Pocket Pets Services
Pocket pets have become very popular in many households. These critters can be delicate and require special care. Our veterinarians offer services for many of these pets. If you have any questions regarding your pocket pet, please contact us at 506-388-8880.
What services do you offer at your clinic for rabbits?
We pride ourselves on our ability to routinely see rabbits in our clinic for surgeries and other services, including spaying/neutering, veterinary exams (general check-ups or sick/emergency), dietary consultations, nail trims, teeth trims (if necessary) and ear cleaning (if necessary).
Why should rabbits be spayed?
Spaying is the surgical removal of uterus and ovaries and is of particular importance in bunnies because it prevents a very common malignant cancer in rabbits, called Uterine Adenocarcinoma. It occurs in approximately 80% of unspayed female rabbits, over the age of two. This cancer spreads rapidly to other organs and is not treatable once it does so. Spaying would also be crucial in a home with males and females living together to prevent a pregnancy from occurring. Other uterine diseases you would be avoiding by spaying your rabbit include pyometra (when the uterus gets infected and fills with pus), uterine aneurysm (blood clot in the uterus), and endometritis (inflamed uterine lining).
Why should rabbits be neutered?
Neutering is the surgical removal of the testicles, there aren’t many common reproductive diseases in male rabbits. However, some potential issues include testicular abscesses from bites, hematomas, and testicular cancer. Male rabbits also have a tendency to have aggression issues around 8-18 months of age, and can also start spraying to mark territory. All of these issues can be prevented by getting your rabbit neutered. The aggression can only be controlled if the neuter occurs before the behaviour begins, or shortly thereafter.
What do I need to know before bringing my rabbit in for surgery?
Rabbits are different in that they should not fast before surgery. They also need to be offered food as soon as they are awake after surgery, so we ask that you bring in some of their hay and pellets with them. Other than that, everything is the same as cats and dogs.
What is the recovery like after a spay/neuter surgery?
Recovery after a rabbit spay/neuter is quite easy, similar to cats and dogs. You should try to restrict their activity as much as possible for a couple of days after surgery. It’s also critical that they continue to eat as normal. If you notice your rabbit stops wanting to eat, you should call us to book a no charge post-surgical re-check appointment. We also ask that you check your rabbit’s incision every day to make sure it is not open, infected, bleeding, etc.
Do rabbits need regular veterinary visits?
It is recommended to have regular check-ups at the veterinarian for your rabbit, just like for your cat and dog. There are many diseases and conditions that are common in rabbits, like dental disease, respiratory illness (sneezing, coughing, excessive tearing), “hairballs,” diarrhea and urinary disease (blood in the urine, straining to urinate, inappropriate urination, frequent urination, the complete inability to urinate). If your rabbit has any changes in behaviour or any odd symptoms, please call us at 388-8880 to schedule an appointment with one of the veterinarians.