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joey&boo
28-05-2015, 04:01 PM
Am taking our new girl, Mouse, to the vets this evening (for her vaccinations & health check). Both my other bunnies were already microchipped when I adopted them & I'm considering asking the vets to do Mouse. However I'm not sure the timing is right. Does anyone know about the actual process, whether it is painful etc? Any idea of cost would be useful too.

Are your bunnies micro-chipped?

FredW
28-05-2015, 04:15 PM
I asked the vet and our rescue place about this before, and both say it's kinda pointless unless your bunnies could escape, or be stolen. it doesn't hurt them from what I was told, but while our vet would do it, she herself said she thinks it's pointless, and she got rabbits herself. so I didn't bother. will mouse be indoors or outdoors? indoors there is even less need for it.

JemimaH
28-05-2015, 04:17 PM
Nope - don't see the point, if I'm honest! Alf (my bunny) lives inside so the likelihood of him escaping or being stolen is very, very slim.

tabithakat64
28-05-2015, 04:18 PM
Yup, just in case they escaped, were let out, or stolen

joey&boo
28-05-2015, 04:19 PM
They are mainly indoor but will have some free range garden time when they are "ready" (currently bonding them). Boo was found as a stray so I'm erring towards getting it done it's just a matter of when

joey&boo
28-05-2015, 04:21 PM
Thanks every one


Yup, just in case they escaped, were let out, or stolen

Have your bunnies coped fine with the actual proceedure?

joey&boo
28-05-2015, 04:21 PM
Thanks every one


Yup, just in case they escaped, were let out, or stolen

Have your bunnies coped fine with the actual proceedure?

Shrinkie
28-05-2015, 04:27 PM
Mines is chipped from previous owner though i lost the paperwork and nedd to get nee one to change details

Bunny Buddy
28-05-2015, 04:35 PM
Yup. I've had mine done over the course of the last 18 months, and it's like Fort Knox here:lol:. I decided to get them done so each time one was due for a vaccination or *other* they were also chipped. FHB did most of them and said that there's not a lot of nerve endings in the part of the scruff where it's done (by way of reassurance that even though the needle looks big it won't felt so intensely).

Cost was about 15 or 16 ish.

Edit to add: When Betsy and Benji were at the vets when Benji was poorly the vet commented on their similar appearance and said we will have to make sure we medicate the right one - is there a really easy way to tell them apart? I said that they were microchipped so that would be failsafe :thumb:

William
28-05-2015, 04:40 PM
No, mine are indoors so I wouldn't. I wouldn't get any of my pets microchipped unless there was a good reason to because chips can migrate and also whether or not they can cause cancer hasnt yet been ruled out. Chances of it are probably slim, but still.

for me there would either have to be a high risk of escaping or thief. Ive considered it for a couple of my cats that are bad about hanging around doors and if they slipped out they would, through fear, turn back into feral cats (therefore they're more at risk of just being considered a feral instead of someone's pet) and I've also considered it for certain future exotic mammals in case they somehow escaped or were stolen. And also if I had a dog that was bad about escaping e.g. most spitz breeds have very poor recall and will run off if they get the chance. So for these animals I may chip them but in most other situations I wouldn't.

joey&boo
28-05-2015, 04:45 PM
Yup. I've had mine done over the course of the last 18 months, and it's like Fort Knox here:lol:. I decided to get them done so each time one was due for a vaccination or *other* they were also chipped. FHB did most of them and said that there's not a lot of nerve endings in the part of the scruff where it's done (by way of reassurance that even though the needle looks big it won't felt so intensely).

Cost was about 15 or 16 ish.

Thanks BunnyBuddy. It sounds like its worth doing today then if its not painful. They are off to a local vet :oops: - I didn't want to stress them out with a long trip to harrogate & since it's just vaccinations. This will give me a further opportunity to ascertain their rabbit savvyness, I've already interogated them by phone:lol: Got some of that hay you recommended - thank you

Bunny Buddy
28-05-2015, 04:50 PM
Thanks BunnyBuddy. It sounds like its worth doing today then if its not painful. They are off to a local vet :oops: - I didn't want to stress them out with a long trip to harrogate & since it's just vaccinations. This will give me a further opportunity to ascertain their rabbit savvyness, I've already interogated them by phone:lol: Got some of that hay you recommended - thank you

Always interesting. If they are deeply shocked that you want to invest money on a microchip for a rabbit then back away gracefully ;)

tabithakat64
28-05-2015, 05:02 PM
Yup they've been fine, it's me that winces for them.

joey&boo
28-05-2015, 05:02 PM
Always interesting. If they are deeply shocked that you want to invest money on a microchip for a rabbit then back away gracefully ;)

:lol: I certainly will. They wanted past vet details when I registered them just now & I was almost tempted to refuse for Joey & Boo for the shame of having an inferior vet on their crab lane records :oops: Obviously I'd have not hesitated if they'd had treatment at Crab Lane but so far its been just health checks, jabs & stop overs to keep poorly Noodle company. They have a separate hospitalisation area for buns & made some of the right noises but we'll see.

As they all have to accompany Mouse this evening I can't decide whether it's too risky to pop them all in the carrier together??They travelled that way from Camp Nibble but Boo is still re-earning my trust around Mouse

joey&boo
28-05-2015, 05:03 PM
Yup they've been fine, it's me that winces for them.


:lol: I'm not going to look

steph182
28-05-2015, 05:06 PM
Nope mine aren't done. They're indoors, upstairs in my bedroom in a pen and my bedroom door is always closed so the odds of them escaping are slim.

If they ever get put outside (unlikely!) then I'd get them done just in case.

HelenSB
28-05-2015, 05:18 PM
Yes Mr Higgins was micro chipped when he was neutered so he wouldn't have felt a thing. He's an indoor rabbit now and is in a run when he's outside but as it was only 10 I thought I might as well get it done. The chance of him escaping or being stolen is very low but if either was the happen he has got the chip.

dumblepaws
28-05-2015, 05:48 PM
Yes - again just in case
And it was no worse than a vaccination - neither bun seemed bothered

joey&boo
28-05-2015, 07:17 PM
She's microchipped :) although the vet said she wasn't sure about doing it as she said Mouse was "flighty" . Huh. There was no towel on the consulting room table or scales so she was obviously insecure / flighty. Vet also very amused we took all buns even though 2 didn't need seeing. Health check didn't even include looking at ears or rear end just a peer under her gum to declare her teeth healthy & listened to her heart. I consider this disgraceful as I told her of Mouse's history of past exposure to EC & recent-ish head tilt. So I'll not be back to that vets & am considering writing to them to say why. Grrrrr

Bunny Buddy
28-05-2015, 07:22 PM
:( *Sigh*. How disappointing. Most rabbits owners wouldn't have known any of that was a problem but it just shows how inadequate a lot of the care is out there when a rabbit-savvy owner is observing the examination and knows how it should be done.

Disgraceful. Shortly after I joined RU Esme was given the myxi vaccination by a local vet and the vet had the vaccination on the table ready as we went in and was in the process of asking me if Esme was well whilst giving the vaccination. THEN did a cursory health check. I don't think she administered the 10% part of the vaccine properly either. Needless to say that vet never got to meet any of my rabbits again. So disappointed for you.

Shrinkie
28-05-2015, 07:28 PM
I'm sorry to hear that the vet was so...off and lacking. If I were you I'd prolly be the same and be tempted to let them know that I was underwhelmed by the service because they missed out some essential elements of a basic health check.

Fluffybunny54
28-05-2015, 07:36 PM
My rspca buns are all done as a matter of course. Presumably it helps just in case your bunny ends up back at the rescue. We had our parrots done years ago. I think it's a brilliant idea. Gives me peace of mind. Apparently the chip is no bigger than a grain of rice. Just keep the paperwork up to date if you move! Also, every time we go to our vet I take a towel to put bun on when on the table as bunnies slide about with their furry feet.

joey&boo
28-05-2015, 07:45 PM
Thanks all - I'm used to vets providing the towel, not to do so stinks of not understanding bunnies on a practical level at all. I will write a letter & I shall use your fitting term "underwhelmed". I'm not a complainer by nature but with bunnies I'm a bit more assertive

tlcwrites
28-05-2015, 07:53 PM
Mine are all microchipped too. Elphie and Galinda were fine with it. Athena, I didn't see her getting done.

But Zara, the cat, she was a terror when she had hers done. But she's epileptic so it's especially important for her, imo. The other cats are chipped too though. All just in case. :)

lenslady
28-05-2015, 07:57 PM
I will not be microchipping mine as they are indoors but if they were outside Buns I probably would consider it, especially if left in runs in the garden. I don't see the point if they are indoor Buns. xx

Liz47
28-05-2015, 08:10 PM
Sorry you weren't very happy with your vet joey&boo, I hope you manage to find another if that's what you're looking for.


:( *Sigh*. How disappointing. Most rabbits owners wouldn't have known any of that was a problem but it just shows how inadequate a lot of the care is out there when a rabbit-savvy owner is observing the examination and knows how it should be done.

Disgraceful. Shortly after I joined RU Esme was given the myxi vaccination by a local vet and the vet had the vaccination on the table ready as we went in and was in the process of asking me if Esme was well whilst giving the vaccination. THEN did a cursory health check. I don't think she administered the 10% part of the vaccine properly either. Needless to say that vet never got to meet any of my rabbits again. So disappointed for you.

Sorry to hijack the thread a bit but I had a similar experience recently with Beano and Gordon. They both went in for their booster and the vet asked me absolutely nothing, nothing about diet, behaviour, care etc. I got Beano out of the carrier first and put her on the scales myself, she is a bit of a pain at the vets so I said she might be a bit nippy and I this seemed to 'scare' the vet who didn't hold her correctly so she struggled and the vets way of trying to calm her was really roughly scratching behind her ears, I said Beano wasn't keen on strokes there and she was nearly flattening herself out to get away from the vets grip :( After this she didn't check her heart, bum, ears or nothing and gave the injection straight into her neck so I don't think she did the part which goes under the skin either? Gordon is a lot easier to handle at the vets so she did give him a very brief check of his ears and eyes but that was it and the same with the injection. Wondering whether I should move to a different practice now as I had a bad experience with this vet with my ratties as well.

joey&boo
28-05-2015, 08:19 PM
Sorry you weren't very happy with your vet joey&boo, I hope you manage to find another if that's what you're looking for.



Sorry to hijack the thread a bit but I had a similar experience recently with Beano and Gordon. They both went in for their booster and the vet asked me absolutely nothing, nothing about diet, behaviour, care etc. I got Beano out of the carrier first and put her on the scales myself, she is a bit of a pain at the vets so I said she might be a bit nippy and I this seemed to 'scare' the vet who didn't hold her correctly so she struggled and the vets way of trying to calm her was really roughly scratching behind her ears, I said Beano wasn't keen on strokes there and she was nearly flattening herself out to get away from the vets grip :( After this she didn't check her heart, bum, ears or nothing and gave the injection straight into her neck so I don't think she did the part which goes under the skin either? Gordon is a lot easier to handle at the vets so she did give him a very brief check of his ears and eyes but that was it and the same with the injection. Wondering whether I should move to a different practice now as I had a bad experience with this vet with my ratties as well.

I reckon we should go on our instincts as much as anything else. If they can't handle a rabbit its a pretty poor start. Luckily I am very happy with my longer distance vet. If only I could teleport

mini lop1
28-05-2015, 08:20 PM
Mabel is yes, and Sox was, it was just like an injection other in second , I think the cost roughly is about 12 however sometimes offers are on, and worth checking local rspca events
another point Mabel was micro chipped when she was about 6 months old, after reading stories about migrating microchips in dogs on a vet facebook page, I asked my vet to double check my rabbits last year, and thinking they would be fine it rare, and what happens Mabel only had to become first to have a microchip that had migrated, it doesn't harm them, they tried scanning for ages even using different scanners, so Mabel was given a brand new micro chip :lol:
I know she is a house bun, and has supervised time outdoors, I do not trust anyone round here, so just for my peace of mind

Liz47
28-05-2015, 08:22 PM
I reckon we should go on our instincts as much as anything else. If they can't handle a rabbit its a pretty poor start. Luckily I am very happy with my longer distance vet. If only I could teleport

Yeah, Jake is registered at vets4pets which is different to Beano and Gordon (aire vets) as we adopted him that's where we could use his neuter and vaccine vouchers and we have been very impressed with them and their rabbit knowledge so thinking of taking Beano and Gordon there instead but it is longer distance and I don't drive so it's either a taxi or two bus rides. We do need that teleport haha!

Bunny Buddy
28-05-2015, 08:51 PM
Sorry to hijack the thread a bit but I had a similar experience recently with Beano and Gordon. They both went in for their booster and the vet asked me absolutely nothing, nothing about diet, behaviour, care etc. I got Beano out of the carrier first and put her on the scales myself, she is a bit of a pain at the vets so I said she might be a bit nippy and I this seemed to 'scare' the vet who didn't hold her correctly so she struggled and the vets way of trying to calm her was really roughly scratching behind her ears, I said Beano wasn't keen on strokes there and she was nearly flattening herself out to get away from the vets grip :( After this she didn't check her heart, bum, ears or nothing and gave the injection straight into her neck so I don't think she did the part which goes under the skin either? Gordon is a lot easier to handle at the vets so she did give him a very brief check of his ears and eyes but that was it and the same with the injection. Wondering whether I should move to a different practice now as I had a bad experience with this vet with my ratties as well.

If this was recently then the part of the injection under the skin doesn't apply anymore with the combined vaccine, that was just with the previous myxi vaccination, so hopefully you won't need to worry about that aspect.

Liz47
28-05-2015, 09:02 PM
If this was recently then the part of the injection under the skin doesn't apply anymore with the combined vaccine, that was just with the previous myxi vaccination, so hopefully you won't need to worry about that aspect.

Ah thank you, I wasn't sure whether it still applied with the combined vaccine!

keletkezes
29-05-2015, 10:48 AM
Lopsy's not: vet did ask about it and regale me with the benefits as befits a rabbit-savvy vet but where we live (the industrial estate), if he did get out it'd be instant lorry-death, canal drowning (possibly aided by vicious coots) or one of the neighbours would hand him back :) If we lived somewhere more residential or suburban, I probably would have!