Culloden Veterinary Clinic

Vaccinations

 

Mxyomatosis

Myxomatosis is carried by fleas and mosquitos. Outdoor rabbits are at most risk of being bitten especially if there are wild rabbits around.

Indoor rabbits are less likely to catch it but it is not impossible. For example, rabbit fleas can live on hay for months or if there are dogs and cats in the same household they can bring rabbit fleas back into the house.

Therefore we would recommend both indoor and outdoor bunnies should be vaccinated.

 

RHD

Outdoor rabbits can catch RHD ( Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease) from wild rabbits. The virus can last at least 3 months on clothes etc so as with myxomatosis both indoor and and outdoor bunnies should be vaccinated.

Since 2012 we have been able to offer a new combined vaccination which vaccinates rabbits against myxomatosis and RHD by means of one injection.  Rabbits can be vaccinated from 5 weeks of age and require an annual booster injection.

 

Diet

The basic pet rabbit diet should consist of hay, grass, greens and a dry mix. Treats can be given occasionally. Water must be available at all times, some bunnies prefer drinking from a bowl rather than a sipper bottle.


Neutering

Can be done from 4-5 months in male and female rabbits.


Reasons for neutering:

Female Rabbits

  • Eliminates risk of womb infection or womb tumours.

  • Removes behaviour associated with sexual maturity. e.g aggression and mood swings

  • Easier to litter train

  • Neutered females can live in the company of male rabbits, preferably also neutered

  • Prevents unwanted litters

Male Rabbits

  • Eliminates behaviour associated with sexual maturity. e.g. mounting, spraying, aggression

  • Neutered males can live in the company of female rabbits, preferably also neutered.

  • Easier to litter train and smell less.

  • Prevents unwanted litters


Dental Care

Rabbits have 28 teeth, all of which grow continuously throughout their life. Wild rabbits chew grass/plants for 3-4 hours every day which ensures adequate wear of the teeth and therefore maintains normal mechanical function in the molar teeth.


Many pet rabbits are fed dry pellets/mix which cause them to chew with a crushing actions which means the crowns of the teeth grow too long causing problems.

Signs to look out for -

  • inappetance and weight loss

  • difficulty eating/chewing

  • salivation

  • sticky bottom


Worming

Worming as a means of control of E.Cuniculi and intestinal worms should be carried out 2-4 times per year.

 

Fly Strike

Fly strike is a very common and serious condition that can be incredibly distressing for a rabbit and unfortunately all too often it can be fatal. It occurs during warm spring and summer months when the flies are searching for somewhere to lay their eggs. These tiny eggs hatch into maggots and burrow into the skin and very quickly 'eat' into the poor rabbit.

If you see any signs of fly strike, ie fly eggs or maggots, seek advice from us straight away.

For advice on fly strike prevention please contact our nursing team.

 

**PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT THE CLINIC FOR ANY INFORMATION OR ADVICE REGARDING YOUR RABBIT**

 

 
PET HEALTH CLUB HAS NOW LAUNCHED!

more...
INSURANCE CLAIM UPDATE

more...
CLIENT UPDATE

more...
WEIGHT CLINIC
Just like us, sometimes pets can be overweight. If you think your pet is not at it's ideal weight, please get in touch with our...
more...
MICROCHIPS

more...
RABBIT PREVENTATIVE CARE

more...
Feedback please.
We'd like your comments, good or bad, about the Clinic. Tell us what you think - send us an e-mail.
more...
Clubcard Insurance Testimonials
 
Culloden Veterinary Clinic logo