UPV Monthly Newsletter – June 2015

02/15/2017The Avicultural Society of Western Australia is holding their annual bird show for 2015 this weekend! Its running over 3 big days from this Saturday 30th May to Monday 1st June. It’s a fantastic show for any bird lover, with many amazing avian species on display. There will also be bird products and accessories for purchase and exhibits to check out. The ...

The Avicultural Society of Western Australia is holding their annual bird show for 2015 this weekend! Its running over 3 big days from this Saturday 30th May to Monday 1st June. It’s a fantastic show for any bird lover, with many amazing avian species on display. There will also be bird products and accessories for purchase and exhibits to check out.

The expo is open to the public from 10am—4pm and is being held at the Cannington Recreation Hall. Entry is $7. We, The Unusual Pet Vets, will be there supporting this great bird lovers society. So make sure you come down to say hello.

Tips to keep Guinea Pigs & Rabbits Cool this Summer

01/05/2017Put the safety and comfort of your rabbits and guinea pigs first this summer The blazing sun beats down on us and we cool down by swimming, drinking ice water or sitting in an air-conditioned area. However, when the sun beats down on guinea pigs and rabbits their thick fur combined with their inability to effectively cool their core temperatures can be troubl...Rabbits need to stay hydrated

Put the safety and comfort of your rabbits and guinea pigs first this summer

The blazing sun beats down on us and we cool down by swimming, drinking ice water or sitting in an air-conditioned area. However, when the sun beats down on guinea pigs and rabbits their thick fur combined with their inability to effectively cool their core temperatures can be troublesome.

Animals try desperately to escape the heat, and those that don’t sweat or pant often struggle to lower their body temperatures, sometimes succumbing to potentially fatal heatstroke. Keeping your furry friends cool in summer is essential, and the simple act of putting them in an air-conditioned room or shaded area can make all the difference.

What else can you do to keep your furry friends cool and comfortable throughout the warmer months?

Keep the water flowing

Hydration is the first and foremost important step to ensuring your rabbits and guinea pigs remain comfortable. As much as they don’t sweat, they still need plenty of fresh water to drink, which will keep them hydrated and help them cool down.

Block out the sun

If you don’t have the option to keep your rabbit or guinea pig inside your home then ensure all enclosures are in a cool place, away from direct sunlight. Use umbrellas and parasols to keep your rabbits and guinea pigs out of the sun.

When you’re out

If you keep your guinea pigs and rabbits indoors in the air conditioning, it’s assumed that they will be cool, but that’s not always the case. Heat will sometimes hang and stagnate, and without some movement of the air, it can become suffocating.

Keep windows open for a draft to blow through your home. If it’s a particularly humid and stagnant day, keep the fan or air-conditioning on for better air circulation.

Keep them cool

A popular trick with rabbit and guinea pig owners is to put frozen water bottles in the hutch. Your pets can lie against them to stay cool. Keep a few in the freezer and use large bottles as they take longer to thaw.

But, how do you know when your rabbit or guinea pig needs assistance?

The older rabbits and guinea pigs become the less tolerant they are to hot weather. If your animal exhibits any of the following symptoms, you need to immediately contact us:

In the meantime, you can stabilise them by taking them to a cooler place, and gently wiping them down with water (if they will tolerate it) and increasing cool air flow around them by using a fan or air conditioning unit.

Contact Unusual Pet Vets for more information on how to best take care of your animal. They are specialist veterinarians with experience and knowledge on many common and unusual pets.

Are two rabbits better than one?

10/24/2016The look on your kids’ faces when you arrive home with the cutest little rabbit is priceless. The rabbit becomes a family favourite, but it’s only a matter of time before your kids think the little guy or girl needs a friend. But is it a good idea to get a second rabbit, or should you have got two to begin with? Buddy up Rabbits are social creatures...Two rabbits are better than one. Unusual Pet Vets

The look on your kids’ faces when you arrive home with the cutest little rabbit is priceless. The rabbit becomes a family favourite, but it’s only a matter of time before your kids think the little guy or girl needs a friend. But is it a good idea to get a second rabbit, or should you have got two to begin with?

Buddy up

Rabbits are social creatures and do often benefit from companionship, it is important for their happiness and emotional well-being. However, not all rabbits get along with other rabbits so it’s important to keep this in mind when choosing them a friend.

Seeing two happy rabbits running around, playing and loving each other, is a pretty special experience.

What is the best pairing to get?

Once you’ve made the decision to get two rabbits, what are the two best to get? It’s ok to get two males or two females, especially if they’ve been brought up together from birth, but generally speaking, a neutered male and a spayed female are best. Whatever pairing you decide on it’s important to neuter and /or spay them both to ensure they are both relaxed and happy, and on a relatively even keel. Owning one amorous rabbit and one neutered one would not work

Can a rabbit choose its own mate?

While some pet shops and breeders are fine to find your pet rabbit, there are plenty of rescue rabbits looking for a good home. Some are quite happy for you to take your rabbit along to see if it bonds better with any particular rabbit.

It’s not all fun and games with two rabbits, and there are a number of issues to consider.

Commitment

Two rabbits are obviously a bigger commitment than one. They do cost more, but the problem arises later on when one of them dies. Rabbits don’t handle loss well, and a grieving rabbit is not a happy bunny. You might then have to start the process again, and find your sad rabbit a suitable companion to replace the lost one.

Bad influence

So your one rabbit lives a chilled life in your garden, maybe pining for a mate, maybe not. But he’s pretty well-behaved. Until the new one arrives. Suddenly, your rabbit, which never ate your plants or burrowed into your lawn, is learning a bunch of new tricks. Now there’s no stopping them. Your beautiful flowers eaten, your immaculate lawn full of holes, but at least your rabbits are having a good time. Our word of advice is to be prepared to manage the added excitement.

If the rabbits don’t bond

You do the right thing and get your rabbit a companion, but they don’t get on. This might be fairly unusual, but it happens, and then you have an even bigger headache. Do you get rid of one, or both, or bring in a third? Best you speak to our team before making a decision.

Mate like rabbits

Rabbits can be difficult to sex, and often people think they have two males or two females, but they don’t, and the next thing you are the proud owner of a very cute litter of baby bunnies. When you do pair them, make sure you get it right.

Barring the odd rogue rabbit that likes the lonely life, rabbits generally benefit from the company of other rabbits. They will often be far happier and content with a mate. Rabbits are not that unlike humans, they also get bored, even depressed, and when they do, they often act it out with destructive behaviour. Take your time to get a new mate, or even better, buy two rabbits from the start.

If you need more advice about your bunnies, contact your local experts in rabbit care.

Keeping an emergency fund for Your Exotic Pet

08/29/2016Get peace of mind for you and your special pet Are you considering insurance for your exotic pet? Most of us approach the idea of insurance with caution. Often we view it as an unnecessary expense, a luxury, or perhaps just another money-making scam. But this is not true. It often seems unfair to pour month upon month of hard-earned money into insurance an...

Get peace of mind for you and your special pet

Are you considering insurance for your exotic pet?

Most of us approach the idea of insurance with caution. Often we view it as an unnecessary expense, a luxury, or perhaps just another money-making scam. But this is not true. It often seems unfair to pour month upon month of hard-earned money into insurance and in many cases never see the fruits of paying these premiums. Well, we suggest you put the monologue of insurance’s great injustices on hold, if only for a moment, and spare a thought for your special pet.

Pet insurance is a real thing. In fact, it’s witnessed some impressive growth of late. If you have a cat, a dog or even a horse, there are a multitude of insurance policies available; your only challenge will be choosing the one that best suits your needs. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said if you have a slightly less common pet such as a ferret or an axolotl. Not to worry, all is not lost; here’s a simple solution that will give you peace of mind, and your unusual pet companion a medical insurance of sorts.

The solution

Given the absence of an unusual pet insurance, we suggest the next best option would be to keep an emergency fund for your special friend.

The principle is much the same as having actual insurance; the only difference is that instead of relying on a third party to provide the funds for medical attention and treatment, the pool of money will be kept and managed by you.

The emergency fund will be available in the event that you are unable to cover ongoing illnesses, pay for surgery when it is needed, or get the necessary treatment when an accident takes place.

How to do it

First and foremost, under your mattress is not the best place to keep your pet’s emergency fund. The best way to go about it is to set up a specific bank account that is separate from your spending account. This will help you avoid dipping into the funds and depleting your insurance fund. Once you have opened the account, you will have the option of how you would like funds to be deposited:

Benefits

It’s impossible to put a price tag on peace of mind, but it’s a great investment to avoid grief. The best way to deal with the unexpected is to prepare for it. Consider starting an emergency fund for your pet today – the earlier you start the better.

 

We specialise in the expert care of exotic pets. If you have any concerns that are exotic pet related, we are the go-to service for professional advice, treatment and relief. Contact us today.

What is the difference between us and a local dog and cat vet?

07/01/2016If you own a reptile, rabbit, bird, guinea pig, ferret, rat, frog or other exotic pet you need to provide as much care as you would for a dog or a cat. However, one of the key differences is that your average dog and cat vet won’t be able to offer the best treatment for your unusual pet. Instead, you need to see a vet with a specialised interest in your p...specialist exotic pet vets

If you own a reptile, rabbit, bird, guinea pig, ferret, rat, frog or other exotic pet you need to provide as much care as you would for a dog or a cat. However, one of the key differences is that your average dog and cat vet won’t be able to offer the best treatment for your unusual pet.

Instead, you need to see a vet with a specialised interest in your particular pet. So, what are the key differences between a regular dog and cat vet and an exotic animal vet? Let us explore.

Treating the species

Traditional veterinary medicine taught at university mainly focuses on five species – generally dogs, cats, sheep, cattle and horses. Exotic animal veterinarians must be knowledgeable about the biology, nutrition and behaviour of hundreds of species. They also need to be proficient in their care, maintenance, medical needs and surgical procedures. It is true that the general approach that vets use to treat domestic species can be used when examining exotic animals, however, the physical examination techniques need to be tailored. An exotic animal, say a guinea pig, has a unique anatomy and physiology to that of a dog or cat. For example, examining their cheek (back) teeth is very important. Without specialised tools, this is difficult (if not impossible) to do.

Examining and treating exotic animals also requires both a firm understanding of disease processes and the ability to apply that knowledge in practice, and solve problems in a rational manner. Each exotic animal is unique and therefore, preventative care and treatment will be different.

Be mindful of their behaviour

In traditional veterinary medicine, animals such as dogs and cats are generally used to new people and are happy to be examined. Many of our patients are not used to being out of their home environment and get very stressed at the vet. For this reason, an exotics veterinarian needs to be able to know how to minimise this stress.

Why choose the Unusual Pet Vets?

With us, your exotic animal can live a happy and healthy lifestyle. We have the following services:

These can help to ensure that your pet is being kept correctly and discuss any husbandry and dietary questions that you may have. It also allows us to pick up any early signs of illness.

All exotic pets can escape, however, birds, ferrets and some reptiles are expert escape artists.  Microchipping your pet allows them to be tracked down if they escape and are handed into a veterinary clinic. Believe it or not, we see many stray rabbits, guinea pigs and rats so it is important to microchip these species as well.

We use the latest technology and surgical equipment to ensure your pet gets the best care possible. Our instruments and anaesthetic equipment are tailored to the small size of your pet.

We use the very latest technology to pinpoint exactly what is wrong with your pet through x-rays, blood tests and advanced imaging modalities such as ultrasound and CT.

Keeping unusual and exotic pets is exciting, but can be very challenging due to a lot of misinformation. Whether it’s the type of food you should feed your bird, or how to handle your ferret, we take a genuine care in ensuring that all our pet patients receive top-of-the-line service.

We have a qualified team with a wealth of experience, particularly with bird vet services, reptiles, rabbits and rodents. With our state-of-the-art clinics, your pet will be provided with the best treatment and care.

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