Rabbit Health

  "Hello, Rabbit," he said, "is that you?"

             "Let's pretend it isn't," said Rabbit, "and see what happens."

A A Milne                  

 

Vaccination

To give your rabbit protection, we recommend that it is vaccinated against Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD).  A single injection is given once a year to provide cover for rabbits from six weeks old.                    

Rabbit Husbandry

Flies can be a persistent problem around rabbits and hutches and are responsible for a distressing condition called 'flystrike'.  Flies attracted by droppings and soiled bedding in the hutch, lay their eggs, which then hatch into maggots.  If left unchecked the flesh-eating maggots can burrow inside, which around your rabbit can prove fatal.  Check your rabbit every day to ensure it is clean, particularly around the tail area and clear out the hutch daily.

Your rabbit should have enough room in it's hutch for at least three clear hops and be provided with a separate area for sleeping and resting in.  Place your hutch out of direct sunlight and provide a run for exercise and enjoyment.

Dental Care

Rabbits teeth can become overgrown or misaligned.  A good diet providing plenty of roughage will help keep their teeth trim.  However some rabbits teeth can be predisposed to misalignment and in these cases, a simple procedure to have their teeth regularly clipped or burred can be done here in the clinic.

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Feeding

It is important to feed a balanced diet to keep a healthy digestion and avoid loose droppings.  A good quality rabbit mix and hay, is ideal along with access to fresh water.  Carrot tops and cabbage should only be fed once or twice a week.  Salad, such as lettuce, cucumber and tomato, is not recommended as their water content is too high for rabbits and is of no nutrional value for them.

Neutering

Rabbits tend to be happier, healthier and calmer when they are neutered.  The procedure is a day visit in the clinic and can be carried out from four months old.  We provide full details on post-operative care and will be pleased to answer any questions you may have beforehand.

Toys

It is important to keep your rabbit active; giving them toys to play with is a great way to keep them exercised and keeps boredom at bay!  Good quality toys are ideal, but rabbits will also enjoy large tubes to crawl through and paper bags (no handles) which can be filled with hay.  If in doubt about what is safe please just give us a call for advice.

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