COMMUNITY RESOURCES FOR RAT OWNERS

Rat owners may face difficulties in finding veterinarians who treat rats.  Thankfully, Richmond has a wealth of options for pet owners to receive care for exotic pets for both wellness visits and sick visits, in addition to 24 hour emergency care.  See below for some wonderful options available to us in the Richmond community.

* Note, due to COVID-19, hours and procedures may have changed, please contact these groups before walking in

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LOCKE TAYLOR VETERINARY HOSPITAL

Drs Lynch and Greenwalt have seen and treated many rats throughout their careers.  Drs. Lynch and Greenwalt see rats on the Glen Allen location. Walk-in clinics are from 6-8 on Mondays and Wednesdays but if you have an urgent need during the day they will work you into their schedule - you just may have to wait a while. They will do a rat neuter for $65, but do not do spays.  Locke Taylor is not technically a low-cost clinic, but is much cheaper than other places that treat exotics.  They accept Care Credit and will go above and beyond to help your rat as best they can.  They are especially great if your rats get mites, URIs or other minor illnesses because you can walk in, where most other clinics are appointment-only. Do not assume that because they charge less that your baby will receive lesser care, however. Locke Taylor has treated countless fosters and have performed MANY tumor removals and neuters for us and are very competent surgeons as well!

* Please note, due to COVID-19, hours and procedures may have changed

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WELLESLEY ANIMAL HOSPITAL

While Wellesley may be a bit pricey, you get what you pay for.  There are multiple extremely competent and experienced vets who are happy to treat your rats, even if they have behavioral problems. They are capable of performing neurological exams, removing tumors, spaying/neutering, and more. They are kind, compassionate, and provide excellent care.

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EMERGENCY OR AFTER HOURS VETS

Most emergency veterinarians in or around Richmond do not see rats to treat, but will make an exception to euthanize, though they may not let you be present. Dogwood, VRCC, and VCC all do not treat rats.

River Run Animal Hospital in Powhatan is open on weekends and have extended hours on weekdays. They may be an essential resource for you to know .

Animal Emergency Center in Yorktown is a good option as they are willing to treat respiratory distress, severe URIs, pneumonia, injuries, etc. They operate on an after-hours basis 365 days a year.

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ANIMAL EMERGENCY CENTER

Located in Yorktown, VA, AEC will tell you that they are not exotic vets but they will do their best to help your rat. Personally, they have saved the lives of several of my rats over the years. They are open from 5:30pm-8:30am during the week and 24 hours on weekends and holidays.

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PET LOSS SUPPORT GROUP

Fetch A Cure offers free group pet loss support sessions every month with Dr. Leslie Greenberg.  If you are struggling after the loss of a rat, you will be welcomed and understood at any and all meetings you choose to attend.  We are very lucky to have this resource in Richmond.

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CREMATION SERVICES

Agape Pet Services has many beautiful urns and memorial items to choose from to make sure that your beloved rats are always with you. From necklaces to clay pawprints or nose prints, your companions will be treated with kindness and dignity as they make their way back home to you.

Founder's memorial for beloved rats Norman and Pickett

STANDARD URN AND CLAY PAWPRINTS FROM AGAPE

The standard urns at Agape Pet Services say "In Loving Memory" and your pet's name. You are able to customize the front plate up to three lines