Your Rabbit's First Visit to the Vet
Our veterinarian and team at Pleasant View and Juniata Veterinary Clinics understands that your rabbit’s first exam can be a little stressful for both of you.
Your Rabbit’s First Visit to the Vet
Here are some things that should help in choosing which vet to take your rabbit to see and how to prepare for making that first appointment.
It is important to know that we routinely see and care for rabbits. When it’s time for your rabbit's first appointment, be sure and arrive at least 15 minutes early to give yourself time to get oriented with our facility and fill out paperwork.
What to Bring with You
- An easily carried and well-constructed pet carrier. This not only ensures safety in the car, but also provides more security for your rabbit while at our office.
- Familiar food, just in case your friend has to stay overnight.
- A stool sample, no more than 24-hours old.
- A copy of any medical records and your rabbit’s specific diet.
- Temperature and weight are taken along with the stool sample you collected. A fecal sample evaluation usually takes around 15 minutes.
- The veterinarian gets your pet’s history.
- Incisors will be examined for malocclusion. If your rabbit is an adult, our vet will check its molars using an otoscope with a long speculum.
- Tears duct are checked for obstructions.
- Your rabbit’s ears will be swabbed and what is collected will be examined under a microscope.
- Your vet will look for any evidence of mites, other parasites, bacteria, or yeast.
- Heart and lungs are checked with a stethoscope and the shape and size of internal organs are checked by palpating the abdomen.
We recommend a routine Chemistry and CBC if your rabbit is over two years old.
Call us to learn more about our veterinarian and animal clinic or to schedule an appointment.
Juniata Veterinary Clinics