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Pocket Pets

As rabbits and other pocket pets become more popular it is worth taking to some time to think about the common ailments that arise and how, if possible, we can prevent these problems from happening.

Rabbits

How you can protect your rabbit from Calicivirus

Guinea Pigs

Before you decide to buy a guinea pig, remember it will rely on you for its every need.

Mice

Mice can be visually enchanting creatures and quite comical to watch during their play activity.

 

Rats

For many children, a pet rat is an ideal pet. They do not smell, are not easily damaged, and live only 2 – 2.5 years. Rats are also active and intelligent and may become very tame, appearing to enjoy human companionship

Dental Disease

Teeth problems are a common issue with rabbits and other small furries.

Gastro-Intestinal Disease

Our small pets can be susceptible to gastrointestinal (GI) problems just like other pets.

Respiratory Disease

Rabbits can contract respiratory illnesses from a variety of causes; bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic. The term “snuffles’ is used to describe a rabbit with a respiratory bug, most commonly thought to be due to Pasteurella infection. Typical signs of infection include; sneezing, nasal and ocular discharge, noisy breathing, increased effort and general malaise. These conditions can be difficult to treat, and can become a chronic condition, so it is important to seek veterinary advice as soon as you suspect your rabbit is unwell.

Reproductive Disease

Rabbits and small rodents can be susceptible to disease of the reproductive tract, mainly pyometra (infection of the womb) and cancer. Guinea pigs are known to suffer from cystic ovaries which can be treated via repeated drainage as necessary.

It is possible to spey or neuter your rabbit if required for social grouping purposes, due to behavioural issues like aggression, or for a medical reason. The surgery can be done from 4 months of age onwards.

Parasitic Disease

There is a wide variety of parasites that can affect our small pets, both internally and externally.

 

Skin Disease

There is a whole host of skin problems that rabbits can suffer, some of which we have already covered in the parasites section (mites, fleas and ticks being the culprits).