Monthly Archives: June 2017

  • -

Rabbit Blog

Rabbits – how should we look after them?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s rabbit month here at Ashley Veterinary Centre! This month we are celebrating our furry friends and taking a bit of extra time just to review a rabbit’s needs.

 

Housing

While rabbits are often seen in hutches as pets, in the wild they have a very active lifestyle and complex social structures. When choosing a hutch for your pet, we recommend one long enough for your rabbit to hop 3-4 times along, ideally wide enough to completely stretch out, and tall enough for your rabbit to stand upright and not touch the top of the cage. These measurements are per rabbit, so be sure to double this if you have a pair of rabbits (which we encourage!)  It is also very important that rabbits not be confined to their hutches, but rather have 1-2 large, bunny proofed rooms or safe outdoor spaces to run around in.

 

  • Long enough to hop 3-4 times
  • Wide enough to stretch out fully
  • Tall enough to stand upright

 

Feeding

 

A rabbit in the wild will typically spend most of their day chomping on grass or vegetation- that means that your pet bunny’s diet should mostly be made up of grass or hay. We recommend that they eat a pile of hay about the same size as them each day, as well as a healthy handful of leafy green veggies 1-2 times daily. Treats and nuggets should only make up a very small portion of their diet.

  • Lots of hay
  • Leafy green veggies
  • Very small amount of nuggets

If you have any questions or concerns about your bunny or their habitat, please call and make an appointment with one of our vets or vet nurse.

 

0141 959 6100

Contact Us For More Information

  • -

Is your pet drinking a lot or are you worried about their ‘waterworks’?

  •  Is your pet drinking excessive amounts of water or urinating more than usual?
  • Is your pet urinating in inappropriate places around the home?

 

You may have noticed it happening gradually or all of a sudden realized that things have changed.

 

There are many possible causes of these symptoms such as kidney disease, bladder infection, diabetes, liver disease, thyroid imbalance, calcium abnormality, adrenal gland dysfunction, uterine infection and electrolyte imbalances; so it is important to come and see us if there are any concerns.

 

Be on the lookout for the following signs your pet may be exhibiting:

 

  • Increased intake of water
  • Urinating more often          
  • Having accidents in the house
  • Straining
  • Going in and out of the litter box
  • Blood in the urine
  • Lack of appetite
  • Changes in behaviour
  • Pain
  • Pot-bellied appearance in your dog
  • Weight changes
  • Activity changes
  • Foul breath
  • Vomiting

 

Water intake in our pets can vary greatly from day to day. So it is important to monitor and assess your pet’s water consumption at home for several days. In this way, you can get an accurate picture of what your pet is drinking. A useful inexpensive tool that can be employed in the comfort of your own home is to keep a log or journal to help record the amount of water in ml per day. Or collecting a sample of your pet’s urine is an inexpensive test and can easily be examined for any abnormalities by your vet, nurse or any one of our staff members.

 

Having to frequently fill your pet’s water bowl can also be a clue as to your pets’ drinking. You can also observe the number of times your dog is needing to go out and urinate or whether your cat’s litter box needs emptying more often.

Keep an eye out for these sometimes very subtle clues.

 

Overall don’t hesitate to come and see us if you have noticed any changes in your pet’s drinking or toileting patterns. If they are urinating in the house and they don’t normally do that or asking out to the toilet overnight or more frequently during the day then there could be an underlying problem.

 

Give us a call to make an appointment.

 

0141 959 6100

 

Contact Us For More Information