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Frequently Asked Questions

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MY RABBIT IS NOT EATING.

There are many reasons for why rabbits do not eat well. Overgrown teeth, illness, hot weather and intestinal issues are the most common causes. Insure you rabbit has access to shade and water during hot weather and a waterproof area during the rainy season.

Rabbits are unable to throw up. When they groom, they swallow lots of hair. Their stomach becomes full and causes them to stop eating. All these issues can be addressed with a trip to the Narbonne Animal Clinic. Please call for an appointment if your rabbit goes more than 1 day without eating.                                                        

IMPORTANT BULLETIN IF YOU ARE A RABBIT OWNER

During July 2010, three fatal cases of Myxomatosis in pet rabbits were reported to the Veterinary Public Health & Rabies Control Program. The rabbits lived in the San Gabriel Valley and were primarily kept indoors.  However, they did have access to the outdoors, where they may have been bitten by mosquitoes, fleas or black flies which are vectors of this disease.

Myxomatosis is a disease of rabbits caused by a poxvirus.  The disease is enzootic in California, especially along the coast.  Wild rabbits are generally more resistant to the effects of the virus, but may become infected and spread the disease.  In 1950, this virus was deliberately introduced into Australia in an attempt to rid the area of wild rabbits.  Initially, 90% of infected rabbits died, but over several years, the mortality rate dropped to approximately 25%.  

The virus is spread by biting insects or through direct contact with 
infected rabbits or contaminated hutches, equipment or clothing.   Infected rabbits may develop swollen noses, eyelids, lips, ears or genitals, and may die very quickly.  There is no good treatment for this fatal disease, so prevention is extremely important.

Rabbit owners should take the following actions:

* Protect the rabbits from blood sucking insects. Keep rabbits indoors. 
*Apply Vectra flea medication once each month. Vectra does NOT repel mosquitoes or biting flies but does kill fleas. Vectra is not labeled for rabbits but has been proven safe.

DO NOT USE FRONTLINE AS IT IS TOXIC TO RABBITS!

*  Reduce mosquitoes on your property by removing any standing water.
*  Quarantine new rabbits for at least two weeks.
* Isolate sick rabbits and contact your veterinarian.
* Practice good hygiene.  Wash your hands between rabbits. Do not share equipment between rabbit hutches until it has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.  

 

Dr. Boge closed the Narbonne Animal Clinic after 28 years. Thank you for your dedication and loyalty.