Rats and Mice

Rats and mice make wonderful pets and don’t require a large amount of space, making them perfect for apartment living. Rodents are intelligent and can be very affectionate companions.

We believe in providing a high standard of care for our lovely little rodent patients.

 

We offer all services for rodents including:

  • Emergency care
  • Hospitalisation with dedicated ward and custom enclosures
  • Annual health examinations
  • Desexing males and females
  • Micro-chipping
  • Laboratory testing
  • Diagnostic imaging – X-ray, Ultrasound, CT, MRI and fluoroscopy
  • Dentistry
  • Surgery for minor and major procedures
  • Behavioural investigations and management
  • Direct access to other specialities including oncology, ophthalmology, cardiology and imaging

 

 

Illness in rodents…

Rats and mice are prey species. They can often hide signs of disease until the problem has become very advanced and many injuries that initially seem minor, can also be very serious.

We recommend always erring on the side of caution when something seems unusual with your small rodent and having them examined by an small mammal veterinarian.

Signs of illness or injury in small rodents:

  • Less active, hunched or fluffed posture
  • Refusing food, drooling, reduced appetite or inability to chew
  • Changes in normal behaviours or routine
  • Having difficulty moving, limping or not using a leg
  • Breathing difficulties, discharge from the mouth or nostrils
  • Sneezing, coughing
  • Changes to one or both eyes (swelling, redness, discharge)
  • Drinking excessively
  • Urinating excessively or changes to the urine consistency or colour
  • Diarrhoea
  • Seizures, tremors
  • Bleeding, wounds, lumps or swellings
  • Fur loss, itching

 

Bringing your rat or mouse to the vet…

Bringing your small rodent to the vet can be a stressful time, especially when they are unwell or injured.

All patients need to arrive at the appointment in an enclosure. Often the normal enclosure is too large or difficult to bring in, so examples of other carriers include:

  • Cat and dog travel carriers are perfect for transport
  • Cardboard boxes or plastic containers (with ventilation holes)

If you cannot bring their normal enclosure to the appointment, a photo of the cage and surroundings can often be very helpful for the veterinarian.