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Small Animal Clinic

Small Animal Clinic

The team at Port Kennedy Veterinary Hospital are passionate about all animals, not just dogs and cats. As part of our small animal clinic, our experienced vets provide care, treatment and support for a range of furry little creatures including rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets. Our small animal clinic services include:

  • Small animal husbandry
  • Desexing procedures
  • Parasite control programs
  • Standard small animal vaccinations


Preventative health care is just as essential for a rabbit as it is for a dog or cat. This includes:

  • Rabbit Vaccinations: Domesticated rabbits in Australia are vulnerable to RHDV, a type of calicivirus which is highly contagious and prevalent in wild rabbit populations. Rabbits should receive their first vaccinations when they’re 10-12 weeks old, followed by booster shots every 6 months.
  • Parasite Control: Rabbits can have issues with lice, fleas and mites, which can result in nasty skin irritation. Our small animal clinic can help you to manage and treat parasite outbreaks while also providing prevention strategies.
  • Rabbit Desexing: Desexing your rabbit will not only prevent you from ending up with an army of unwanted bunnies, but it will also result in a healthier (and often calmer) rabbit.

Guinea Pigs

Poor health in a guinea pig can be difficult to detect, so it’s important to bring them in for regular check-ups at our small animal clinic. We can assist with:

  • Guinea Pig Desexing: Guinea pigs are very social animals, so they like to be with other guinea pigs. To ensure you don’t end up with more guinea pigs than you bargained for, be sure to have them desexed.
  • Dental Care: Guinea pigs may develop dental issues if their molar or incisor teeth become overgrown. Regular dental checks will keep your guinea pig eating happily.
  • Parasite Control: Like rabbits, guinea pigs may need help in treating or preventing parasites. When left untreated, mites, lice and fleas can result in itchiness, discomfort, sores and bald spots.


Ferrets can make great pets, but they do require routine vet care (just like any other animal) to keep them looking and feeling good. Our small animal vets can assist with:

  • Disease Prevention: Domesticated ferrets will need to be vaccinated against distemper from a relatively young age, followed by annual booster injections. They’ll also need regular treatment to prevent heartworm disease, along with routine worming.
  • Ferret Desexing: Female ferrets will remain on heat until they breed, which can result in anaemia. If you’re not planning to breed your ferret, then it will need to be desexed by the time it’s about 6 months old.
  • Ferret Nutrition: Ferrets need to receive a balanced diet that contains protein, fat, fibre and carbohydrates (which can be difficult when feeding a carnivore). Our small animal clinic vets can provide nutrition advice to ensure your ferret is getting the right balance of food.