A veterinary clinic in England will be holding a “Rabbit Awareness Week” between May 7 and 10, 2013. Aldgate Veterinary Practice that serves the in Driffield and Bridlington area is inviting both new and existing clients to bring rabbits in for a complimentary health consultation. The news was reported online by the Bridlington Free Press in an article that also includes a video. Here are highlights:
Rabbits can be prone to health problems which can be challenging to treat, but can often be easily prevented. Disease such as Fly strike, Lice and mite infestations and protozoan infections are unfortunately common in pet rabbits. Our vets will be happy to advise on how best to prevent these diseases
Vaccinations are especially important to consider following an increase in the number of Myxomatosis cases seen by our vets. Myxomatosis is a viral disease which causes immense suffering in infected rabbits, and sadly often leads to death.
Most people are aware that rabbits can contract Myxomatosis by coming into contact with other rabbits, however the route of transmission via biting insects is less well known; mosquitoes, mites and fleas can all spread the virus.
Symptoms of myxomatosis initially include runny eyes and nose, swellings around the head and genitals; this is often associated with a high fever which causes inappetance and lethargy. Within days of infection these swellings can become so severe that they cause blindness. Unfortunately recovery from the disease is very rare and euthanasia is necessary to prevent suffering. We strongly recommend vaccination of rabbits against this disease.
You can read the whole article online at http://www.bridlingtonfreepress.co.uk/news/local/video-rabbit-awareness-week-in-driffield-and-bridlington-1-5631092
We have seen several rabbit rescue organizations and humane societies offering free health checks, but this is the first time Hoppington Post has heard of a veterinary clinic doing it. Obviously this is a very rabbit savvy vet office, and we would like to see others around the world doing the same thing.
Photo: David Masters