Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Bristol RAW events

Throughout the week exotic species veterinary surgeons Jemma Young BVSc MRCVS GPCertExAP and Polly Cornwell BVSc MRCVS GPCertExAP invite you to book your bunny for a free health check and advice clinic at our Whitchurch hospital and surgery. On Wednesday 19th September we ask you to join us for one of two special evening talks on: • Housing and diet • Avoiding behaviour problems due to boredom • An introduction to the latest rabbit vaccine • Flystrike - what predisposes rabbits to flystrike (maggots) and how to avoid it. The talks will start at 7.30pm and you have a choice of two venues: Whitchurch hospital and surgery, with host speaker Jemma Young BVSc MRCVS GPCertExAP Keynsham Veterinary Centre with host speaker Polly Cornwell BVSc MRCVS GPCertExAP. Refreshments and notes will be provided. We ask for a token booking fee of £10. All profits will go to the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund. On Thursday 20th September, for one day only, your bunny can have a complete health check, free of charge, with our special guest and leading rabbit expert, Richard Saunders BSc Hons BVSc MSB CBiol DZooMed (Mammalian) MCRVS. Richard is one of the most highly qualified and knowledgeable vets in the field of rabbit medicine. He is also an expert advisor with the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund, a key member of the Bristol Zoo veterinary team and a consultant surgeon for small mammals and exotic species at Highcroft Veterinary Group. These events are limited to availability so please book early. All Highcroft rabbit owners are welcome, regardless of which surgery you would normally visit. For bookings or information, please call 01275 832410. We look forward to seeing you.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Rabbit Awareness Week

By sad co-incidence we've received some upsetting reports from several parts of the country about outbreaks of Myxomatosis. Both wild and pet rabbits are affected, and of course the unvaccinated ones don't stand a chance. Very often vaccinaed bunnies can be nursed through it even if affected. Please ensure your rabbits' vaccinations are up to date. The new combined vaccine is reported to give a higher level of protection than the old vaccine could, and protects against VHD at the same time. Far more vets have it in stock now, and it only needs to be given once a year. This time of year is always bad for mosquitoes, which are suspected of being one of the major ways the disease is spread, if you have tips to share about how you prevent mosquitoes please share them below.