Senior Month- having geriatric pets

GETTING OLDER Caring for the elderly rabbit or guinea pig… So your little furry friend is getting older… As with any older animals, geriatric critters require an increase in hands on care and observation. Rabbits and guinea pigs are very good at hiding any signs of illness and hence it is important to spend plenty…

Health update: Flystrike!

With flies being prominent in the warmer and humid season, unwell outside rabbits are at risk of flystrike. Flies are attracted to rabbits with urine scald, faecal scald, weepy eyes and discharging wounds. Flies lay their eggs on the soiled or wet fur and maggots hatch within 12 hours. Maggots can release a form of…

Seagrass Toys!

Environmental enrichment is so important for our pet rabbits and guinea pigs and for us! Playing does wonders for relationships. We’ve got a great selection of seagrass toys at the moment: the two way tunnels (a big bunny favourite), seagrass mats (great for screenign off areas, rolling into a homemade tunnels or cable tieing to furniture…

Vaccination reactions

Vaccination reactions to the Cyclap RCD vaccine occur uncommonly. It may be a systemic or local reaction to the vaccine. A systemic reaction includes lethargy and going off food. A local reaction may include some hair loss, scab, mild lameness rarely. We are currently during a questionnaire study to monitor the occurance of reactions and better understand them. We…

Encephalitozoon cuniculi infection in rabbits

Encephalitozoon cuniculi causes a wide range of diseases in rabbits. The most common include- head tilt, seizures, hindlimb paralysis, kidney disease and cataracts. However, a fair number of rabbits also appear to survive the infection without showing any of signs. These latter rabbits are subclinical carriers and a primary source of disease exposure in multiple…

Gut Stasis in rabbits and guinea pigs

Gut stasis is a common condition that rabbits and guinea pigs suffer. This decrease in gut motility results in a reducation/lack of defaecation, distension and pain in the gut, anorexia and dehydration. If left untreated, the rabbit or guinea pig in gut stasis may die. Gut stasis occurs secondary to pain, medical illness (eg dental disease, liver lobe torsion, arthritis etc) and stress (eg…

Care with syringe feeding Critical Care

Oxbow Critical Care is one of the most important therapies in an unwell rabbit or guinea pig and it is an essential component in an owner’s home emergency kit. Syringe feeding critical care is often required in a rabbit or guinea pig that is lethargic and inappetent. However, there are some risks associated with syringe…

Summer Dangers

While Summer brings in sunshine, day trips at the beach and happier tanned faces, it also brings the real risk of heat stress to rabbits and guinea pigs. These little mammals are very sensitive to heat stress. It is not uncommon for outdoor rabbits in the sun to be rushed into the veterinary clinic especially…

Myxomatosis warning

With the warm weather round the corner, mosquitoes are starting to come out to play at dawn and dusk. Mosquitoes spread the deadly Myxomatosis virus between infected rabbits. Myxomatosis is also transmitted between rabbits by fleas, and in close contact aerosol transmission is postulated. There is no cure or legal vaccination at present for Myxomatosis…