, Western Australia 6021
Phone: (08) 6318 5300

MURDOCH CLINIC:

The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University
90 South Street
Murdoch, Western Australia 6150
Phone: (08) 9360 2876

Location of the unusualpetvets

MELBOURNE

PENINSULA CLINIC:
210 Karingal Drive
Frankston, Victoria 3199
Phone: (03) 8738 3210

Location of the unusualpetvets

BRISBANE

JINDALEE CLINIC:
62 Looranah St,
Jindalee, Queensland 4074
Phone: (07) 2104 9499

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