Category: General Health Articles

Fly Strike Hazards for Small Pets

By Phyllis O’Beollain Myiasis, or flystrike, is a condition typically seen in rabbits, guinea pigs and other small furry pets in the summer, but it can affect any animal at any time of the year. “Blowflies” (shiny flies with blue or green iridescent bodies) are attracted to open wounds, heavily soiled fur or the droppings [...]

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Copied with permission Article by Phyllis O’Beollain Dayton Small Pets Examiner Normal rabbit urine comes in a rainbow of colors including nearly clear yellow, very dark orange, rust and red. The colors are produced by porphyrin, a pigment which may be produced in relation to foods eaten by the rabbit (especially foods high in carotenes, [...]

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A little over a year ago, it was discovered that I have Bladder Sludge. One contributing factor is that I don’t drink enough water ~ and another MAY be that my bladder sphincter muscle isn’t strong enough to completely empty my bladder.

Because it is extremely stressful for me to be handled and “messed with”, my mom and our vet agreed to try to manage it with additional very wet veggies, rather than routinely administering sub-q fluids. Another rabbit-vet, who also incorporates some Eastern medicine into his treatments, suggested that we add the contents of a Cranberry Extract capsule to my daily diet. Last week, the results of this regime were evaluated ~ and major changes made as a result. The following is an account of what was found and what we are doing now.

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Temperature matters ~ whether it is HOT or COLD. Generally we are concerned about rabbits getting too warm ~ however ~ this is a lesson in the deadly seriousness of cold ~ even when our rabbits are housed indoors.

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WHY SPAY AND NEUTER RABBITS? A RABBIT’S NATURE ~ Rabbits are animals of prey and, in order to survive, they must mature sexually very quickly and breed often; hence, the mating instincts of both males and females are very strong. Small, dwarf breeds reach adolescence at 3-4 months of age; others anywhere between 3 and [...]

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