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"Discover Everything You Need To Know About Your Pet 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 will 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 do not have much experience with rabbits, and it is in your pets 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 will 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 offices 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.
Rabbits need to be vaccinated against two diseases: Myxomatosis, which is indicated by discharge from the nose and eyes and swelling of the body; and viral hemorrhagic disease (VHD), which has no overt symptoms except for lethargy and overall discomfort. The swellings caused by myxomatosis can make it hard for your pet to see, consume foods or drink water. VHD can result in internal bleeding, and then death. In fact, both disease can be fatal, so you must do your best to prevent then from occurring in the first place.
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