Rabbits can make very good pets, as they are both friendly and intelligent. However, they do have some important husbandry needs to keep them happy and healthy.

Their average life span is six to 10 years, with a record age of 15 being reported.

Just like cats and dogs, rabbits need preventative healthcare to keep them fit and well.

Insuring your pet rabbit

If your rabbit is unwell the last thing you want to worry about is how to pay for treatment. We recommend that you consider pet insurance for all of your pets.

When to contact us

Please phone us if you are at all worried about your rabbit, as their health can go downhill very quickly once they start to show problems.

Signs to look out for are:

  • Loss of appetite

  • Weight loss

  • Looking depressed

  • Skin trouble

  • Runny faeces and/or urine soaking into the back legs

  • Discharges from the nose

  • Vaccination

    Your rabbit should be vaccinated routinely against viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD) and myxomatosis.

  • Feeding your rabbit

    The most important part of a rabbit's diet is good quality hay together with fresh grass.

  • Housing

    Rabbits can be kept indoors and make good house pets.

  • Neutering

    Neutering of both male and female rabbits is recommended unless you wish to breed from them.

  • Rabbit teeth

    Each tooth in a rabbit is constantly growing.

  • Diarrhoea in rabbits

    Diarrhoea is a common problem in pet rabbits.

  • E.cuniculi in rabbits

    E.cuniculi is a tiny parasite, which has to live inside a host cell in order to survive.

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