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Ask-A-Vet is a feature of the upcoming PetExpo Singapore and will run monthly from February to April 2019.


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Replies to 10 selected questions will be posted by a vet here each month from February to April 2019.


The most important aspect of a rabbit’s lifestyle is its diet and most health problem in rabbits come from either bad teeth or problems in the intestines. The diet needs to be relatively high in fibre.

Here is a good recommended diet for rabbits between 1 & 7 years of age:

  • Unlimited timothy, grass hay, oat hay, etc.
  • Minimum 2 cups chopped vegetables per 2.5kgs body weight; always introduce vegetables and greens slowly
  • Fruit daily ration no more than 50g per 2.5kgs body weight.

And if you are feeding mixed pellets make sure that they finish all the pellets else they eat the high protein items that are more tasty.

Heat rash is more commonly found in the axillae or the armpits of the dog, though they can also be found on the belly of the dog or in other areas that can rub. Heat rash is commonly seen as small red spots however allergy can look the same though also has a more varied appearance. You can use shampoos to treat both conditions but as we know allergies are far more complicated. Unfortunately both conditions present seasonally, and definitive diagnosis for allergies requires testing: dog with allergies can also get heat rash.

It’s very difficult to tell the difference unless your cat vomits up a hairball. That said hairballs are far more common in long-haired cats and if you are wanting to test whether your long-haired cat is hacking hairballs then record on a calendar the frequency of hairball hacking and then groom your cat twice daily for a week to see if the frequency reduces. The frequency of rasping due to asthma will stay consistent. Hairball hacking is unlikely in a short-haired cat.

The nose is designed to screen out dust and the nose is designed to sneeze out that dust. If any discharge produced is clear then this is a normal inflammatory reaction to dust. If you are concerned record the frequency of sneezing/ coughing on a calendar so that you can subjectively measure frequency. Yellow or red-stained discharge can be a concern. Dust hay or wood chips can cause more sneezing.

Diet is very important: please ensure a stable non-human food diet with less treats. Dogs generally need anesthetised dentals every 2-3 years however to try and avoid such regularly scale and polish dentals clean your dog’s teeth with a tooth brush or finger brush and feed dental chews.

I would suggest that you see your vet for a blood test reviewing the organs including kidney and liver plus blood cells.

If masses or swelling appear quickly they will often go down quickly however if the mass has grown slowly over several weeks or months please visit a vet quickly: they may recommend a fine needle aspirate, biopsy or removal.

Use a nail rasp or files: you can get electric ones, and try and get into a routine when your dog is relaxed. If they don’t like the feeling then there is no fail safe method to stop you from cutting them too short. Cutting the quick of the nail happens to the best of us, but keep trying and measure from the top of the nail down to the tip so you start to learn how long the quick is.

Itchy skin is a very big subject. It is important that you try and use shampoos that can treat yeast, also called ‘Malassezia’, or bacteria as damaged skin commonly get secondary infections that make the skin more itchy. Trying essential fatty acids pills or capsules is also an option: they will put more oils in the skin. Same goes for shampoo conditioners. However you should see a vet to try and understanding the underlying cause for the itchy skin: your groomer is thinking allergy which is a good suggestion but there are infections that can be causing itchiness too.

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