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Here at Vine Tree Vets we can see and treat all reptiles and amphibians. From the smallest frog to the largest python.

In addition to standard treatment, we also have invested in a full range of diagnostic equipment including ultrasound, x-ray, rehabilitation facilities, endoscopy and in house blood, faecal and urinary analysers. We are also happy to help with all aspects of husbandry and dietary advice.  The vast majority of clinical conditions seen at the surgery are as a direct result of incorrect feeding or failure to provide the correct conditions that mimic their natural environment.

When calling for advice, please can you give as much information as possible about your pets vivarium (home). This makes the diagnosis easier for the vets.


Some common conditions in reptiles

Lizards (including geckos, chameleons, iguanas, bearded and water dragons)

  • Metabolic bone disease (Mainly seen in reptiles that eat insects and plants)
  • Parasitic infections
  • Respiratory infections
  • Stomatitis (Mouth infections)
  • Dysecdysis (Incomplete shedding)

Snakes: Boas, pythons and colubrids

  • Respiratory infections
  • Stomatitis (Mouth infections)
  • Dysecdysis (Incomplete shedding)
  • Parasitic infections
  • Egg retention

Chelonian: Tortoise, terrapins and turtles

  • Post hibernation anorexia
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Parasitic infections
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Eye infections
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Egg retention
  • Skin infections
  • Stomatitis (Mouth infections)
  • Shell rot

Amphibians: Frogs, toads and salamanders

  • Bacterial, fungal and viral infections
  • Parasitic infections


Please note that we are not able to examine or treat bats or venomous reptiles.




























Rodents and small animals:


Here at Vine Tree Vets we can see and treat all rodents and small animals.


The small mammals we normally see from day to day include and some common conditions



  • Myxomatosis (viral infection spread by fleas, mite and mosquitoes) Vaccine available
  • Abscesses
  • Fly strike
  • Gut stasis
  • Dental overgrowths
  • Internal and external parasites


Rats and mice

  • Neoplasms ( Certain types of cancers)
  • Dental overgrowths
  • Internal and external parasites
  • Fungal infections
  • Bacterial and viral infections


  • Aplasitic anemia in gills (This occurs when high levels of estrogen are produced during the heat cycle and this suppresses the production of the red and white cells in the bone marrow
  • Cardiomyopathies (Thinning or thickening of the walls of the heart)
  • Cataracts
  • Intestinal foreign bodies
  • Intestinal and external parasites
  • Distemper virus (Not that common anymore)


Please note if you would like to travel abroad with your ferret it will need to have a passport and be vaccinated against rabies


Chinchillas, guinea pigs, gerbils and hamsters


  • Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders
  • Eye and Ear Disorders
  • Ear Trauma
  • Diarrhoea and constipation
  • Bloat
  • Stomach Ulcers
  • Upper Respiratory tract infections
  • Ringworm (Dermatophytosis)
  • Abscesses
  • Fur Chewing
  • Heat Stress
  • Thiamine Deficiency
  • Fractures
  • Vitamin Imbalances
  • Tumours


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