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.

Hop Start Package—great for any new furry addition!

05/20/2015We would like to introduce our new all inclusive packages for rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and ferrets. These packages are great for any new furry addition to the family or any existing animals you might have.Each package includes a health check, vaccination, microchip, sterilisation surgery, a nail clip, a treat bar and a bag of food.The start up with a...

We would like to introduce our new all inclusive packages for rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and ferrets. These packages are great for any new furry addition to the family or any existing animals you might have.

Each package includes a health check, vaccination, microchip, sterilisation surgery, a nail clip, a treat bar and a bag of food.

The start up with any new pet can be daunting so this package should provide peace of mind while providing you furry friend with premium veterinary care.

Call us today to find out more on these great pWe would like to introduce our new all inclusive packages for rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and ferrets. These packages are great for any new furry addition to the family or any existing animals you might have.ackages. Available for both male and female animals at any age.

Updated Rabbit Calici-Virus Vaccination Protocol!

05/15/2015The rabbit Calici Virus also know as Haemorrhagic Viral Disease first occurred in Australia in 1995. It is spread in contaminated bodily secretions of infected rabbits and also by carrier birds and flying insects. Illness from this virus occurs quickly usually in the time frame of 12—18 hours. There are no known therapies to reverse the disease and it can qu...

The rabbit Calici Virus also know as Haemorrhagic Viral Disease first occurred in Australia in 1995. It is spread in contaminated bodily secretions of infected rabbits and also by carrier birds and flying insects. Illness from this virus occurs quickly usually in the time frame of 12—18 hours. There are no known therapies to reverse the disease and it can quickly lead the death. Vaccination is one of the only protections pet rabbits have.

Although as of yet no scientific evidence has been provided, there were concerns of a new Calici Virus strain occurring and because of this, the vaccine manufacturing company has decided to
updated their recommended vaccination protocol.

We are following this recommendation and are now recommending to have rabbits vaccinated twice yearly after the initial juvenile course of 2 vaccinations (generally 4 weeks apart and one of which is after 12 weeks of age).

New Food Range: Burgess Excel

05/13/2015We would like to introduce a new range of guinea pig and rabbit pellets and hay that we will be stocking at our clinics in the coming few weeks.Burgess Excel has been and is currently the UK’s number 1 veterinary recommended feed for rabbits and guinea pigs, and luckily for us it is now available in Australia.Burgess Excel provides the right balance ...

We would like to introduce a new range of guinea pig and rabbit pellets and hay that we will be stocking at our clinics in the coming few weeks.

Burgess Excel has been and is currently the UK’s number 1 veterinary recommended feed for rabbits and guinea pigs, and luckily for us it is now available in Australia.

Burgess Excel provides the right balance of fiber, nutrients, vitamins and minerals for your pets all round health. They also make a specific pellet type for pets that are young, mature or overweight—meeting all there individual dietary needs.

New Full-Time Opening Hours

05/02/2015We are pleased to announce that we will now be offering full-time opening hours at both our clinic locations. We will be available every weekday at our Murdoch University clinic and 7 days a week at our Balcatta clinic.We hope these new opening hours will make it much easier for everyone to come and see us with their pets.

We are pleased to announce that we will now be offering full-time opening hours at both our clinic locations. We will be available every weekday at our Murdoch University clinic and 7 days a week at our Balcatta clinic.

We hope these new opening hours will make it much easier for everyone to come and see us with their pets.

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