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Rats and Mice

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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
Laboratory testing
Diagnostic imaging – X-ray, Ultrasound, CT, MRI and fluoroscopy
Surgery for minor and major procedures
Behavioural investigations and management
Direct access to other specialities including oncology, ophthalmology, cardiology and imaging

A rat sitting near a box

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
Seizures, tremors
Bleeding, wounds, lumps or swellings
Fur loss, itching

A rat being fed during a veterinary visit

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.