Rabbits make wonderful pets and have some highly species-specific health and husbandry requirements.
Our vets and nurses have devised ways of handling and managing them to reduce stress levels of what is a highly instinctive prey-species. We advise owners on the best care for rabbits from health interventions to every day husbandry.
Rabbits regularly live to a ripe old age of eight and some as long as 12 or 13 years, so understanding the length of commitment from the outset is important when taking on a rabbit, as is being prepared with all the necessary information and equipment.
- Weight loss
- Irritation of the skin towards the rear end
- Poor/dull coat condition
For all that your rabbit needs in preventative health care and at a discounted rate, see our Pet Health Club page for more information.
- At least their own body size in hay or growing grass each day
- A handful of fresh greens morning and evening
- A tablespoon of commercial pellets per day (avoid muesli diets where they tend to pick the tasty, unhealthy bits and leave the rest!)
- Be a minimum of 6ft x 2ft x 2ft with attached outdoor space of 8ft x 6ft x 3ft
- Be safe and secure. Wire of at least a 16g thickness is recommended
- Be out of full sunshine to prevent overheating
- Be enriched with appropriate bedding for burrowing, toys, platforms, tunnels and other fun things to keep a rabbit occupied
- A change to eating or drinking habits
- Loss of body condition
- Reduced playing