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Page updated - 10 March 2005

Contact Details:

Simon Bailey. Ardmore Veterinary Group, 57 Cornard Road, Sudbury, Suffolk. CO10 2XB

Tel: (01787) 372588.     Visit the Ardmore Vets Website

Cornard News - This advice was previously published in Cornard News

2002 Spring

Issue 09

2002 Summer

Issue 10

2002 Autumn

Issue 11


During the warmer weather there are a few diseases in rabbits that can easily be avoided.  A condition commonly seen is called ‘Blowfly Strike’ (or maggot infestation) is caused by flies laying their eggs on the skin of rabbits. The eggs hatch and the maggots eat away at the skin and flesh of the rabbit.  This is painful and can be life threatening if severe enough.  Rabbits at the highest risk are those that suffer from obesity, dental disease, diarhoea, skin wounds and poor hygiene e.g. dirty hutches; as these factors will attract flies.  Effective prevention involves regular cleaning and checking of your rabbit and it’s environment, and the use of fly repellant or medications which prevent maggots developing if the eggs are laid.

Another common disease at its peak in early autumn is Myxomatosis, which is common in wild and domestic rabbits.  The virus which causes the disease is spread by blood sucking insects, and if a rabbit is infected it’s chances of survival are relatively low.  The good news is prevention is available by combining effective insect control with a vaccination given every 6 months.

For more information on any veterinary related topic, or any questions for discussion in future editions please write to me at Ardmore Veterinary Group.

Simon Bailey

2002 Winter

Issue 12


If ever your pet has strayed or been lost, you know how traumatic and worrying it can be, but what if when they were found they could not be identified and returned safely. It is a problem which does occur but there is now available a means of permanent identification supported by all major animal charities, local authorities and the Police to solve this problem.  It is called an identichip and is the size of a grain of rice that is placed under the skin of the neck in cats and dogs, and is simple and easy to perform with your pet conscious. The identichip when scanned using a handheld scanner reads the number carried by the chip that is unique to the animal.  The number is stored against the details of the registered owner and so they can quickly and easily be contacted and re-united with their pet.

Many people have commented that they use a collar and tag, and I agree that these are important but they can easily be removed or lost.   The other good news is that because over 750,000 pets are now identichipped the cost has reduced considerably and made it a more realistic means of permanent identification

It is also worth mentioning that identichips are an essential requirement for the Pet Travel Scheme (also called pet passport) and for those of you considering taking your pet away next year in the E.U. and are wanting a pet passport to negate quarantine it is worth remembering the process will take at least 7 months to complete and allow travel.

For more information on any veterinary related topic, or for any questions for discussion in future editions please write to me at Ardmore Veterinary Group.

Simon Bailey