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Treating Sepsis – 15 top tips

11 February 2019

You’ll occasionally see a news story where someone has sadly been affected by sepsis and died. It can strike so quickly, especially as the signs can creep up without warning and go unrecognised before it’s too late. The same problem can affect animals, and in the same way, so all cases need to be carefully evaluated and quickly treated.

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The rabbit castration – the how and why

11 February 2019

Why is neutering important? There are many benefits to neutering a male rabbit. They tend to live a longer, healthier lives and are generally calmer and easier to handle. Their destructive habits are reduced, yet they don’t lose any of their character. An additional benefit is that they are often easier to litter train and have less of an urge to spray.

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Skin diseases of rabbits - without pruritis

11 February 2019

Whilst pruritis is one of the most common signs you’ll find in any skin condition, there are still plenty of other dermatological conditions that may cause other problems. In this article, we take a look at 5 of the more frequently encountered skin conditions where pruritis isn’t the main feature.

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Skin diseases of rabbits - with pruritis

11 February 2019

Pruritis is the sensation that makes an animal scratch, rub, chew, or lick a certain area of its skin. This is often an indication that the skin is inflamed, which can occur in any of the many dermal layers. In rabbits, most cases are linked to a parasitic challenge, so always be on the lookout for mites, fleas and ticks. If you find the animal becomes intensely itchy by rubbing the skin, it’s time to investigate.

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Fluid therapy – getting under the skin

11 February 2019

When we think of fluid therapy we tend to think of oral electrolytes and intravenous fluids. But how often do we think of subcutaneous (s/c) fluids? For many of us this is a much under used way to provide addition fluids and electrolytes, but it’s worth considering. It easy to give, painless and can help significantly with mild dehydration.

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Coughing canines

11 February 2019

At this time of year, coughs and colds affect us all, and the TV adverts regularly promote remedies to help suppress or treat the symptoms. Unfortunately, a chronic cough is not only an irritation, but it can also be quite debilitating. Our patients are also affected by this problem, and it’s our job to help them.

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