By Dr Kath Buchanan
Recently I have had an interesting case at the Veterinary clinic and I feel a responsibility to share the knowledge that I have gained as it may help create awareness. After spending many years away from New Zealand it is interesting to both revise my knowledge from the past and understand the current situation.
Recently a young Jack Russell Terrier weighing only 8.5kg came into our clinic following a vicious attack by a large Rottweiler. The small dog had been grabbed around its tummy and shaken around. Understandably he came in quite shocked, scared and painful to the touch all over its’ back and abdomen.
E. cuniculi is a tiny protozoal parasite that can cause devastating effects on rabbits. It is relatively common with studies showing that up to 52% of rabbits become infected, however only 6% show outward signs of disease. It is one of the major causes of neurological disease in rabbits.
Tragically, cancer is a very common problem among our canine companions. Cancer in all its shapes and forms, is an awful disease that touches the lives of hundreds of New Zealanders every year. Sadly, cancer isn’t just something people must do battle with, it’s also a hugely common problem for our canine friends.
Travelling To The Vet
Secure the carrier in the back seat using a seat belt and cover it with a towel. It is important to cover the cage as when you get to the clinic if the cage is put on the ground there may be dogs sniffing around.