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…

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research studies into vaccination reaction and EC prevalence in rabbits

We are conducting 2 separating studies to help us better understand rabbits and advance our medical knowledge. Calicivirus vaccination reactions are uncommon (especially at the Melbourne Rabbit Clinic) but may occur. Each client with a rabbit vaccinated over the coming months will be asked to complete in a questionnaire to help us understand its prevalence and risk factors. This will help…

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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…

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Hay sold at the clinic

We’ve been stocking locally produced oaten hay for many years now as we believe that hay is so important for rabbits and guinea pigs. Hay is  product of nature and is cut seasonally. The quality of the hay at the moment is great! The best hay is generally found during the cutting season in February-…

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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…

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Full team on Fridays!

We now have a full team (2 vets and 2 nurses, and our wonderful receptionist) working on Fridays which allows us to offer consultations from 9-4pm in addition to surgeries in the morning. Please call to book in an appointment and come visit us.

Free diet and husbandry talks

Free evening talks are held on a Thursday night once a month by our dedicated vet nurses Sharn Gatt and Anthea Woodrow. These talks target the appropriate diet and husbandry for rabbits and guinea pigs which is important for good health and longevity. They will be useful for new clients, recent owners of these critters,…

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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…

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