Vaccination Shortages and the K5 Release

This month marks the beginning of the Australian Government’s release of the K5 strain of RHDV, the virus most commonly known as calicivirus.  As previously mentioned in our coverage of the changing landscape of calicivirus strains present in Australia, K5 is an RHDVa strain, a form of virus similar to our original RHDV1 strain of calicivirus, which was introduced to control the wild rabbit
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Hoppy Holidays!

It’s time for end of year holidays for all of us at Melbourne Rabbit Clinic   Just like that, 2016 is drawing to a close!  As always we will be closed over the  Christmas/New Year period; our last open day of the year will be Saturday 24 December, and we’ll be back open for 2017 on Tuesday 3 January.  We’d like to thank all of
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Further developments in calicivirus vaccination protocols in Australia

Over the last few years there have been some developments in the strains of calicivirus and calicivirus-like viruses in Australia.  Due to the confusing nature of these new viruses and the general lack of information on their prevalence in Australia there has been a large amount of confusion, particularly regarding vaccinations and protective measures for pet rabbits.  In the interest of keeping all of
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Update on the Move

We’re really excited the move is happening! In the process of moving our equipment we are down to 1 phone line for the short time so please “bear” with us. Our contact phone number is still the same. We’ll be practising from a temporary location at Point Cook Animal Accident and Emergency with slightly varied clinic hours from the 22nd February 2016 onwards for
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Calicivirus Updates: Dispelling the Myths

Calicivirus (Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus, or RHDV) is one of two viruses present in Australia in order to control the wild population of rabbits.  The first strain of RHDV was introduced in the mid-90s from the Czech Republic (this was RHDV1 V351), and since its original introduction has been diversifying and evolving in the wild.  As a result many wild rabbits have immunity to
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Head-tilts and Holidays

An update on our E. cuniculi policy and all the end of year news As new veterinary studies are published and more information is discovered, the Melbourne Rabbit Clinic is updating our medical protocol regarding treating and preventing E. cuniculi.  This parasite can cause diseases to the central nervous system, eyes and kidneys in affected rabbits. We are also excited to announce that our clinic’s three
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Summer Bugs

Flies, mozzies and other nasties 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
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Summer is Coming

The importance of heat avoidance October heat has hit Melbourne over the last week, and we have already heard lots of stories of toasty buns (and piggies).  As the weather warms up we just want to remind everyone that our little furry friends are not as good at dealing with the heat as we are.  While we can strip down to our undies and
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Dental Month at Melbourne Rabbit Clinic

It’s time to check out those ever-growing smiles Dental Month at Melbourne Rabbit Clinic has arrived, and is running all through September and to the end of October.  Our little furry friends have constantly growing teeth, and for many bunnies and guinea pigs regular check-ups are important to ensure that they are still growing at the right angles.  Poor (low hay) diet, genetics and
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More vets, more locations, more time!

The Melbourne Rabbit Clinic website is back in business! July saw some big changes for the clinic, with extended hours, the return of Dr Alice Phan and the start of Dr Narelle Walter’s day clinics at Essendon and Point Cook Animal Accident and Emergency Centres. Melbourne Rabbit Clinic is now open to 6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Our Thursdays continue to be
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