can cause painful swelling of the
eyelids, ears, face and genitals, and affected rabbits
can also develop a secondary bacterial infection.
Myxomatosis can be carried by mosquitoes and
flies which can travel long distances on the wind.
Viral haemorrhagic disease
can cause sudden
death with few or no symptoms at all. Even if you
do not live near a population of wild or domestic
rabbits, your pet rabbit could still be at risk from
these potentially lethal infections.
During the 15 minute appointment you will have
with us for your bunny’s vaccination, one of our
primary clinic vets will take a detailed history,
including information about your rabbit’s diet,
appetite, and housing. Your vet will also perform a
thorough clinical examination, weigh your rabbit,
and check his or her teeth – dental disease is very
common in rabbits, and overgrowth of the teeth
can cause pain, loss of appetite and debilitating
illness. We can look for early clues of underlying
dental disease such as weight loss, faecal soiling or
a ‘messy bottom’ which occurs when the mouth
is too painful for the rabbit to remove faeces, as
they would do normally. Runny eyes can also
occur when tooth roots press on the tear ducts,
and drooling may be seen secondary to oral pain.
Irregular swelling of the jaw will also be checked
for – this can arise where tooth roots are too long
or where a tooth root abscess has formed. We
will also use a small inspection instrument to
help us to detect any sharp painful spurs on the
teeth and possible ulceration of the tongue.
We think that it’s a good idea to weigh rabbits
twice a year and for a vet to examine their teeth –
rabbits teeth are constantly growing, so problems
can develop quite quickly.
At Willows we recommend an annual vaccination to help to protect your
rabbit against two infectious diseases – myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic
disease, both of which sadly are fatal in the majority of cases.
how to keep your rabbit safe from disease
AtWillows we offer a reduced pricemid-year health
check, 6months after the annual booster vaccination,
so we can check your rabbit is in tip-top condition and
discuss any concerns youmight have.
Call us on 0121 712 7070 to book an appointment.
We are delighted to welcome
to our team
of general practice vets.
Having worked in high quality
general small animal practice for
almost three years, Amy joined
our team of Interns in March 2014.
Amy was keen to gain exposure
to the wealth of experience and
cutting-edge knowledge offered by
Willows’ renowned Specialists who
see patients sent to us by other vets.
As part of her Internship, Amy also
worked inWillows’ primary clinic
out-of-hours emergency service.
This operates 365 days of the year,
providing care for our clients’ pets
when they urgently need attention
at nights, at weekends or on
Amy will be coming into the primary
clinic team in April. She commented
“I am delighted to be joining the
first-opinion veterinary surgeons at
Willows. I have worked closely with
them during my Internship year,
and I am really looking forward to
becoming part of such a dedicated,
friendly team, and continuing to
provide the highest levels of care for
our clients’ pets.”