Specialist Pets Healthcare

Small and Scaly, Feathered and Furry

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It can be difficult finding the right expertise for your exotic pet, but at Sandhole Veterinary Centre we have both the qualifications and experience to offer the very best care to these special animals - from the smallest mammal up to the largest snake! 

Bearded Dragon Our team understand the importance of a quiet and calm environment for many exotic species, and our facilities are tailored accordingly. We have dedicated facilities for housing aquatic and semi-aquatic patients, as well as heat and light-controlled  tanks for amphibians and reptiles and a separate ward for birds and small animals, away from the potential noise of our canine patients! 

Our specialist pet facilities include:

  • Sevoflurane anaesthesia Ducks
  • Ventilator (important for exotic anaestheisa)
  • Specialised tortoise surgical equipment
  • Full range of rodent dentistry equipment, including a high speed diamond burr
  • Specific surgical instruments for exotic species
  • State of the art digital radiography
  • Ultrasound
  • Access to a specialised exotics laboratory 
  • Rigid endoscopy
  • Live Foods
  • In-house blood, urine and faecal testing Tortoise

Preventative healthcare for your exotic pet

We provide a full and varied range of services to help keep your pet happy and healthy, including:

  • Neutering
  • Dentistry
  • Identichipping
  • Ferret vasectomies  Snake
  • Pre and post hibernation checks for tortoises
  • Dietary and husbandry advice
  • Blood testing for general health and to check for infectious disease (e.g. PBFD in birds)
  • Post-purchase check ups 
  • Annual health checks
  • Faecal testing 

Dietary and husbandry advice

It is unfortunate that despite the owner’s best intentions, in our experience as many as 95% of cases of disease in exotic pets are caused by incorrect husbandry.

Chinchilla  That’s why Sandhole Veterinary Centre is pleased to offer free post-consultation appointments with our exotic's nurse. Whether your question is about providing the correct diet for your beloved macaw, creating environmental enrichment for your red-eared terrapin or housing your chameleon correctly, we will be happy to help.

Please call us on 01634 242502 to book your appointment. 

  • We have been coming to Sandhole with our dogs for 16 years and with our guinea pigs for the last 3 years. The Team are always very friendly and accommodating, they are caring and understanding and we have always found that nothing is too much trouble. The clinic is always clean and there is plenty of parking. We are not really local to the clinic but would not use any where else unless it was an absolute emergency.