Pause rabbit sales over abandonment ‘crisis’, RWAF urges

The UK’s leading rabbit welfare charity is calling for an immediate pause on the sale of new rabbits following an unprecedented rise in the number being abandoned. Rescue centers and charities are all reporting a surge of abandoned and mistreated rabbits, and the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) believes the scale of the problem … Read more

RVC research reveals owners’ awareness of pet ferret boredom

Most owners believe ferrets experience boredom – but those doubting the animals’ ability to be bored were less likely to provide the right environmental stimulation, RVC researchers have found. Research by the college has revealed the extent pet ferret owners are aware of, and understand, ferret boredom. While 93% believe the species can experience boredom … Read more

Group unveils latest practice in £350k project

An expanding independent veterinary group has unveiled its latest practice in County Durham. Harrison Family Vets has invested £350,000 in the site in Stockton-on-Tees, where six staff have initially been recruited. The practice is the group’s fourth to open since its launch in the summer of 2021, following facilities at Woodley near Reading, Kingswinford, West … Read more

Bonding in pet rabbits: what have we learned?

Imagine answering the telephone to an owner who is in tears. Their two dogs have fought in the house and the injuries are terrible. You advise them to bring the dogs in as quickly as they can. When they arrive, it is obvious that the injuries are too severe to be surgically repaired. Surprised and … Read more

Are rabbits really ‘exotic’?

According to PDSA [PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report 2022], rabbits are the third most popular pet in the UK behind dogs and cats. With an estimated 1.1 million pet rabbits in the country, that’s about a tenth of the population of pet dogs and cats, which hover around the 9 to 10 million mark. So, … Read more

Winter fears prompt RSPCA appeal for new foster carers

The RSPCA has launched an urgent appeal for new pet foster carers amid fears the current animal welfare crisis will only get worse through the winter. The charity said it is already paying out around £26,000 a week for private boarders to look after hundreds of rescued animals that it cannot accommodate. Rehoming rates are … Read more

Vets4Pets practices join new pet food donation program

Vets4Pets clients are being given the chance to help pets in need following the launch of a new food donation scheme. The initiative is being trialled at six Pets at Home stores across the UK, including four with Vets4Pets practices on site. Bosses said they plan to expand the scheme to more stores in the … Read more

Vets need to be aware of rabbit GDV danger

Vets have been warned to be on the lookout for delayed or misdiagnosed acute surgical abdominal conditions in rabbits, including gastric dilation and volvulus (GDV). VetCT and Exotic Vet Support have joined forces to issue the warnings, and encourage the use of CT for rapid diagnosis to direct early, targeted surgical intervention and improve outcomes. … Read more

Flying high: own hospital approved to train avian veterinary specialists

A vet hospital in Cardiff is flying high after being approved to help train the avian vet specialists of the future. Valley Exotics, based at Valley Veterinary Hospital in Gwaelod y Garth, has been accredited by the European College of Zoological Medicine (ECZM) as a training site. It is the only vet hospital in Wales … Read more

Rapid PCR test for hard-to-diagnose parasites

Horiba UK Veterinary has added an Encephalitozoon cuniculi test to its in-house PCR range of rapid veterinary diagnostic tests for the Pockit Central analyzer. It said this would expand the number of available tests to approaching 200, which already includes viruses, bacteria, parasites and protozoa for companion animals and farm species. Mammal infections I cut … Read more