The Melbourne Rabbit Clinic is the first and only hospital in Australia to treat rabbits and guinea pigs exclusively.
At the Melbourne Rabbit Clinic we have an absolute passion for rabbits and guinea pigs and we delight in their uniqueness. Our friendly team understands and shares in your love for your pet rabbits and guinea pigs. As a small and personal veterinary clinic we are proud to offer high quality veterinary care especially tailored for these wonderful pets.
We hope to be more than just your vet, nurse and receptionist. We hope to be your pet’s extended family.
Clinic News – Summer Bugs
Flies, mozzies and other nasties, plus news on our big clinic move and holiday sales
The start of summer has been warm and wet, which is unfortunately is perfect weather for nasty bugs. This means that we are seeing a lot of flystrike at the moment.
Flystrike occurs when flies are attracted to abnormal smells (urine, faeces or damp skin) and lay their eggs in the rabbit or guinea pig’s coat. These eggs hatch into maggots which eat away at the skin, causing irritation, stress and infection (which can cause our furry friends to go into toxic shock). It is common in warmer months in outdoor rabbits and guinea pigs who are having difficulty keeping themselves clean around their back end. Flystrike very rarely occurs in healthy rabbits or guinea pigs and is usually secondary to an underlying health or husbandry issue, which may need further investigation or advice from a vet.
Kids, Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Rabbits and guinea pigs can make great companion animals, however they are not ideal pets for children. Children can be loud and rough in their manner of play and frightening to these small prey species.
Rabbits are endearing mammals with a reputation for survival against much adversity. They make a unique pet which blossom under loving care tailored to their species-specific needs.
Guinea pigs are charismatic little rodents with a long history of domestication. They are communicative animals who are happy to share their strong opinions with those who are willing to learn their language.