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Health for Rabbits

Every animal needs individual care. Many animal lovers find this a challenge, but there's no need to worry. Proper care is easy when you know what to do...

 

Learn more about Rabbit health by clicking on a topic from the list below:

 

What should I look for when selecting a rabbit as a pet?

Rabbits can be bought from pet stores or through breeders. When choosing your new pet, there are certain things you should look out for.

 

A comprehensive guide to your rabbit's health and welfare

What should I look for when selecting a rabbit as a pet?

 

Housing

Rabbits make good house pets and can be easily litter trained,

 

How should I handle my rabbit?

When picking up your rabbit always support its hindquarters, as this will prevent any spinal injuries

 

Diet

Diet is vitally important as a means of preventing ill health.

 

Should I neuter my rabbit?

Routine neutering of both male and female rabbits is strongly recommended unless you wish to breed.

 

Preventative medicine

Your rabbit should be vaccinated routinely against Rabbit Haemorrhage Disease (RHD) and Myxomatosis. Both these viral diseases can be rapidly fatal in an unvaccinated rabbit and there are no cures once infected.

 

Common medical problems

Skin Diseases, Eye problems, Diarrhoea, Pasteurellosis, Obesity & Anaesthesia of rabbits.

 

Summary

Rabbits can make wonderful pets – quiet, clean, inquisitive, entertaining and responsive.

The main keys to good health are:

  • feed a correct diet that is high in fibre – this will help to prevent many of the common diseases
  • have regular veterinary check-ups, during these check-ups make sure you discuss when to come back for your rabbits next vaccination and ask for advice about flea control, the main insect transmitting myxomatosis.
  • vaccinate your rabbit regularly
  • have your rabbit neutered (especially females)

Your rabbit will give you many years of companionship and rewarding pet ownership, if cared for properly.