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Forest Pet Services

Woodlea, Park Lane
SO40 4WL

Tel: 02380 871008

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About our Small Pet Boarding

We board: Guinea PigsBirdsReptilesHamsters, Mice etc.

I run a friendly and professional insured and licensed pet care family company with staff in Marchwood, just outside Southampton. I have over 30 years' personal experience of pet ownership and care.

We have been in business since 2009 and 50% of our business now arrives via word of mouth and repeat customers.

We have experience of looking after all sorts of pets from stick insects, guinea pigs, fancy rats, degus, chinchillas, fish, parrots and geckos to ducks, chickens and lots and lots of cats and dogs!

We are proud members of NARPS UK (National Association of Registered Petsitters) working to an ethical code of conduct and are fully insured, checked and licensed.


Large detached house with private safe, quiet, centrally heated rooms with natural daylight for pet boarding. Smoke and heat alarms throughout. Non smoking. Easy access for drop offs and collection.

Large windows looking across garden for parrots in safe quiet rooms with all facilities.

Large secure garden with outdoor runs on grass available for guinea pigs during good weather.

Indoor guinea pig cages available to use if wished, or bring your own for a reduced charge

NEW FOR 2017 - our own onsite outdoor guinea pig hutches will be available for use from April-October, or bring your own for a reduced charge


We will ask you to complete a registration form which details everything about your pet's individual exercise and handling requirements and it goes without saying, will do everything we can to ensure they have a good 'home from home' experience while staying with us.

Your pets will be handled and exercised as often as they are used to and according to your requirements. We enjoy providing playtime and toys for pets as required.

Parrots - We are experienced with parrot care and will follow your parrot's usual routine as much as possible, including toys, food, attention, and time out of cage if enjoyed.

Health & Hygiene:

We have good links with local vets including an exotic pet specialist. We may be able to administer non intravenous medications depending on your requirements.

Only pet-safe and species specific cleaning products are used to clean cages, hutches and equipment.

We are aware of the special environmental requirements for types of pets sensitive to smell or particular products and boarders will be cared for appropriately.

Parrots will need to have had a negative test for Psittacosis from an avian vet to comply with our boarding regulations.

Small Pet Boarding Prices

Home boarding of small exotic pets is priced according to your specific requirements but the following is a general guideline:-

Small furries eg rats, hamsters, gerbils £3-£6 per indoor cage per day depending on numbers & requirements

Guinea pigs - £4-6 per cage, per day depending on requirements

Degus, chinchillas in large cage - £4-6 per cage per day depending on requirements

Parrots £7-10 per cage per day depending on size & requirements

Other birds £POA

Lizards £3-£5 per tank per day

Other reptiles, spiders, tortoises, mammals £POA - please ask for quote

20% deposit required at time of booking with balance due on or before the first day of boarding.

Bank Holidays - a 50% surcharge applies.

Cancellations accepted up to day of boarding without extra penalty except for loss of your deposit.

Discretionary discount may be available for 'multiple pet' bookings

Payment accepted - cash, cheque or bank transfer.

Other Services

Services: GroomingClaw Clipping

Pet supplies - food, bedding, toys, boredom breakers can be provided if wished - please ask for details.

We can offer a complimentary claw clip/groom/bath for guinea pigs if desired.

Pet transport to and from your home may be possible for an extra charge - please ask for details.

Day boarding available - please ask for details.

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We will home board from any area subject to the owner being willing to travel to us to deliver and collect their pet. We are based in Marchwood near the New Forest, about 5 miles west of central Southampton and the nearest main road is the A326. Please contact us for directions on how to find us.

Open Hours

9am-8pm for telephone calls or home visits. Please leave an answerphone message if no one is available to take your call and we will call you back as soon as possible.

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