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CARING FOR YOUR PET RABBIT   
 
Rabbits make wonderful pets, and are becoming much more popular. They are easy to keep, extremely cute, cleverer than you may think, and a lot of fun! 
Our vets and nurses are all skilled and experienced in their handling and knowledge of rabbits, so you can feel confident that we will take great care of your bunny.

Vaccination
Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) are two devastating diseases seen in pet rabbits, which when contracted, are usually fatal.
Myxomatosis is spread by fleas from the wild rabbit population, and we regularly see outbreaks in the Ross-Shire & Sutherland area. Even indoor-kept rabbits are susceptible to the disease, as people and other pets can bring the fleas indoors.
VHD is spread through bird droppings and other environmental sources, and generally leads to a rapid death.
Both of these diseases can be avoided by annual vaccination of healthy bunnies over 5 weeks old, protecting against both diseases in one dose.
Simply phone any of our branches for an appointment, and one of our vets will perform a full clinical health check before administering the vaccine.

Neutering
Spaying and Castration of male and female pet rabbits is very important. Unless you are intending to breed, spaying will prevent uterine cancer which is seen very commonly in females (“does”), as well as preventing unwanted pregnancies, and reducing fighting with companions. Castration of males (“bucks”) helps to control social problems such as inappropriate urination and fighting.
We recommend neutering Does and Bucks from 5 months old.       

 
Dental Care
Rabbit’s teeth are different from human teeth in that they are growing constantly! Diet is extremely important in keeping rabbit teeth healthy (see below for feeding advice). Your rabbit may show signs of dental problems such as : Not eating / becoming ‘picky’ about food, drooling from the sides of the mouth, weight loss, and watery eyes.
If you notice any of these signs, please bring your bunny in for a consultation – dental problems are much better treated as early as possible.          

Internal Parasites
Rabbits need protection against a parasite called E. caniculi, which causes a variety of problems including brain damage. We recommend twice-yearly dosing for internal parasites as a routine, given as an oral paste that is available from any of our branches. Dosing will need to be more frequent in the case of groups of rabbits, or if a new rabbit is introduced.

External Parasites   
A simple spot-on treatment is used to protect rabbits against fleas (the transmitter of Myxomatosis virus), and blowflies. Blowflies are a real danger to rabbits in the summer months, and can cause Flystrike – a potentially fatal condition.
Pop in to any branch for this spot-on, or make an appointment if you have any concerns.

Pet Health Plan
You can spread the cost of vaccinations and treating parasites over small monthly instalments, and receive 10% off neutering and dental treatments by joining our Pet Health Plan.

Diet & Nutrition
A good diet is vitally important to keep your bunny healthy and happy – protecting their teeth, bowels, and preventing against obesity. Follow these tips for the ideal menu! 
  • Do not make any sudden changes to your rabbit’s diet – all new foods must be introduced gradually.
  • Fresh drinking water must be available at all times.
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY : Good quality meadow or timothy hay and/or fresh grass should be available at all times – this should form at least 80% of the diet. Keep in a hayrack to avoid contamination.
  • Green vegetables are a great source of vitamins and should be fed regularly if possible e.g. celery leaves, carrot tops, broccoli, cabbage, and parsley etc. Take care to wash all foods before feeding, and introduce these foods gradually to very young rabbits to avoid an upset stomach.

     

  • If the above components are provided, commercial rabbit   food is not actually required. However, if you do wish do give this to your bunny, we recommend a small amount of the pellet form rather than the museli-type mix, to prevent them picking out just the bits they fancy!  
  • Fruit and root vegetables such as carrots should be given

    only occaisionally as a treat, as they are high in sugars

  • ‘Treats’ such as nuts, seeds, chocolate, cereals, commercial treats, bread etc., should be avoided to prevent obesity and digestive upsets.

     

 

FREE New Pet Health Check
If you have acquired a new pet rabbit, phone to book your FREE healthcheck with one of our Vets. They will perform a full clinical examination, and you will have the chance to ask any questions you may have.

Nurse Clinics
For general husbandry advice, book an appointment with our Qualified Veterinary Nurse, where you will be able to discuss all areas of caring for your bunny.