Frequently Asked Questions » Rabbits

All About Rabbits

Rabbits are the third most popular pet being kept after cats and dogs. There are a variety of rabbit breeds that vary in size, shape and personality and have a life span of around 5-10 years.

People often think that owning a rabbit means they are easier to care for than having a cat or dog; however this isn't the case and they are as much a commitment as a cat or dog! They are great fun and rewarding for the whole family if they are well cared for. Please read on to find out about the basic needs of your pet rabbit.

Environment

 

Please visit our link www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk for more information on hutch sizes etc.

Diet

REMEMBER: Clean, fresh water should be available at all times! It may be useful to offer a choice of a water bowl and a drinking bottle.

Health and Welfare

Rabbits won't often show signs of pain or distress and when they become ill they can deteriorate quickly. It is important to check your rabbit daily and if you notice a problem or a change in their behaviour or routine, then veterinary advice should be sought after. Caring for your rabbit should include:

Myxomatosis:

This disease is often fatal although rabbits with some immunity may get an 'atypical' form which is milder.  It is spread to pet rabbits by biting insects such as mosquitoes.  Puffy eyes can be the first sign you see.  The vaccination can be given from 6 weeks of age but immunity only last 6 months.  We recommend a booster every 6 months.

HVD:

Rabbits will often die with no warning, or bloody diarrhoea may be seen.  Vaccination can be given from 10 weeks of age, and immunity lasts a year.  There must be a gap of at least 2 weeks between the two different vaccines.  We recommend a booster every year.

Look Out for:

What not to feed your rabbit

Although rabbits are strict vegetarians, some vegetation is highly toxic to them. It is always a good idea to do research on your plants if your rabbit is out and about around the garden.

These plants cause toxicity, skin reactions, gastrointestinal irritations, cardiovascular problems and may even be fatal.

Other important food to avoid giving include: