May 31, 2018

Which Supplement is Best? Papaya, Digestive, or Both?

Which Supplement is Best? Papaya, Digestive, or Both?

Pet parents often ask which digestive supplement is right for their pet.  Digestive Support?  Papaya Support?  Both?  The reality is that both of Natural Science Digestive Support and Papaya Support can work together to synergistically support digestive health in rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and other small pets.  Some pet parents may find that one of these supplements provides the right amount of support for their pet, while others may find that offering both products simultaneously provides an ideal level of digestive support. 

Natural Science Digestive Support is custom formulated for pets with GI sensitivity infection or a history of gastric problems.  Key ingredients include chicory root, ginger root, and fenugreek seed.  Papaya Support promotes overall digestive health in small animals with the aid of ingredients such as papaya, pineapple, papain, bromelain, and timothy grass. 

It’s important for all pet parents to remember that no supplement is intended as a cure or stand-alone treatment for any specific illness or disease.  Always be sure to consult your veterinarian before adding supplements to your pet’s diet, and always follow specific product directions.

Happy Digestive Health to all of our furry friends!

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May 31, 2018

Do Rabbits Have Allergies?

Do Rabbits Have Allergies?

My bunny LuLu sneezes a lot around hay. Can she be allergic to the hay? This happens a lot every day.
- Elizabeth G.

Hello! Just like their human counterparts, rabbits may experience allergies but in my experience, we don’t see true allergies in exotic companion mammals as often as other species like dogs. I would recommend trying a different variety of hay to see if there is any change, but remember that you need to take some time between changes to truly validate if it makes a difference. Also, we know that hays naturally vary in terms of their moisture which would, in turn, have some impact on the dust the hay naturally produces as it is handled. I have had some owners try to open the box of hay outside and fluff it up gently before moving it to a plastic storage container and back inside. I have also heard of very lightly misting the hay prior to feeding to keep the dust down if that is what we feel is truly your little one’s sensitivity. I’d also recommend looking at Oxbow’s Harvest Stacks. They’re compressed hay stacks that contain less dust. This may help your little one. Lastly, I would work with your veterinarian to complete a thorough physical examination that should likely include an in-depth oral examination and potentially nasal rads. Upper airway disease, which commonly leads to sneezing as rabbit are obligate nasal breathers, is sadly quite common and often associated with a bacterial infection. The common term for this is snuffles but it can mean a variety of things. Hopefully, some of that information helps!
- Dr. Micah Kohles

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May 02, 2018

Introducing The 2018 Oxbow Scholarship Winners!

Oxbow's Academic Scholarships award annual financial support to five outstanding students pursuing education in the exotic and companion animal veterinary fields.

Oxbow scholarship winners are chosen for interest and involvement in the field of exotic animal health, excellence in the areas of academic achievement, and expression of future career goals and interests.

This year’s scholarship winners are:

• Carin Mellick - Ponca Public Schools (Ponca, NE)
Nebraska High School Scholarship

• Ellie Purpura - University of California, Davis (Davis, CA)
Undergraduate Academic Scholarship

• Alicia Blose - Jefferson College (Hillsboro, MO)
Veterinary Technology Academic Scholarship

• Annabelle Hernandez - Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
Veterinary Technology Academic Scholarship

• Brittany Wolfe - Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (Blacksburg, VA)
Veterinary Medicine Academic Scholarship

“The Oxbow family is passionate about supporting the future of exotic animal health,” said Melissa Ross, Oxbow’s Vice President of Marketing, Education and Innovation. “One of the most important ways that we support this future is through our annual academic scholarships. The 2018 Oxbow Academic Scholarship recipients represent a very bright future for exotic health, medicine and care. We are proud to support these students as they work toward becoming tomorrow’s leaders in exotic animal health.”

“I truly can’t thank you enough for this scholarship,” said Brittany Wolfe, recipient of the 2018 Oxbow Veterinary Medicine Scholarship. “It means so much to me, especially after the recent loss of my pet rat. She was the inspiration for my essay because she showed me the true struggle so many of us face in exotic animal medicine. Because of her I want to improve evidence and research for veterinarians trying to help our exotic species. I see a bright future for all species as veterinarians together continue to learn, discover, and inspire.”

“Being chosen as a 2018 recipient for the Veterinary Technology Academic Scholarship has been a true blessing,” said Annabelle Hernadez. “With your support, I am able to advance my education in this profession and continue learning what I love most without having to be concerned regarding the cost of paying for school. I will represent the Oxbow Scholarship Program with high honor and properly educate the public about animal health to help create a better future for our loyal companions. Thank you for awarding me with this opportunity! Go green!”

“I am honored to receive the 2018 Nebraska High School Scholarship from Oxbow Animal Health,” said Carin Mellick, recipient of the 2018 Nebraska High School scholarship. “Thanks to your generous support I am the first in my family to attend college. I begin my undergraduate career as a freshman at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln this fall and can already report that my academics are off to a first-rate start. Thank you, Oxbow, for supporting my higher education.”

“All I’ve ever wanted to do is advocate for animals without a voice, and this scholarship means I’m better equipped to do that,” said Ellie Purpura, 2018 Oxbow Undergraduate Scholarship recipient. “Put simply, Oxbow is helping me to help them, and I am eternally grateful for your support.”

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