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Finding The Right Vet For Your Pet Bunny Rabbit
by Andrea Austin,
Even with the most diligent rabbit selection process and the very best care and grooming, there is always the possibility that your pet will develop a condition that requires medical attention. This chapter contains essential information on how to find an appropriate veterinarian who will give your pet the kind of attention he deserves, as well as a run-down of the most common rabbit health concerns. You should read them all, even if your pet seems in perfect health now. Being alert to the symptoms of illnesses is the key to getting care quickly and preventing complications.
Finding a Vet
Waiting until you have an emergency on your hands to find a vet is never a good idea. For one thing, you’ll wind up racing around trying to find just anyone who can help you, and you may end up with a mediocre vet or one who overcharges you. For another thing, many vets don’t have much experience with rabbits, and it is in your pet’s best interest to find a vet who knows a great deal about rabbits.
So find a good vet now, before you even need one. You’ll be putting yourself in a much better position should your pet require emergency care down the line. Moreover, having a vet will make you much more likely to take your rabbit for regular checkups and important procedures like spaying/neutering and clipping or teeth-trimming.
How to Pick the Right Vet
It can be next to impossible to find a good vet simply by scrolling through names in a phonebook or even just looking online. You should visit offices, check out the environment, ask others in the office what the vet is like, and so on.
Talk to the vet him- or herself. Ask him how familiar he is with rabbits—how many rabbits does he see per month? Does he have training with regard to rabbits? Does he know the common health concerns that rabbit pet-owners have to worry about? Can he give you advice on rabbit diets? What about clipping and teeth-trimming—will he be able to help you with that?
This kind of in-person research is the best way to ensure that you select a vet who is knowledgeable, has a good reputation, has a clear office environment, and has experience with rabbits in particular.
If you are looking for a vet to spay or neuter your new pet, ask specifically about the office’s rate with this procedure. It is expected that some rabbits die as a result of this common process, but if a vet has a loss rate of over 2%, you should go to another vet.
by Andrea Austin,
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