Caring for our more unusual patients
For the slightly more unusual domestic pets like reptiles and birds, it is particularly important that their welfare is protected and all of their needs are met, as their natural environment is very different to that of your home!
Here, at Parkvets, Dr Sam Mak is currently our go-to exotics vet, but – in the absence of our senior exotics clinician, Dr Dos Santos – he may not be able to manage the more complex cases or rarer species. If we feel it appropriate we will recommend referral to a practice with more specialist knowledge and experience. Dr Dos Santos is currently serving as President of the British Veterinary Association, and will return to us late in 2020.
We are of course able to see and hospitalise your exotics pet in the event of an emergency.
Birds – Encompassing everything from little budgies or canaries to parrots – can make fabulous pets but need very specific care as there are particular dangers around the home that can pose serious threats to them. Some are more obvious, like ceiling fans or electrical wires, but some – such as poor quality air or the wrong toys – can also affect their quality of life and health.
Reptiles – Including geckos, lizards, chameleons, bearded dragons, snakes and many others – are often native to much warmer climates than we have here in the UK. Many of them will need to be kept in temperature-controlled tanks or cages, to ensure that they remain healthy and comfortable. They will also require specific and unique diets, so make sure that you are aware of their nutritional needs and habits too.
Small Mammals – Including gerbils, ferrets, hamsters and even the slightly more unusual chinchillas and degus – will all have their own behavioural patterns, dietary needs and set of possible medical conditions to which they might be particularly susceptible. Our vets will advise on the best methods of care for all of them, and also on ways in which you can make sure they are happy and healthy at all times.
For more information about the services available for exotic animals here at Parkvets, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0208 300 8111.
Insuring your pet
Even with the best will in the world, sometimes unpredictable things happen. Illnesses are often unexpected, so it’s best to be prepared in case something does happen to your feline friend.
Pet insurance offers you that vital reassurance that no matter what treatment your pet needs, it can be covered. There’s nothing worse than having to weigh up the importance of your pet’s wellbeing against your ability to meet the costs.
That’s why here at Parkvets we work closely with our insurance partner Petplan, to ensure that as many pets as possible are covered against unexpected circumstances. Petplan provides an excellent “cover for life” policy, as well as delivering great customer service.
You’ll probably find it’s one of the best investments you’ll ever make. To learn more about Petplan or why insurance is so strongly recommended for your pet, please give us a call on 0208 300 8111
Finding your pet if they get lost
However careful you might be with your pet, there is always a small chance that at some point their cage door might be left open even the tiniest crack, and they may well seize the chance for a little exploring of their own. If they do manage to escape, the knowledge that they are microchipped means that when they are found they can be returned to you as quickly as possible
A microchip is a very small piece of technology – roughly the same size as a grain of rice – which is inserted underneath your pet’s skin. The chip carries a unique code which can be read using a specialist scanner. When entered into a national database of domestic pets, this code will bring up your contact details and identify you as the owner.
The computerised database can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This means that no matter when your pet might wander a little too far from home, the relevant animal authorities will be able to scan them and get in touch with you straight away.
The specialist microchip scanners that reveal your pet’s code, and subsequently your contact details, are only held by specific authorities including all veterinary practices, rescue shelters and animal welfare charities like the RSPCA.
The microchipping procedure is very quick, lasting only a few seconds, and can be carried out almost painlessly. Many pets are not even aware that it has happened. Your pet can be chipped during a routine consultation, or during a surgical procedure if you let us know in advance.
It’s a small price to pay for the knowledge that your pet can be traced and returned to you in the event that they ever go missing.
For more information about microchipping, or to book an appointment for your pet, please call us on 0208 300 8111.
Saying goodbye, when the time comes
As much as we’d undoubtedly like them to stay around forever, eventually the time will come for you to have to say goodbye to your pet. This is an understandably distressing experience for any owner, and here at Parkvets we have a series of measures in place to help make it as stress-free as possible for you.
Our staff are specially trained through Compassion Understood to help you prepare for your pet’s passing and to plan any arrangements necessary afterwards – all you have to do is let us know what you’d prefer and we’ll take care of the rest for you.
What’s more, we can guarantee that there will always be someone at our hospital for you to talk to if you ever need a little extra support – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – who will be happy to give you as much time as you need.
For more information about our euthanasia and pet cremation services, please download the PDF file Saying Goodbye.
If you have any questions or would like further advice or support from a member of our team, please feel free to call us on 0208 300 8111.