Rabbits are small creatures that require a great deal of care and consideration. This can include multiple visits to the vet each year, to make sure they’re healthy and thriving.
So, how do you know how often to get them checked out? Our vet Simon has compiled a list of rabbit issues to be aware of, which you can read below – but if you’re concerned at any time, giving us a call on 01604 478888 may set your mind at rest.
Standard care for rabbits
Neutering – Unless you intend to breed your rabbits, it’s best to get them neutered. Spayed female rabbits are at lower risk of womb cancer, while neutered rabbits of both genders are less likely to fight. If you’d like to neuter your rabbit, just contact us to arrange an appointment.
Diet – Rabbits should be fed on hay or grass to help prevent diseases of the gut or teeth. If your rabbit is eating daily and producing dry droppings, then this is a sign of good internal health – but if their appetite or toilet habits give you cause for concern, you should seek vet advice.
Annual check-ups – We recommend regular examinations as an opportunity to spot potential health problems early; and also to vaccinate against nasty diseases such as myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD). These check-ups should occur at least once a year.
Other reasons to seek veterinary care for your rabbit
Signs of illness or injury – It’s important to check your rabbit daily for changes in their normal appearance or behaviour. Also watch out for signs of staining on fur from urine or droppings, as this can attract flies and cause flystrike (which is often fatal).
Teeth and nails – Again, you should check these daily to make sure they’re not growing too long, as this can make your rabbit vulnerable to infectious diseases.
Plus – Is your rabbit microchipped? Do you have any concerns about their breeding history? Does their coat look poor, despite regular grooming? If you have questions about any of these things, we’re here to help, so give us a call to arrange a vet consultation.
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