Low-Cost Rabbit Spay – Rabbit Neuter

The Windward Animal Hospital is now offering a low-cost spay and neuter program for rabbits! As most rabbit owners know, rabbit surgery is a costly procedure with spays and neuters usually costing hundreds of dollars. More importantly, due to the delicate nature and special needs of rabbits, it is of the utmost importance that a rabbit experienced veterinarian perform the procedure.

Dr. Colby from the Windward Animal Hospital has been entrusted to the care of rabbits throughout the state and is the veterinarian for the Georgia House Rabbit Society, a rabbit rescue and shelter located in Cobb County.

Seeing the need for affordable spays and neuters, the Windward Animal Hospital has made this commitment which will benefit rabbit enthusiasts and rabbit welfare throughout the state.

Through our Low cost program, we offer neuters for $110 and spays for $140.

Please read the letter below from Dr. Stewart Colby for more information about this program. Feel free to call the Windward Animal Hospitals with questions or to schedule an appointment.

“I have and continue to work with the Georgia House Rabbit Society of Georgia (GHRS) for several years. In working with them I have found that, while there is any number of programs available for low-cost canine and feline spay and neuter organizations, there are not many options for the rabbit community. Windward Animal Hospital (WAH), with the support of GHRS, is attempting to change that for the residents of the greater Atlanta area.  While the health and social benefits to spaying (ovariohysterectomy) and neutering (castration) rabbits are well documented, most veterinarians are not fully trained or have limited experience associated with rabbit’s health care issues and surgeries. Through much experience I believe rabbit health care is more of an art form than an exact science.  Additionally pet/companion rabbits are just as important to their caregivers as dogs, birds and cats and deserve the same level of health care.”

— Dr. Stewart Colby

Windward Animal Hospital and Georgia House Rabbit Society are working together to fill a need in the rabbit community at affordable prices while maintaining a level of health care recommended to all rabbit owners.  A full annual evaluation, two types of internal parasite exams, pre-anesthetic medication, gas anesthesia, spay/neuter, antibiotic injection and pain management generally ranges between $230-$280. Windward Animal Hospital, with the support and assistance of Georgia House Rabbit Society offers all the above for $110 to males and $140 for females.

Please call the office at (770)569-7298 to find out which days each month are designated as the “Low-Cost Rabbit Clinic” days.

If on physical examination health issues are found which preclude him/her from getting spayed/neutered, the exam cost is $20. The owner would responsible for any additional costs, including medications, which will be discussed before any action is discussed. Please call Windward Animal Hospital to schedule an appointment as this program and dates are subject to change at any time. Please feel free to call to address any concerns or questions.

CONSIDERING PURCHASING A RABBIT?

If you are considering a rabbit for a pet, please adopt one in need. The Georgia House Rabbit Society has many rabbits at their shelter in need of a permanent home. In addition to helping save a life, their rabbits are already spayed or neutered as well as litter trained! To view their adoptable rabbits or for rabbit care information, visit the Georgia House Rabbit Society’s website at www.houserabbitga.com


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Thanks for sharing! This is great news!We are so happy to announce that our good friends at Oakhurst Guinea Pig Rescue have obtained their shelter license from the Georgia Department of Agriculture! Yes, this is a picture of buns....which is where our paths have crossed...
One Saturday, a while ago, a gentleman named Thomas walked into our Shelter. He aspired to start a guinea pig rescue in the Atlanta area since the previous one had recently closed down. He saw a need and decided to be the one to fill it.
Happy to meet someone so excited about rescue, we gave him a tour of our Shelter and were extremely proud to introduce him to our special buddy, Howard. Howard happened to be our resident bun Ali's best friend....he also happened to be a...guinea pig. Thomas left that day with hope and a friend and partner in GHRS.
A few days after we met, Thomas and his amazing wife offered to pick up a bun from Dekalb Animal Control for us. Webster may have arrived at our Shelter that day, but he had already found his home. Before they left that day, they committed to adopt him. A few months later, Webster chose a wife.

We are so happy that we found a friend that fateful day who shares our commitment to rescue. Join us in congratulating and supporting the wonderful organization that is Oakhurst Guinea Pig Rescue. www.ogpr.org

(By the way, pictured below are Thomas's bun family members...meet Webster and his lovely lady, Loa.)
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Thanks for sharing! This is great news!

We wanted to talk about a fairly common, yet very serious, health issue that your pet rabbit may face... which is gastrointestinal stasis (Rabbit GI Stasis). It is a potentially deadly condition in which the digestive system slows down or stops completely.

This causes bad bacteria to build up in the intestines and releases gas into the system, causing very painful bloating and further decreasing a rabbit’s motivation to eat or drink. This compounds the problem because the rabbit will become more dehydrated and starved of essential nutrients.

The bacteria can also release toxins into the system which overtax the liver and can cause it to ultimately fail.

CAUSES

The slowdown of the digestive system can be caused by:

- Pain from underlying issues (dental problems like molar spurs, urinary tract infections, gas)
- A high starch, low fiber diet
- Stress (from losing a bonded mate, a change in environment, etc.)
- Molting & hairball buildup
- Lack of exercise

WARNING SIGNS

If your rabbit is demonstrating any of these symptoms of GI stasis, bring him/her to a rabbit-savvy vet (like @WindwardAnimalHospital ) immediately:

- Small and/or malformed fecal pellets
- No fecal pellets
- Loss of appetite
- Lethargy / hunched posture

TREATMENT

When you bring your rabbit to us, we will try to determine the cause of the slowdown. If there is an underlying condition, it is imperative to address it quickly. X-rays are necessary to assess the blockage and the presence of gas. (Please note: X-Rays are not included in the price of an office visit.) If our vet has determined that the best course of treatment is to stimulate motility in the gut, we may administer the following:

- Motility drugs (like cisapride or metoclopramide) which help stimulate movement in the digestive system
- IV fluids which help soften the mass in the intestines
- Pain medication to alleviate discomfort due to gas buildup
- Syringe feeding of Critical Care to ensure the rabbit continues to get essential nutrients
- Antibiotics to combat the overgrowth of harmful bacteria (used with extreme caution because antibiotics can also disrupt the presence of good, essential bacteria in the digestive system)

It is also important to provide plenty of fresh hay and greens for the rabbit should he/she get the urge to eat. Providing particularly fragrant greens, like cilantro, may help entice a rabbit who is not overly eager to eat.

With these treatments, time, and patience, a rabbit suffering from GI stasis can make a full recovery. But it is important to recognize the symptoms early and quickly get him/her to us for treatment.

PREVENTION

There are several measures you can take to help prevent the occurrence of GI stasis. First, ensure your rabbit is getting a proper, hay-based diet. . A hay-based diet is essential not only because it provides the fiber necessary to keep the digestive system moving, it also helps wear down a rabbit’s teeth which paves the way for better dental health. 75% of their diet has to be HAY!

HINT: A great way to assure your rabbit is eating is to offer a treat daily. As an example: Papaya or Unsulfered Pineapple, Probios Cookies, etc. This will enable you to get a jump on treatment before it is a major problem.

We suggest to always keep baby gas relief drops on hand.

Another way to prevent this condition is to bring your rabbit in for regular veterinary checkups. After examining your rabbit, we may be able to detect any underlying health issues that your rabbit has successfully hidden from you, such as infections or dental problems.

Third, evaluate your rabbit’s living space. Rabbits need plenty of room to exercise in a bunny-proofed or supervised area. They do best when they are included in family life, but they are prone to high stress levels when there are major changes to their environment and routine. So do your best to create a happy, healthy environment for your bunny.

#rabbitvetclinic #johnscreekvet #johnscreekrabbit #alpharettarabbit #rabbitclinic #rabbitvet #cummingrabbitclinic

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Call us at (770)569-7298
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We wanted to talk about a fairly common, yet very serious, health issue that your pet rabbit may face... which is gastrointestinal stasis (Rabbit GI Stasis). It is a potentially deadly condition in which the digestive system slows down or stops completely.

This causes bad bacteria to build up in the intestines and releases gas into the system, causing very painful bloating and further decreasing a rabbit’s motivation to eat or drink. This compounds the problem because the rabbit will become more dehydrated and starved of essential nutrients.

The bacteria can also release toxins into the system which overtax the liver and can cause it to ultimately fail.

CAUSES

The slowdown of the digestive system can be caused by:

- Pain from underlying issues (dental problems like molar spurs, urinary tract infections, gas)
- A high starch, low fiber diet
- Stress (from losing a bonded mate, a change in environment, etc.)
- Molting & hairball buildup
- Lack of exercise

WARNING SIGNS

If your rabbit is demonstrating any of these symptoms of GI stasis, bring him/her to a rabbit-savvy vet (like @WindwardAnimalHospital ) immediately:

- Small and/or malformed fecal pellets
- No fecal pellets
- Loss of appetite
- Lethargy / hunched posture

TREATMENT

When you bring your rabbit to us, we will try to determine the cause of the slowdown. If there is an underlying condition, it is imperative to address it quickly. X-rays are necessary to assess the blockage and the presence of gas. (Please note: X-Rays are not included in the price of an office visit.) If our vet has determined that the best course of treatment is to stimulate motility in the gut, we may administer the following:

- Motility drugs (like cisapride or metoclopramide) which help stimulate movement in the digestive system
- IV fluids which help soften the mass in the intestines
- Pain medication to alleviate discomfort due to gas buildup
- Syringe feeding of Critical Care to ensure the rabbit continues to get essential nutrients
- Antibiotics to combat the overgrowth of harmful bacteria (used with extreme caution because antibiotics can also disrupt the presence of good, essential bacteria in the digestive system)

It is also important to provide plenty of fresh hay and greens for the rabbit should he/she get the urge to eat. Providing particularly fragrant greens, like cilantro, may help entice a rabbit who is not overly eager to eat.

With these treatments, time, and patience, a rabbit suffering from GI stasis can make a full recovery. But it is important to recognize the symptoms early and quickly get him/her to us for treatment.

PREVENTION

There are several measures you can take to help prevent the occurrence of GI stasis. First, ensure your rabbit is getting a proper, hay-based diet. . A hay-based diet is essential not only because it provides the fiber necessary to keep the digestive system moving, it also helps wear down a rabbit’s teeth which paves the way for better dental health. 75% of their diet has to be HAY!

HINT: A great way to assure your rabbit is eating is to offer a treat daily. As an example: Papaya or Unsulfered Pineapple, Probios Cookies, etc. This will enable you to get a jump on treatment before it is a major problem.

We suggest to always keep baby gas relief drops on hand. 

Another way to prevent this condition is to bring your rabbit in for regular veterinary checkups. After examining your rabbit, we may be able to detect any underlying health issues that your rabbit has successfully hidden from you, such as infections or dental problems.

Third, evaluate your rabbit’s living space. Rabbits need plenty of room to exercise in a bunny-proofed or supervised area. They do best when they are included in family life, but they are prone to high stress levels when there are major changes to their environment and routine. So do your best to create a happy, healthy environment for your bunny.

#rabbitvetclinic #johnscreekvet #johnscreekrabbit #alpharettarabbit #rabbitclinic #rabbitvet #cummingrabbitclinic

http://windwardanimalhospital.com

Call us at (770)569-7298
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