Archive for June, 2018
Did you know cats can be blood donors too?
This is Chaz who was the poorly cat that received the blood transfusion. When the vet first saw Chaz earlier this year, he was severely anaemic which means that he had a dangerously low level of red blood cells. These red blood cells are very important as they help to carry oxygen around the body which is vital for survival.
Chaz needed to have lots of tests to find our why he was so anaemic, but first we had to arrange for his blood transfusion so that he was well enough to go through all the tests. He had a blood test to check his blood group and luckily a donor cat (Brian) was found that matched his blood group. We are not allowed to store feline blood, so if a cat needs a transfusion we have to start looking for a donor cat immediately. Chaz had an ultrasound scan and some samples were taken from his spleen to check that there were no signs of cancer. He then had a general anaesthetic and a bone marrow sample was taken to try to find the reason why he was so poorly. The samples showed that he had a condition called “myelodysplasia” which means that his bone marrow isn’t working properly to produce all the types of blood cells that his body needs.
Now a few months on, Chaz is responding really well and is feeling back to his normal self. He is back to his normal bodyweight and is eating and playing as he did before he was poorly.
Chaz is still on daily medication, and is a regular visitor to Cat Clinic to have his blood tests and check ups.
A rabbit’s diet should consist of very high levels of fibre. Without these high fibres levels, their digestive system will not work effectively and will be susceptible to gut stasis. Their teeth are designed to grow continually and therefore need fibrous food to wear them down. If a rabbit does not get enough abrasive foods, they will suffer from overgrown teeth making it painful to eat! Therefore a rabbit should have access to high quality feeding hay or grass which should make up to 85-90% of their daily diet.
Rabbits can tend to begin selective feeding with such diets as muesli style diets as they chose the higher starch and sugary elements of the feed and therefore leaving the higher fibre elements. This selective feeding unfortunately increases the likelihood of a variety of illnesses in rabbits. Therefore we recommend a nutritionally balanced high fibre nugget or pellet based diet. We also advised to feed the recommended amount of food to prevent overfeeding which may lead to obesity.
The Bunny Feeding Plan!
- Hay & Grass – This element should make up 85-90% of your rabbit’s diet. We recommend using a high quality and dust extracted feeding hay and replace with fresh hay daily.
- Nutritionally balanced high fibre nugget or pellet based diet – This should be fed as a supplement to ensure your rabbit gets the minerals they need. You should fed the recommended amount as advised.
- Natural snacks – some food manufacturers sell natural snacks to help with keeping your rabbit occupied and can be used to encourage foraging if sprinkled within their hay.
- Fresh greens – These should be fed as a treat to add variety and provide addition nutrition.
- Everyday greens – grasses, kale, mint, celery leaves, green pepper, plantain, cauliflower leaves, dandelion leaves, wild geranium, apple tree leaves & branches, strawberry and raspberry leaves, rose bush leaves, hazel tree leaves & branches, willow tree leaves & branches, brambles, goose grass, blackthorn, nettle (dried), romaine lettuce, hawthorn, and spring greens.
- Occasionally (can be given in small quantities) – savoy cabbage, spinach, parsley, basil, apple (pip less), banana, turnip, carrot tops, swede, dill, oregano and coriander.
- Fresh water – This should always be available and changed daily. Also ensure it hasn’t frozen in the colder months.
Big Doggie Do is a canine focused festival with stalls, activities and dog shows including highlights like dog dancing displays, obedience demonstrations, and a dog show.
Thank you to everyone who popped along to say hi!
During June, we are supporting Rabbit Awareness by offering FREE RABBIT HEALTH CHECKS. Our nurses would love to see your bunny friends. Availability on selected days.
Please call us on 01908 397777 to book an appointment.