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Gut Stasis in Rabbits

Everything you need to know about Gut Stasis in Rabbits By Dr Hazel Patterson BSc DVM You may have heard of the term ‘gut stasis’ before, or had a rabbit with this problem in the past.  It is a common and potentially fatal condition affecting rabbits, so as a bunny...

Admitting your pet for a procedure

Below is a list of common questions (and answers) we are asked by owners prior to bringing their pets in for a hospital procedure. We have also listed the questions/optional extras you will be offered for your pet at the time of admission. If you have any questions...

Dental care is CRUCIAL

There is now plenty of evidence to prove that dental disease is linked to other problems such as heart valve, kidney and liver disease, so it is absolutely essential we keep an eye on your pet's oral health. When plaque and tartar accumulate on our pet's teeth, it can...

Cruciate ligament surgery – recovery

How long does recovery take? The joint should function normally or near normally within 3-6 months of surgery. Any arthritic changes present prior to surgery cannot be reversed and unfortunately, arthritic changes can progress very slowly in patients that have...

Cruciate ligament surgery – the options

How is a torn cruciate ligament treated? Correction of this problem requires surgery. There are TWO main techniques we can choose from to stabilize the knee joint: 1. Techniques to artificially replace the action of the cruciate ligament A thick nylon thread is placed...

Skin Treatments and Antibiotic Resistance

Question: I can see my dog's skin has cleared up, so why do I have to bring him back to the vet? When we see your pets for skin infections, we often ask you to come back toward the end of the course of antibiotics so we can re-check the skin. We regularly have people...

Is my Rabbit at risk of catching the new strain of Calicivirus?

You may have noticed that we have been posting a lot lately about the new strains of Calicivirus that are present in Australia. It is called Rabbit Haemorrhagic Viral Disease - Type 2 (RHDV2), and has been confirmed as being present in Victoria. Fortunately we have...

Seperation Anxiety

Anxiety: a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. Separation anxiety describes dogs that are overly attached or dependent on family members. During departures or separations they  become extremely anxious and show distress...

Heart Disease

How does the heart work? The heart has four chambers. Two upper chambers (Left & Right Atrium) and two lower chambers (Left & Right Ventricle). Blood flows FROM the body into the right atrium, then pumped into the right ventricle. The right ventricle pumps the bloods...