COVID UPDATE – We are currently seeing essential appointments only whereas non-essential appointments may be delayed.

If mutually agreeable, subject to face coverings being worn, no clinical signs of COVID and the type of appointment, consultations will be carried out inside the building.  In order to maintain social distance we have a maximum occupancy level policy and thank you for your patience whilst waiting. We kindly request only one member of the family attends and where possible aim to get for us at the correct time for your appointment to avoid ongoing delays.

Please be aware that as from 18th January due to altered working practices we intend on closing at 6pm for the foreseeable future and will keep this under review until current lock down rules change.  Our full list of opening hours can be found here

For repeat medication requests, please order in advance as usual by telephoning us on 01458 832972 or emailing us at medicines@ovg.co.uk.  You will be requested to pay prior to collection and our reception team will provide you with further instructions as appropriate.

If you are shielding or self-isolating and require repeat medication or veterinary advice please contact us on 01458 832972.

 

As vets and pet owners, one of the most important things we can do for our rabbits is to make sure they are protected against infectious disease by vaccinating them. At their annual health check appointment, your vet will carry out a full physical health check and let you know what vaccinations they recommend your pet receives.

WHAT VACCINATIONS SHOULD MY PET RECEIVE?

Pet rabbits in the UK require vaccination to protect them from myxomatosis, and both strains of viral haemorrhagic disease – VHD 1 and VHD 2.

DOES MY RABBIT REALLY NEED TO BE VACCINATED? THEY DON’T EVER LEAVE THE GARDEN.

Pet rabbits are actually even more vulnerable to infectious disease than dogs or cats. After all, there are almost no stray or feral dogs roaming the streets in the UK, and very few wild or feral cats. But there is a large population of wild rabbits that are genetically the same as our pet bunnies. In addition to this, deadly infectious diseases were deliberately introduced into this wild population in past attempts to control numbers. Myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease remain common, and in some cases are even increasing in frequency. Fleas carry myxomatosis, and VHD can even be carried short distances by wind, so direct contact with wild rabbits isn’t needed for infection to be transmitted. While cases of disease such as distemper in dogs or panleukopaenia in cats are luckily rare now due to excellent uptake of vaccination, we still regularly see pet rabbits with myxomatosis or VHD, and very few survive. Protecting rabbits is just as important as protecting dogs and cats

WHEN SHOULD MY PET BE VACCINATED?

Our combined vaccine can be given from 5 weeks of age but we recommend postponing their first vaccination, if possible, until 7 weeks old. This is to make sure their immunity is not reduced by protective factors in their mother’s milk.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD MY PET BE VACCINATED?

Rabbits should be re-vaccinated every year.

WILL MY PET BE UNWELL AFTER VACCINATION?

Vaccination stimulates the immune system, which can trigger a mild fever. This is most commonly seen after initial vaccinations, though it is sometimes seen after re-vaccination.

Your pet might be a little sleepy after their appointment: don’t be alarmed if this is the case. In most cases, pets feel and behave absolutely normally.

An allergic or adverse response to a vaccination is possible, as with any medication, but very rare. Signs of an allergic reaction may include swelling around the nose or mouth, or occasionally diarrhoea. If you have any concerns that your pet seems unwell after a vaccination, please contact the surgery for advice.

Pets can a go about their normal routine in the run up to their vaccination appointment and after it. There is no need to withhold food before or after, or restrict exercise or activity.