Categories for Other pets

5
Jun
2018

Stan the rabbit’s malaligned teeth

Stan is a four year old Lionhead x rabbit who his owner, Mrs Taylor, has cared for since September 2016 when his previous owner sadly died. Mrs Taylor has a lot of experience of caring for rabbits and currently has more than ten at her home. Since a young age, Stan has had dental problems. Part of this is due... View Article

4
Jun
2018

Fly Strike Alert Rabbits

          We are entering the high risk period for fly strike in rabbits. Approximately 50% of rabbits who present at a veterinary surgery with fly strike need to be put to sleep. Risk Factors for Fly Strike: A study has recently been carried out by the University of Liverpool and they found that: Unneutered female rabbits... View Article

16
Feb
2018

Pre and Post Hibernation Checks for Tortoises

  Paula Cornish is one of our Registered Veterinary Nurses who has completed an additional qualification in exotics husbandry and care. When our Tortoise friends are waking up from hibernation and also before they are going to start hibernation, it is important that they are checked out to make sure they are the right weight and showing no signs of disease... View Article

18
Apr
2017

Promoting responsible pet ownership and health care

April is National Pet Month. A registered charity, National Pet Month celebrates the benefits of pets and raises awareness of the role of pet care specialists and the value of working and assistance companion animals. The charity’s other key aim is to raise the awareness of responsible pet ownership. That’s one of the key aims of Blake Vets too. However... View Article

16
Apr
2017

Coping with the loss of your pet

We understand how much pets mean to people. Most pets are considered members of the family and are loyal and faithful companions. So when a beloved pet dies, we know it is not unusual to feel overwhelmed with grief. Some people may not understand your feelings of sadness after losing a pet, but please remember there are people who understand... View Article

14
Mar
2017

Have a pet carrying a few extra kilogrammes?

Most pets are naturally active but over the winter months their activity will fall and they can gain weight easily.  With the promise of spring just around the corner, now is the time to act to shed those extra kilo’s! An overweight pet is far more likely to have long term health problems. If you think your pet is a little... View Article

20
Jun
2016

Rabbit Housing and Runs

Husbandry Rabbits are traditionally kept outdoors in a hutch, but can also be kept indoors as a house pet and are easy to litter train.   Hutches – hutches available from pet shops are usually too small as the sole accommodation of a rabbit. A good hutch must be dry, have a draught-free secluded nest area and an area for... View Article

13
Jun
2016

Rabbit Diseases

          Myxomatosis is a virus spread from rabbit to rabbit via the rabbit flea and midges. It is preventable but rarely treatable. Viral Haemorrhagic Disease – leads to death in most affected rabbits. Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease are the two illnesses rabbits can be vaccinated against. E Cuniculi – is a parasite that many rabbits carry... View Article

7
Jun
2016

Rabbit Awareness month – rabbit diets

Rabbits are the third most popular pet in the UK but information about providing the best care for them can be contradictory.  In order to clear up some of the confusion, we will provide information over the next month on rabbit diet, husbandry, vaccinations and what diseases you should look out for. Rabbits make great pets but are probably not the... View Article

19
Apr
2016

Complimentary Therapies

  Hydrotherapy, physiotherapy and acupuncture are just 3 of the complimentary therapies becoming more widely available in the veterinary world. They are used to aid treatment for a variety of conditions but are particularly useful in helping with the management of arthritis in older dogs, in weight control and to help rehabilitation post surgery e.g. spinal injuries, knee surgery or... View Article