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Desexing Guinea Pigs

This week, we will be discussing the importance of desexing guinea pigs!  Many people are often unaware that it is possible to desex guinea pigs, and that there are a number of health benefits to doing this at a younger age.   Did you know that female guinea pigs can...

Prophylactic desexing of Rats

** CAUTION – some graphic images ahead**   Hi everyone! This month we are going to talk to you all about the importance of de-sexing various exotic pets! Many people think that de-sexing procedures are only for dogs and cats but that isn’t true. We advise...

Health checks over Winter

The cooler weather that comes with winter puts additional stressors on everyone’s bodies – including those of our pets! Some particular health issues that we see exacerbated with the cooler weather include: Arthritis: the cool weather can be hard on the joints, and...

Keeping Birds Warm

There are a number of products sold for birds to help them stay warm – particularly sleeping bags such as ‘happy huts’ and snuggle buddies made of soft, fluffy materials. Although many birds enjoy having access to these they can pose a significant health risk. It is a...

Keeping Small Animals Warm Over Winter

Our small mammals (such as guinea pigs, rats and mice) generally much prefer our cooler temperatures over winter.  In fact, summer is much more problematic! However, sudden changes and temperature extremes can still be problematic, particularly when we have a very...

Keeping Your Reptile Warm Over Winter

I am sure everyone has noticed that winter is coming – those chilly mornings make it harder and harder to get out of bed! So our education focus this month is on heating for our scaled, furred and feathered pets! Keeping our little critters warm over winter can help...

Safe Transport of Fish and Amphibians to the Vet

To finish off our education topic of ‘Safe Transport’ today we are talking about aquatic creatures! We are lucky at BBEVS that we get to see a wide variety of animals, which includes amphibians such as frogs and axolotls, and even fish. Fish and amphibians are not the...

How to Safely Transport Reptiles to the Vet

Hello everyone! Earlier this month we posted about safe transport of birds and small mammals to the vet, now we’re moving on to our scaled creatures! Reptiles come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and can sometimes be a bit challenging to transport. The most...

How to Transport Your Small Mammal to the Vet

Hello everyone! Last week we spoke to you about transporting our avian friends to the vet, now we are following on with small mammals! We are lucky that we get to see a lot of these cuties in the clinic! There are a number of different ways to transport your guinea...

How to Transport Your Bird to the Vet

Hello everyone! For our educational topic this month we thought we would discuss how to safely bring your pets to the vet! We often have people ask when they book an appointment how to bring in their animal. We are starting with birds and will also include information...

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