Small Pets:

There is a huge variety of suitable pets available for children. Rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, hamsters and fish are all popular children's pets and provided you keep them clean, fed and watered, they can be great fun. Food and bedding is relatively cheap and if you have a paper shredder, shredded paper is great to use mixed with straw. Most of the "small furries" are easy to look after and can be very affectionate.

A few things to remember:
Do - Ensure that bedding is cleaned out often enough not to smell - this is essential for airway health. Fish tanks should be cleaned regularly. Insist on good hand-washing following and handling of pets or pets excrement when cleaning out cages etc. Show your child how to approach and handle pets gently. Ask your vet about the correct way to handle young animals. House them indoors or in a garage during the winter, if it gets very cold. Avoid loud noises, rough play. Feed your pet on a proper diet daily - discuss what is meant by a proper diet with the vet at a post-purchase checkup. Remember that your pet needs regular exercise.

DO NOT let very young children handle pets by themselves. Do NOT allow very young children to shout at or hit your pet. DO NOT disturb your pet when it is asleep, eating or playing with a toy - pets need private time too. DO NOT let animals lick faces.

We see and treat a wide variety of small pets, even exotic animals that are not often seen as pets.

Ferrets
The majority of ferrets are no longer working animals with short lives, but delicate pets that require sophisticated treatment. For instance, micro-surgery to remove adrenal gland tumours. As well as vaccinations, vasectomies and hormone implants are regular procedures.

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Rabbits
A very popular family pet. We promote National Rabbit Week and you will find us on the approved vets of the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund. To keep your rabbits happy and healthy they need to be vaccinated yearly and they need regular dental checks. When unwell rabbits can deteriorate quickly and if you notice any unusual behaviour you should seek advice.

Guinea Pigs
Dentals on guinea pigs is not straight forward as anaesthesia can be complicated. We have a number of vets who have the expertise to treat these animals.

Other Small furries
No animal is too small for us to treat. Removal of lumps and bumps from rats and hamsters is routine here at Seers Croft as is castration and spaying.

 

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Consultations

Consultations are arranged by
appointment at the following times:
Weekdays between, 9:00am and 7:00pm
Saturday between, 9:00am and 1:00pm

Reception Opening Hours

Weekdays between, 8:30am and 7:00pm
Saturday between, 8:30am and 4:00pm

Tel: 01293 851122
Fax: 01293 852152
Email: vets@seerscroft.co.uk

 

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