Q: I’ve fallen in love with my good friend’s rabbit, and I need one of my very own. I ponder if the rabbit is lonely when my good friend is at work and whether or not I ought to purchase two as a substitute of one. Also, do shelters have rabbits, or ought to I am going to the pet retailer?
A: Rabbits are the third mostly surrendered species at animal shelters, and February is Adopt a Rabbit Month, so your timing is superb.
Adopting a rabbit from an animal shelter or rescue group offers many advantages.
The rabbit will in all probability come to you already sterilized or with a voucher for low-cost spay/neuter surgical procedure. Sterilized rabbits dwell longer and have fewer medical and behavioral issues than unsterilized bunnies.
Unlike pet retailer rabbits shipped from breeding mills, rescued rabbits are already socialized and skilled to make use of a litter field. Shelter and rescue employees members know the temperaments of their rabbits and can enable you select the best one to your character and life-style. They additionally present assist all through every adopted rabbit’s life.
In addition, adopting a bunny is more rewarding than shopping for one at a pet retailer since you save a life and unencumber area for an additional homeless rabbit.
Rabbits are social creatures that want the companionship of their very own species, so please take into account adopting a bunny and a buddy. If the shelter or rescue has a pair that has already bonded, select them. If not, introduce your rabbits with the assistance of somebody who is aware of rabbits nicely, and seek the advice of the House Rabbit Society at rabbit.org.
A bonded pair will eat and play collectively, groom one another and sleep collectively. Watching their interactions will deliver you more pleasure than dwelling with a solitary rabbit.
Your rabbits won’t ever be tired of one another’s firm, so they will not get into the difficulty a single rabbit can. When you are at work, you may know your bunnies aren’t lonely.
Visit your native animal shelter, or discover a rabbit rescue group on the impartial rescue record on the House Rabbit Society web site.
Q: My Weimaraner, Axel, had a routine blood take a look at that was constructive for Lyme illness. He has by no means proven any medical indicators, his Lyme vaccination is all the time present, and he makes use of a tick preventive all year long. Given all this, how a lot can I belief the take a look at end result? His veterinarian needs to deal with him with an antibiotic. Can this damage him if he would not really want it?
A: The reply to your quandary is unclear, so let me begin with what we do know.
Lyme illness, attributable to Borrelia micro organism transmitted via a tick chew, is characterised by a sudden onset of lameness, lethargy, urge for food loss and fever. The micro organism harm the joints and kidneys, inflicting the kidneys to excrete protein within the urine.
Urine mustn’t include protein, so most veterinarians who get a constructive Lyme take a look at end result within the absence of medical indicators examine the urine for protein.
If a canine has no medical indicators of Lyme illness and no protein within the urine, most veterinarians wouldn’t prescribe an antibiotic. However, this place is debated.
To resolve how greatest to diagnose, deal with and stop Lyme illness in pets, board-certified veterinarians with particular experience in Lyme illness met to overview the analysis knowledge. Their consensus assertion is printed; here is a shortcut hyperlink: arkansasonline.com/0124rabbit.
If you scroll all the way down to the subject titled “Should Treatments Be Offered for Nonclinical, Nonproteinuric Seropositive Dogs?” you may see that many of the specialists didn’t suggest antibiotic remedy for canine like Axel.
In half, it is because antibiotics aren’t innocent. They could cause abdomen upset and/or diarrhea in some canine. Using an antibiotic when it isn’t wanted may also promote bacterial resistance, so the antibiotic will not be efficient sooner or later when it’s required.
I like to recommend you ask your veterinarian to check Axel’s urine for protein, which provides you with one more piece of knowledge on which to base a remedy determination.
Lee Pickett, VMD, practices companion animal medication in North Carolina. Contact her at