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


Rodent Behaviour

Health check-ups including dietary and housing requirements

Respiratory Disease management


Surgery and hospital care


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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I visited UPV today for my three sick rats. I really couldn’t have asked for a better service. the information the vet gave me was so helpful and the individualised care she provided to my little ones was amazing to see. I wouldn’t go anywhere else from now on. Thank you so much.



Our experiences with this Vet have been consistently excellent, they’ve gone above and beyond with each rat we’ve brought in and followed up in the following days to make sure they’re doing well. Can’t recommend Unusual Pet Vets enough!



Never had a better or more thorough consult for my rats. Dr Josh and Dr Liz at Jindalee are both incredible. 16/10

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Nearest vet for your pet

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


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

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

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