Category: Health Related

Fly Strike Hazards for Small Pets

By Phyllis O’Beollain Myiasis, or flystrike, is a condition typically seen in rabbits, guinea pigs and other small furry pets in the summer, but it can affect any animal at any time of the year. “Blowflies” (shiny flies with blue or green iridescent bodies) are attracted to open wounds, heavily soiled fur or the droppings […]

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Caring for the Small Pet With Head Tilt

by Phyllis O’Beollain     Regardless of the cause, if your rabbit or other small pet has head tilt, he or she is going to need special care – maybe for weeks or months or longer.   Lack of balance Problems with the pet’s sensory perception are the cause of their lack of balance, inability […]

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Bumblefoot in Rabbits and Rodents

by Phyllis O’Beollain The proper name for bumblefoot is ulcerative pododermatitis, but bumblefoot is much more fun to say. Bumblefoot! Bumblefoot! That is the only fun thing about bumblefoot; it is an extremely painful infection of the footpad. Bumblefoot affects pets such as rabbits, rodents, and cavies, as well as birds of prey, poultry and […]

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Growing Wheatgrass

by Phyllis O’Beollain, Dayton Small Pets Examiner Wheatgrass is loaded with vitamins, boosts the immune system, aids digestion and just plain tastes good to pets. Even the carnivorous cat enjoys snacking on wheatgrass. Wheatgrass is easily and cheaply grown at home: Go to Liberty Market in Kettering and buy some organic wheat berries. Pre-soak the […]

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How Do I Get My Rabbit To Drink More Water?

by Phyllis O’Beollain, Dayton Small Pets Examiner At any given time, rabbits require a good deal of water – proportionately more than other species. A rabbit weighing five pounds will drink as much water as a dog weighing 25 pounds! With hot weather or the dry air of air conditioned rooms, rabbits will drink even […]

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