The most common time for a tortoise to need a visit to the vets seems to be after hibernation, often due to problems that have been developing during their time asleep. Having a check-up prior to hibernation means we can spot early signs of problems that could become serious if not detected and left to progress.

This year we’re pleased to be able to offer Pre- and Post-Hibernation checks with nurse Bonnie Wood who has a Certificate in Nursing of Exotic Animals (CNES). Appointments can be made with Bonnie during her consulting hours (typically on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Monday afternoons). During the appointment she will give your tortoise a thorough check, give advice on appropriate care particularly with regards to hibernation or over-wintering for those tortoises too small or with health problems contraindicating hibernation, and if you can bring a sample in she can also perform a faecal analysis for evidence of worms. Post-Hibernation checks will also be available with Bonnie in the Spring to pick up early evidence of problems and help you provide the best care for your tortoise during this period.

Pre-Hibernation Checks: available for £15 throughout September and October and include the price of faecal analysis (please collect a fresh faecal sample in a clean container to bring to your appointment). In addition female tortoises will be offered an x-ray at a discounted price of £25 to check for evidence of reproductive problems.

Post-Hibernation Checks: free of charge.

To make an appointment for any type or age of tortoise please call 01280 703451 to see when Bonnie is available.