Autumn Newsletter

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Please read our Autumn Newsletter by clicking on the image above which contains lots of useful infomation which could help you and your pet.

 

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Dental disease – is my rabbit affected?

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Did you know that it’s not just dogs and cats that suffer from dental disease? However, what makes rabbits different is that they have continuously growing teeth, growing at a rate of 1-3mm per week!!

Dental disease is one of the commonest problems in rabbits and often occurs secondary to tooth overgrowth.

The incisor (front) teeth should normally meet. Is they become misaligned, they will grow past each other, leading to feeding problems.

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misaligned teeth

 

The cheek teeth can also become overgrown, developing sharp spikes which can lacerate the mouth.

Symptoms commonly include “slobbers” (saliva wetting around the mouth), decreased appetite and weight loos.

Dental disease can be painful and debilitating, so please come and see us if you are worried about your rabbit’s teeth.

Make sure your pet stays worm free!

Did you know that, unless you worm your pet regularly it is often difficult to avoid them acquiring worms? Here are the major ones to treat:

Tapeworms are long segmented flat worms, living in the small intestines where they shed mobile segments containing eggs, which pass out in the faeces. The eggs may then be eaten by an intermediate host, including small rodents and fleas. Cats catch and eat small rodents and pets swallow fleas as they groom, re infecting themselves with tapeworms.

tapeworm

Roundworms, resembling white pieces of string, also live in the small intestines. They shed thousands of tiny eggs, which pass out in faeces and pollute the environment. Dogs and cats are re-infected by unwittingly eating eggs in the environment. These eggs also pose some risk to humans if advertently swallowed.

round worm

Lungworm caused by Angiostrongylus vasorum, is becoming more and more widespread over time. It only infects dogs and can cause problems ranging from heart failure, to clotting problems and blood loss in affected dogs. It is also spread by intermediate hosts – in this case slugs and snails, so dogs that eat molluscs are at risk.

To control worms in your pets and the environment you need to: worms your pet regularly, use regular flea control, try to prevent dogs eating slugs and snails and clear up faeces.

 

Please let us advise you on the most suitable worming and flea control regime for your pet.