Rabbit Health

Keeping your Rabbit Safe

Rabbit Health

Insurance

Rabbits can be costly when it comes to providing them with veterinary treatment. Advances in veterinary medicine mean your vet can do morefor your pet but treatment can be expensive.

Identichipping

Rabbits can burrow and escape from your garden. If your rabbit is fitted with an identichip it helps us to get him home to you much faster.

Teeth

Rabbits teeth continually grow. If your rabbit is not wearing his teeth down naturally they will become too long causing problems such as abscesses, blocked tear
ducts and mouth ulcers. Symptoms of dental problems include: Not eating, drooling, swellings of the face and weight loss.

Nails

In the wild rabbits would dig and burrow and file their nails down. Domestic rabbits require their nails to be clipped.

Nutrition

Your rabbit is a fibrevore. This means he requires fibre in his diet. The bulk of fibre your rabbit eats comes from roughage, such as Hay and Grass. This should form the majority of your rabbit’s diet. Not only does roughage improve your rabbits digestive health it also helps wear down teeth. Avoid Muesli style food, as rabbits selectively eat certain parts of it, and it has generally little fibre. Fresh water must always be available.

Neutering

Rabbits can become sexually mature from 4 months old. Neutering females prevents unwanted pregnancies and eliminates cancer of the uterus.

Did you know  Castrated male rabbits can remain fertile for four weeks after castration? so always keep newly castrated male rabbits away from females during this period.

Vaccination

The two great risks to your rabbit is VHD (Viral Haemorrhagic Disease)and Myxomatosis. Fortunately we can vaccinate your pet to offer immunity which is the best prevention against these diseases.

Myxomatosis: All breeds of rabbits can be infected even house rabbits. Myxomatosis is spread by blood-sucking insects such as rabbit flea’s and mosquitoes. A small amount of live virus is placed in the skin as the insects sucks blood.

Symptoms: A puffy face, fluid filled swellings, within a day or so these swellings can come so severe that they can cause blindness.

VHD: Spread by directcontact between rabbits (both wild and domestic), and by indirect contact such as people, clothing, shoes etc.

Symptoms: Collapse, difficulty breathing, convulsions and high body temperature.

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