Rabbit Awareness Week
Today is the last day of Rabbit Awareness Week! This year’s theme was “Protect & Prevent”, which aims to encourage rabbit owners to vaccinate their rabbits!
Another important issue that affects the welfare of pet rabbits is the lack of enrichment in their environment. Rabbits are active, intelligent and social animals who easily get bored and stressed without adequate things to do. Luckily, there are some cheap and easy things you can do to brighten their daily lives.
1.Try hiding treats in a box of hay or under cardboard boxes to encourage them to work and search for their food.
2.Rabbits love to hide and run through tunnels and tubes which imitates burrows in the wild. You could provide your rabbit with these either in their hutch or create an obstacle course in the garden and let them enjoy themselves.
3.If you don’t have a garden or don’t have much space then a fold up playpen can be a great addition to allow your rabbit a bit more space to run and exercise.
4.Many rabbits enjoy pushing toys around. Some nice DIY toys are balls made out of wicker or wooden mobiles that can be hung from the ceiling of the hutch.
5.Bonding and interacting with your rabbit at least twice a day, can alleviate boredom and loneliness. This could involve brushing your rabbit, sitting in the pen with them or just playing games.
By improving your rabbits enrichment you are helping to reduce boredom and improve welfare and quality of life.
Interesting Cases From Our Vets
Last week was very busy for our hard-working vets! We had many interesting cases and our vets enjoyed cuddling and playing with the animals that visited us! From talking parrots to golden oldies and nappy accidents, it was a fun filled week for our amazing hospital team!
A Nappy Meal
Handsome puppy Zino got up to all kinds of mischief today. He ate a nappy!! 🙈🙈 Which he seems to find hilarious 😂
Our vet Issey was worried that the absorbant material in the nappy could swell and opted to induce vomiting to try get the material out.
Hopefully having to come into the vet might deter him from trying to make a meal of the babies nappies in future 😂 🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️
Ferris’ Polyp Surgery
Ferris came along to see us as his owner had noticed he was having trouble breathing. 🏥
Ferris was administered a general anaesthetic and Max discovered Ferris had a growth obstructing his airway. 💨
Max was able to surgically remove the obstruction (likely a nasopharyngeal polyp) allowing Ferris to breath easily again. 📈
The tissue will be sent for histopathology 🔬 and Ferris will be back in a few days for a follow up check.
A Cyst Removal
This gorgeous girl is Buffy who was in with us today for a cyst removal. Buffy is one of our golden oldie cats and is an impressive 19 years old!
We are pleased to report her procedure went very well and she is pictured here having lots of cuddles with our student nurse Ellen during her recovery ❤😻
A Grooming Day For Alfie The Parrot
This is Alfie who is an African Grey Parrot.
He was in today to see our lovely vet Mark, who clipped his nails and trimmed his beak.
He was a very good boy, we was told that he talks but he didn’t want to speak to us today.
What Is Addisons Disease?
Look at how big Meski has gotten and how her beautiful coat has changed 💕 Meski has been with us since she was just a puppy.
Upon a check up for a potential ear infection our vet Kate carried out some blood tests. These bloods were sent off to the external lab and came back positive for Addisons disease.
Addisons (or hypoadrenocorticism) disease occurs when the adrenal glands fail to produce the hormones that they are in charge of in the body.
Dogs with Addisons may experience gastroenteritis, poor appetite, loss of body condition, and an inability to respond appropriately to stress.
Lack of the hormone aldosterone in particular can dramatically affect the kidney and in turn the circulation system.
Luckily Kate was quick to diagnose Meski and with proper treatment Meski will be able to live a perfectly normal life.
We are delighted to be able to watch this beautiful little lady grow up 🥰🐾