Flystrike is a very distressing condition that can affect any animal, and unless caught quickly, it can be a very painful killer. Rabbits are VERY susceptible, especially if they have a problem which makes it hard for them to keep their rear end clean (such as arthritis or obesity).
Flies are attracted to the smells of blood, faeces and urine, and WILL lay their eggs on an animal that is injured or dirty. when the maggots begin to feast on the flesh of that animal, the results and horrifying and it can all happen VERY QUICKLY.
Rabbits are particularly susceptible if their rear end is not kept clean due to health conditions or unsanitary living conditions. Rabbits should be checked daily and kept clean, as well as ensuring hutches are clean and unsoiled.
SUMMER is the perfect time of year for flystrike, and we cannot stress enough the importance of preventing this condition, and also to ensure if your rabbit is unfortunate enough to get it, we can treat it fast and prevent death of your pet.
Check your rabbit at least twice daily during the summer.
If there are any urine or faeces, clean and dry the area.
Remove all dirty bedding and litter.
Do not let your rabbit become overweight.
If you suspect your rabbit is arthritic or has any urinary problems, contact us immediately.
Apply Rearguard or a similar product as a preventative.
Myxomatosis & VHD vaccinations
Myxomatosis is a severe viral disease that can cause immense suffering and pain – which unfortunately effects thousands of pet and wild rabbits every year. Infected rabbits can suffer for up to 2 weeks and treatment is usually futile. Symptoms usually start with runny sticky eyes and the genitals become swollen. The eyes become swollen and severe conjunctivitis causes blindness. There may also be some lump like swellings to the head and a thick pus from the nose and eyes. All in all its a horrific painful death and one which we see far too often.
Myxomatosis is spread and contracted via biting insects such as fleas and mosquitoes, it can also be spread via the Cheyletiella fur mite also known as ‘walking dandruff’. Because of this risk it is vital to treat your pets, including rabbits with a suitable flea treatment.
Rabbit Viral Hemorrhagic Disease (VHD) is a highly contagious disease caused by a calicivirus which affects the internal organs of the rabbit causing these to haemorrhage – the resulting blood loss is impossible to control. The liver and kidneys are usually the first organs to be affected followed by the intestines and trachea. VHD is often a very swift and sudden killer, giving little warning. Rabbits may die without showing any symptoms at all. Some bleeding from the nose, mouth and rectum is sometimes seen.
Symptoms may include:
•Loss of appetite
VHD can be spread by:
•Contact of a rabbit with inanimate objects contaminated by the virus (i.e. via fomites). Such object would include clothing, shoes, and car and truck tires.
•Direct contact of a rabbit with an infected rabbit or the feces of an infected rabbit.
•Contact with rabbit products such as fur, meat or wool from infected rabbits.
•Insects, birds, and animals such as rodents are known to spread the virus by acting as indirect hosts. They can transport the disease, for example, from an infected rabbit to an unaffected rabbit.
•Humans can spread the virus to their rabbits if they have been in contact with infected rabbits or in contact with objects contaminated by the virus, including feces from an infected rabbit.
At St Clair we recommend that your rabbits are vaccinated yearly with a combination VHD and Myxomatosis vaccine. This vaccination is vital as part of the package of protective measures you can use to protect your rabbits. Un-vaccinated rabbits very rarely survive a case of myxomatosis & VHD. Prevention is better than cure, and we cannot stress enough the importance of routine vaccinations in your pet bunnies.
If your rabbit is not vaccinated, this puts them in serious risk of contracting these life threatening diseases. To book an appointment for your rabbits vaccine, please call us on 01670 457271.
Remember.. prevention is ALWAYS better than cure!!
Rabbit Awareness Week 2016!
In honour of Rabbit Awareness Week’s 10th year anniversary commencing 18th-26 June 2016.. We are offering a whole month of fantastic rabbit offers!!
Until 30th June we will be offering FREE rabbit veterinary health checks with 20% OFF Myxomatosis/VHD vaccinations & 10% OFF neutering!
Please call us on 01670 457271 to book an appointment!
NEW! Fixed price option for peri-operative fluid therapy for surgical procedures
Due to recent changes to improve our anaesthetic protocols, we now offer an optional fixed price for peri-operative intravenous fluid therapy to all cats & dogs for all types of surgical procedures at a cost of £49.50. This option may be discussed with you by one of our vets during the time that the estimate is given for the required surgical procedure, or this may be discussed during the admission on your pet by one of our nursing staff. We believe that it is ‘gold standard’ to provide patients with intravenous fluid therapy during surgical procedures, and not only does providing fluid therapy have many benefits to our patients, it also provides our team with quick intravenous access if ever required in an emergency situation.
Benefits of peri-operative intravenous fluid therapy include:
+ Support to tissue and organ blood flow – fluid therapy helps to counteract anaesthetic reduction in perfusion which aids in healing and anaesthetic recovery, as well as preventing tissue damage.
+ Fluid therapy improves hydration of vital organs which aids organ recovery from anaesthetic drugs and surgery, which in turn promotes recovery and avoids injury.
+ Supports cardiac (heart) function by helping maintain blood pressure – blood pressure is reduced with anaesthetic gases and certain drugs, therefore providing fluid therapy causes less reduction in cardiac output.
+ Aids in the excretion of anaesthetic drugs from the body which promotes a faster recovery from the procedure.
Although we believe that peri-operative intravenous fluid therapy is highly beneficial in all surgical cases, we particularly emphasise fluid therapy for patients with:
+ Pre-existing medical conditions where organ function is reduced or likely to be reduced.
+ Elderly patients in need of extra support.
+ Patients showing signs of dehydration.
+ Patients with infections or showing symptoms of shock.
+ Procedures where fluid loss is anticipated, eg gastro-intestinal surgery, cesarean sections, high chances of blood loss, extended operations where homeostasis needs to be supported.
If your pet is spending the day with us in the near future for a surgical procedure, and you would like some more information on peri-operative fluids, please call us on 01670 457271 where one of our members of staff can answer any questions you have, alternatively you can discuss fluid therapy during the admission of your pet for their surgical procedure.