During the summer months, pet rabbits may be affected by maggot infestation. Different terms are used for this but fly strike is the most common.
Healthy rabbits are generally not affected by fly strike. There are three main problems that lead to the condition. First, a wound to which the flies are attracted and on which they lay their eggs is an obvious site where maggots can cause damage. More commonly, a rabbit that cannot take and eat its soft faeces caecotrophs (either due to arthritis or obesity) will quickly have matted and soiled fur around its anus. This, from the fly’s point of view, is an ideal opportunity to lay eggs. When the maggots hatch they spread from the area (commonly up the abdomen) and may cause a tremendous amount of damage as they eat through the tissues while the rabbit is still living. Thirdly, damp bedding is an ideal environment for egg-laying and maggot growth and development; these may then migrate onto the rabbit. This is a fatal condition if not treated.
The key factors in preventing fly strike are to ensure that bedding is clean and dry, and that daily cleaning of toilet areas is carried out; the whole accommodation should be completely emptied and disinfected 1-2 times weekly. Checks of your rabbit should be carried out twice daily, if you find any wounds or ulcerated areas of skin then please seek veterinary attention. A rabbit owner should also make sure that their rabbit is able to keep it bottom clean, if the rabbit keeps soiling itself, then there is usually a health reason as to why e.g. obesity or arthritis. If a rabbit is unable to keep itself clean, then please seek veterinary advice.
This year Rabbit Awareness Week is happening between 19th-24th June.
During this week, we are running FREE Rabbit Health Checks with our Veterinary Nurses, Louise Martin and Cara Palacio, at our Walnut Tree Hospital. The clinics will be available during the week at selected times. Our nurses will discuss general husbandry, diet, weight, vaccinations and dental disease and answer any questions you may have.
To book an appointment, please speak to reception or call on 01908 397777.
For more information on Rabbit Awareness Week, please visit www.rabbitawarenessweek.co.uk.
Today, Wednesday 14th June, We are joining Pet Blood Bank UK in celebrating World Blood Donor day!
We are recognising brilliant, heroic hounds across the country who help save lives by donating blood.
Just like people, sick animals often need blood transfusions. In many cases a blood transfusion can save an animals life! Blood is used for many purposes including trauma,surgery and disease. One donation of blood can save up to four lives.
We have been holding sessions with Pet Blood Bank since February 2016 and would love to welcome more life savers to our next session on Saturday 12th August. To register,please visit www.petbloodbankuk.org or call the surgery on 01908 397777 and ask for Jess. Please help us spread the word on this important day.
Below are just a few of our amazing donors. # Heroic Hounds ❤
During the start of 2017, we welcomed two new additions to our veterinary team expanding and increasing our knowledge and expertise.
Heather Fordham joined us as a Saturday vet initially, however has now increased her hours with us. Heather graduated from Glasgow University in 1988 and has a special interest in feline and chicken medicine. Outside of work, she is a big netball enthusiast along with having two children, two cats and a husband to look after.
Marina Crockford joined us in January this year on a full-time basis after previously working in Cardiff for the last 29 years. She has a strong interest in surgery including orthopaedics. In her spare time, Marina likes to hit the slopes in the winter and go cycling for the rest of the year.