WE ARE NOW OPEN FULL HOURS FOR ALL PATIENTS AND ARE INVITING PEOPLE INTO THE PRACTICE ONCE AGAIN. As of the 24th July 2020, we have been welcoming a limited number of clients into the practice. Video consults are still available for those who wish to reduce their contact with others or who are self isolating. For the safety of all people who enter the practice, we have installed perspex screens in certain areas. We are only allowing a maximum of 2 households (2 people per household max.) into the premises at any one time. Please be aware that only one person may be able to accompany a pet into the consultation room itself (the other person may need to wait in reception). We are also asking that all visitors and clients wear a mask at all times when in the practice. There are exceptions for those who may struggle with these measures and please do call if you have any concerns. Please see here for the information emails sent to our clients about this situation.
5 of the most important things to take away from Rabbit Awareness Week
At The Finchley Vet, we look after our rabbit patients with the same level of care and expertise that we look after our dog and cat patients. It was Rabbit Awareness Week at the end of June, which gives us a chance to let you know our 5 most important rabbit care tips.
1) Rabbits teeth constantly grow throughout their life, and need constant grinding from the movement of their jaw to keep them short. A rabbit should have access to plenty of hay (which encourages grinding) and only very small amounts of pelleted or 'muesli' rabbit food (which does not encourage grinding) and some fresh veg. For most rabbits, 1-2tsp per day of 'rabbit food' is more than enough.
2) Womb cancer is very, very common in older female rabbits. Therefore, all healthy female rabbits should be neutered when they are young. This involves the removal of a female rabbit's ovaries and womb and can prevent the occurence of womb cancer later in life.
3) Myxomatosis and Viral Haemmorhagic Disease are two really nasty viral diseases that can affect pet rabbits. They cause painful symptoms and death in most rabbits that they infect...but they can both be protected against with an annual vaccination.
4) Many pet rabbits end up being victims of fox attacks. All rabbits kept outdoors should be in a really secure hutch with even more reinforcing over night as this is when a lot of fox attacks occur.
5) Rabbits have amazing guts which help them to break down food like grass which can be really difficult to digest. Part of the process involves rabbits eating some of their own poos. This sounds gross, but is a vital part of a rabbit's digestion. It is another reason why they need lots of hay, grass and fibre. Without lots of fibre, their poo can taste funny to them, they do not eat it properly and this can lead to gut upsets.