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Covid-19 Update

We are still available for you and your pet 24 hours a day should you need us but due to lockdown our services are now very different.

The health and welfare of animals is at the heart of what we do and we will never abandon that. We ask that you help us to keep everyone as safe as possible during the pandemic.

Stay safe everyone

Services for the Care of Small Mammals

Hamsters, gerbils and rats have always been firm favourites as children’s pets but more arid species such as degus and chinchillas are becoming more popular.

Some pets enjoy human contact more than others, so you will need to choose your pet carefully. Important factors to consider are appropriate diet, small mammals can be herbivorous, omnivorous or carnivorous and the choice of diet is vitally important for the well being of your pet. Did you know that a rodents teeth grow continuously throughout its life, 1-2cm every month? The correct diet will prevent problems occurring.

Correct husbandry is very important, housing should be thought about carefully, offering adequate space and the provision of toys, hides and cage furniture, these help to encourage natural behaviours and reduce stress. The provision of heat and correct substrates must be considered.

Register your pet with your local vet even if it is perfectly healthy, you will know where to go in an emergency and your vet will be able to give you advice on routine health care. The key to recognising illness in your pet is to know what your pet is like when it is well. Often an owner will be able to detect subtle changes in their pet’s behaviour or appetite that indicate illness well before anyone else can.

Remember, it’s FREE to register your pet with Lanes Vets and you can do it online >

Small Mammal Factsheets

Lanes Vets Limited is registered by The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. The RCVS register veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses to practise in the UK, and regulate their educational, ethical and clinical standards.