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What to look for in a vet?

Post by Blank_Page » Mon Feb 29, 2016 11:12 am

I'm looking for a vet who had experience with rats. My friend suggested a rodentologist and I was wondering if anyone has found and sort of database to show which practices rodentologists work at?

Or does anyone know of any good specialists within the Edinburgh area?

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Re: What to look for in a vet?

Post by Helzie » Mon Feb 29, 2016 1:24 pm

are any of these any good for you? http://www.fancyratsforum.co.uk/viewtop ... f=27&t=547

Otherwise, I check for basic understanding- do they know that rats can't vomit (you don't need to starve them before an op), do they know not to put medication in the drinking water ( :roll: ) and are they prepared to use drugs which aren't officially intended for rats (very few are designed for rats, although they generally are tested on them!). Have they done many surgeries on small furries?

I'd be looking for an exotics vet rather than a rodentologist, specifically.

there's some more info here: http://www.fancyratsforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=46
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Re: What to look for in a vet?

Post by Feline » Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:38 pm

The term 'rodentologist' is not something that exists as a sub-specialty in the veterinary profession. What you want is either a vet with an interest or specialising in exotics, or a vet who has an interest in small furries in general. It often tends to be the same vet in a practice who has an interest in rabbits and guinea pigs too. It's worth enquiring if your local practice has someone with those kinds of interests or not. These days more and more general practitioners have done extra courses in rodent medicine (as well as poultry medicine which is a growing thing in the pet business at the moment!). The level of care available for rodents improves all the time :)

Vets to avoid could be older ones without specific knowledge of exotic species, or who also do farm work and might be less inclined to be interested in rats as pets.

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Re: What to look for in a vet?

Post by RedFraggle » Tue Mar 01, 2016 7:49 am

I agree but with the caveat that it really does depend on the vet. My preferred vet of 16 years is the practices large animal vet who does all their farm work. He's great with ratties because he 1. Is open to my suggestions and 2. Will go away and look stuff up and read forums etc.
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Re: What to look for in a vet?

Post by RedFraggle » Tue Mar 01, 2016 7:50 am

Just to add, in Edinburgh I'd be wanting to go to the Royal Dick at Pentlands
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Post by cyber ratty » Tue Mar 01, 2016 8:28 am

One essential thing to look for - is a keenness to learn, and willingness to accept that specialist owners may have useful knowledge. Nothing worse than a vet who considers that they know everything and that the pet owner knows nothing. Ideally you want to be able to form a partnership with them when it comes to caring for your rats.

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Re: What to look for in a vet?

Post by alijane » Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:53 pm

I think you will get willingness to learn if you go to the Royal Dick - it is where my fantastic rat vet trained. Young vets might well be more keen to learn and find out than more established ones.

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Re: What to look for in a vet?

Post by rofay » Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:36 am

RedFraggle wrote:Just to add, in Edinburgh I'd be wanting to go to the Royal Dick at Pentlands
We are in Edinburgh and first time rat owners. We started off by registering at Braid vets as it's closest and they seem absolutely fine, but when we got one of our boys neutered I did a lot of research and kept getting recommendations for Dick Vet, who were absolutely fantastic. They clearly know a lot about rats and see them more often. It was very reassuring. When they did Nutmeg's pre-op health check they also kindly offered to give Pepper (who we'd brought too for company) a check-up as well at no extra cost. They also suggested we bring them both in together for the operation so that Nutmeg had some company post-op, and they both stayed in overnight. Not sure whether that's out of the ordinary or not, but it gave me a lot of confidence.

They are also not-for-profit and really friendly and lovely.

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Re: What to look for in a vet?

Post by Blank_Page » Sat Mar 05, 2016 8:34 am

Wow thank you so much everyone!! This is great as when I last had mice my local vet was experienced with them but that was an entirely different part of the country to where I am now.

Rofay - good to know your personal experience with both those vets. I've scheduled a check up with my nearest vet after enquiring to find they have one vet who specialises in rodents and small animals. So will see how that goes next week but it's good to know recommendations if I'm not happy with him once I've met him.

Thank you so much for your help!
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Re: What to look for in a vet?

Post by rofay » Tue Mar 08, 2016 12:21 pm

Good luck! Let us know how you get on. :)

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Re: What to look for in a vet?

Post by fim42 » Tue Mar 08, 2016 2:55 pm

Another vote for the Dick Vet. They really know their stuff but are still willing to discuss things with you. They've also been really good with me about looking at long term plans, not just treating exactly what is in front of them (for example I have a system with them for treating respiratory issues to try to minimise long term resistance to antibiotics). Their emergency service (whilst expensive) is also excellent, with an exotics vet always on call. So far I've had four rats go in for surgery with them - two emergencies (both survived) and two moderate to high risk, and have nothing but excellent things to say about that side of things. If my rat needed surgery I certainly wouldn't consider going anywhere else!

This is also more of a personal thing, but I also love being able to help train the next generation of vets! So many students come out of vet school with little to no experience with rats so I figure any I can help give them is a good thing :)
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Re: What to look for in a vet?

Post by fim42 » Tue Mar 08, 2016 2:58 pm

rofay wrote:
RedFraggle wrote:Just to add, in Edinburgh I'd be wanting to go to the Royal Dick at Pentlands
They also suggested we bring them both in together for the operation so that Nutmeg had some company post-op, and they both stayed in overnight. Not sure whether that's out of the ordinary or not, but it gave me a lot of confidence.

They are also not-for-profit and really friendly and lovely.
Just to add to this - they actively encourage you to have a second rat for company unless there's an exceptionally good reason not to, are happy to feed whatever food you bring (as well as keeping a range themselves) and also supplement with fresh fruit and veg when they're in :)
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