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Lake Howell Animal Clinic

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Primary Location
856 Lake Howell Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Phone: (407) 628-8000
Fax: (407) 628-8412

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday7:00am6:00pm
Tuesday7:00am6:00pm
Wednesday7:00am1:00pm
Thursday7:00am6:00pm
Friday7:00am6:00pm
Saturday8:00am1:00pm
SundayClosedClosed
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Understanding how the rabbit cools itself helps us to provide the most comfortable environment for our rabbit in hot, humid weather and helps to prevent heat stress. Aged, overweight and pregnant rabbits are most susceptible to heat prostration.

Symptoms include:

  • Rabbit stretched out and panting

  • Moisture around face and/or drooling

  • Bloody discharge from mouth/nose

  • Enlarged blood vessels in ears and mouth turning blue

Eighty percent of heat dissipation in rabbits occurs through the evaporation of moisture during respiration (breathing). Fans help this cooling process by speeding evaporation. Cooling also occurs through nasal mucosa (by air passing over mucous membranes). The ears are also important for cooling as the blood moves to the farthest (coolest) points away from the body core. The rabbit will also stretch its body out as far as possible to cool through radiation/convection. Rabbits do not have many functional sweat glands; so only lose a small amount of moisture through the skin due to perspiration. The rabbit’s fur further inhibits the process of the rabbit being able to cool itself by evaporation of moisture from the skin.

Temperatures approaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit can be dangerous to rabbits, and temperatures in the 80’s can also be a concern if the humidity is high. Rabbits should never be placed in full sun.

If you have a rabbit showing signs of heat stress, move it too a cool area and place a fan nearby to create a gentle breeze, then contact your vet immediately. In advanced cases, your vet may recommend cooling the bun with tepid (not cold) water, as well as the administration of electrolytes.

The best way to assure a rabbit does not suffer from heat stress is to make him or her a permanent indoor member of the family. Housing your bun in your air-conditioned home will keep him safe from heat stress and allow you to fully enjoy these very social creatures.

Orlando Diaz-Figueroa, DVM, MS, Dipl. ABVP (Avian Specialty)

Veterinary Services

Welcome to Lake Howell Animal Clinic

"Your pet’s health and well-being is our number one concern."

Your Dog, Cat, and Exotics Veterinarian in Maitland, FL
Call us at (407) 628-8000

Veterinary Services:
  • Medical Care

  • Dental Care

  • Orthopedics

  • Surgery

  • Spay/Neuter

  • Critical Care

  • Vaccinations

  • Boarding

  • Diet & Nutrition

  • Referrals

  • Education

Services We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Learn more about all the services we provide. Make An Appointment We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule. Schedule an appointment today! Online Forms Our patient forms are available online so they can be completed in the convenience of your own home or office.

Testimonial

We like the knowledge of both Dr.Diaz and Dr.Perez so much- we moved from another clinic we had been with for ten years. I highly recommend them both.

- Robin L. / Maitland, FL

I can say with much certainty that not many will do what you (Dr.Diaz) did for me. Not many are out there who have so much benevolence in their heart to help out others, particularly in the medical profession. My heart is filled with thankfulness towards you. I would also like to thank your staff which is equally as loving and caring. They showed tremedous sensitivity towards me and dealt with me in kindness.

- Vijai T. / Maitland, FL

Dr Perez has been the vet for my 3 dogs for over 5 years and I can't say enough good things about her care and the well being she has for my pups. Nancy is also very knowledgeable and wonderful. She takes the time needed to answer all my questions and gives me the best course of action when they're ill.

- Janis L. / Orlando, FL

Office Hours

WE ARE CLOSED FROM 12:00PM - 1:30PM ON MONDAYS, TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS. DROP OFF AND PICK UP FOR OUR BOARDING FACILITY NO LATER THAN 5:00PM ON MONDAYS, TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS AND NO LATER THAN 12:00PM ON WEDNESDAYS AND SATURDAYS.  
DayMorningAfternoon
Monday7:00am6:00pm
Tuesday7:00am6:00pm
Wednesday7:00am1:00pm
Thursday7:00am6:00pm
Friday7:00am6:00pm
Saturday8:00am1:00pm
SundayClosedClosed

4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY HOURS

Lake Howell Animal Clinic will be CLOSED on Wednesday, July 4 and Thursday, July 5. We will open again on Friday, July 6 from 7am-6pm.

If you have an emergency with your pet, please contact the Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Casselberry at 407-644-4449.

Contact

  • (407) 628-8000
  • 856 Lake Howell Road Maitland, FL 32751
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