At Chantry Vets we have a dedicated friendly team specifically trained to care for the everyday needs of exotic pets, from the more common snakes, lizards, tortoises, amphibians, ferrets, guinea pigs, rodents, birds and fish to the more obscure of the species such as marmoset monkeys, sugar gliders, meerkats, prairie dogs, African pygmy hedgehogs, degus and indeed any non cat or dog companion pet.
If your exotic animal is already under the care of another Vet you are welcome to come to see us for a second opinion (you can then become one of our clients).  Unfortunately our Vets are unable to give telephone advice about a patient which is under the care of another Vet without first seeing your pet. It is an ethical requirement that your Vet is informed that we are seeing your animal.
Exotic pets are usually extremely ill and often show non specific signs of illness, compared to cats and dogs, when presented to us for veterinary care. Therefore, we often need to carry out extensive diagnostic tests including; blood sampling, faecal analysis, cytology, bacteria or virus isolation, x-rays, ultrasound and endoscopy. However, on occasion this can be expensive. We take pride in being able to offer the highest level of care, so we recommend that all owners should insure their pets. This allows a rapid diagnosis and the optimal treatment can be provided, without financial constraints.
If you are not already a Chantry Vets client we would love to welcome You and Your Pet to one of our surgeries, please CLICK HERE to register your pet online.
We offer and have access to full diagnostic services including:
· Digital x-ray
· Ultrasound
· Endoscopy
· Comprehensive in-house laboratory to assist in making a rapid and specific diagnosis, so as to optimise prognosis.
At Chantry Vets we have hospitalisation and medical treatment facilities to assist in the road to recovery of your animal.
Anaesthesia & Surgery  
Exotic species have very different requirements to cats and dogs, they require specialised equipment and facilities in order to safely anaesthetise and monitor them during their surgery. Our Exotic Pet Care Team is headed by Senior Vet, Mr Paul Harris, who has extensive experience and expertise treating a wide range of Exotic Species. Our Exotic Nursing care is provided by Qualified Veterinary Nurse, Miss Claire Allott and her team of caring and professional Nurses. Our Exotic Team use modern equipment, excellent facilities and utilise the latest medical and surgical techniques, as part of our commitment to providing the best possible care for your exotic pet.


Chinchillas, Gerbils, Guinea pigs, Hamsters, Mice, and Rats

Animals such as chinchillas, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, and rats are popular domestic pets. If you decide to have one of these animals as a pet you should think carefully before going ahead. A pet needs lots of love and care, including regular veterinary treatment such as vaccinations and dental care.

Some pets enjoy human contact more than others, so you will need to choose your pet carefully. Don't forget that your pet will need somewhere warm to sleep, a constant supply of water, feeding daily, toys to play with and regular exercise. It can cost up to £15 a month to care for a small pet, including food, veterinary care and pet insurance; there will be other costs, including buying housing and toys; you will also need to consider who will look after your pet when you go on holiday.

Chinchillas can live up to 15 years old and older, guinea pigs up to 8 years old, and other small pets can live up to 2 or 3 years old. Over this time your pet will expect lots of care, companionship, time for play and grooming. Being able to provide all of this will ensure you and your pet make the most of your time together.

For further advice please CLICK HERE to contact your nearest Chantry Vets surgery.


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