The objective of this educational resource is to empower owners on how best to care for their senior or geriatric rabbits. The reader will learn how to ensure common geriatric conditions do not become a welfare concern for their pet. The goal is not to “cure” but rather manage geriatric diseases, such as cataracts, arthritis, and even cognitive decline.
Quality-of-life questionnaires are an excellent tool for the veterinary team. This questionnaire can be completed in the waiting room or during consultation with a veterinary nurse. Use of a comprehensive history form paired with this quality-of-life questionnaire can greatly assist in beginning difficult conversations with owners of senior pets and managing geriatric patients. Many age-related […]
An in-depth clinical history can assist in providing the information needed for a successful treatment plan. Use this questionnaire to obtain a complete and thorough clinical history of your rabbit patient. If the pet rabbit is older, pair this form with the senior rabbit questionnaire, which is intended to evaluate quality of life. These forms can be completed in the waiting room or during consultation with a veterinary nurse.
Chloe McMenamin is a lecturer of Applied Animal Health in the veterinary nursing department of Unitec Institute of Technology, which is part of Te Pūkenga Aotearoa New Zealand. Chloe earned a Bachelor of Science in veterinary nursing from University College Dublin, then came to Aotearoa New Zealand to work as an exotic and wildlife veterinary nurse.