Meet the Unusual Pet Vet Team!

06/19/2015Our veterinary team is made up of a number of veterinarians and nurses that have each grown up keeping, breeding and maintaining various collections of birds, reptiles, guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, mice and ferrets. We all absolutely love these exotic animal species. Our combined experience in the unique needs and husbandry of exotic pets combined with the exte...

Our veterinary team is made up of a number of veterinarians and nurses that have each grown up keeping, breeding and maintaining various collections of birds, reptiles, guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, mice and ferrets. We all absolutely love these exotic animal species. Our combined experience in the unique needs and husbandry of exotic pets combined with the extensive amount of time we have dedicated to learn and practice exotic pet medicine and surgery
means that we can offer a very high standard of veterinary care. The vet team includes Dr James Haberfield, Dr Coetzee De Beer, Dr Nicole Su and Dr Vicky Brownlie. All who have a love and interest as well as veterinary expertise in the various types of animals we see at the clinic. Our nurse team includes Jess, Sophie and Ashton who all have a vast knowledge of exotic pets and dedicate their time to nursing and caring for them.

Vetafarm Bird Pellet Range

06/18/2015There are many different avian pellets available. We stock the Vetafarm range as we have found that many birds take to them well and they are readily available for our clients in WA. Other recommended brands include Wombaroo, Roudybush, Tropican, Zupreem and Harrisons.The Vetafarm bird pellet range is a completely balanced extruded pellet diet specifically...

There are many different avian pellets available. We stock the Vetafarm range as we have found that many birds take to them well and they are readily available for our clients in WA. Other recommended brands include Wombaroo, Roudybush, Tropican, Zupreem and Harrisons.

The Vetafarm bird pellet range is a completely balanced extruded pellet diet specifically designed to meet the particular dietary needs of most parrots. The pellets are designed to provide all the nutrition necessary for the long and healthy life of aviary and pet parrots.

The elements needed for full feather production, muscle activity and gut function are all included in this diet. Addition of other nutrients and supplements is not necessary. Key features include balanced vitamins, minerals, calcium and amino acids essential for a stable maintenance diet during the regular season. Extrusion cooked pellets offer a palatable, balanced diet that maintains birds at a healthy weight without excess fat disposition. Eliminates waste associated with seed and ensures a longer, healthier life by providing scientifically formulated nutrition.

Avicultural Society Bird Expo!

06/10/2015The 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.

PET OF THE MONTH – June 2015

06/01/2015This is COCO a female pink and grey galah who we saw with a broken leg and wing. She had surgery with us and we are happy to say she is now doing great!

This is COCO a female pink and grey galah who we saw with a broken leg and wing. She had surgery with us and we are happy to say she is now doing great!

Encephilitozoon Cuniculi in Rabbits

05/25/2015Encephilitozoon cuniculi or E. cuniculi is a relatively common disease in rabbits and is a microsporidial organism. E. cuniculi is spread through urine and faeces but can also be spread from mum to kit in utero.E. cuniculi commonly targets the brain, the nervous system, the lens in the eye and the kidneys. Many rabbits with E. cuniculi will lead happy, nor...

Encephilitozoon cuniculi or E. cuniculi is a relatively common disease in rabbits and is a microsporidial organism. E. cuniculi is spread through urine and faeces but can also be spread from mum to kit in utero.

E. cuniculi commonly targets the brain, the nervous system, the lens in the eye and the kidneys. Many rabbits with E. cuniculi will lead happy, normal lives; whereas others will show signs of kidney disease, balance problems, seizures, spinal problems and eye issues. We can diagnose E. cuniculi by a blood test. This tells us if your rabbit has produced antibodies to the parasite, and therefore been exposed to it. This won’t tell us if it is definitely the cause of the symptoms seen, or if E. cuniculi will ever cause a problem, but simply lets us know if your rabbit has been exposed to infection.

So what if my bunny is positive???

Fenbendazole (Panacur) is used to treat ill rabbits testing positive for E. Cuniculi. A 30 day course will clear the organism and a 9 day course is recommended every 6 months thereafter for prevention. We can reduce the risk to our rabbits by always testing new rabbits prior to introducing them to an E.cuniculi free population. This involves two blood tests one month apart on any animals that are negative on the first test as it takes about one month for the body to produce antibodies once exposed to the infection. Spores can remain viable in the environment for 4-6 weeks, although they can easily be inactivated by most disinfectants. Ensuring good hygiene will help prevent spread of this infection. If you are concerned about your rabbit and E.cuniculi then phone us today for an appointment.

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