Keep your rabbits running smoothly
Keeping your rabbits in tip-top condition isn’t difficult, but it’s important to recognise problems early. If you check your rabbits carefully you will soon become familiar with their eating habits, behaviour, and general body condition.
Rabbits are prey animals who conceal signs of illness in order to fend off an attack; this means that when they do show signs of illness it could already be at an advanced stages.
Keep a watchful eye and if your rabbit is quieter than normal, sitting in a crouched position, hopping with difficulty or grinding their teeth, these are all signs that they may be ill or in pain and need to be checked over by one of our Vets immediately.
Rabbits will only stay healthy if they have the correct diet.
Your rabbits must be vaccinated against two killer diseases: Myxomatosis and Haemorrhagic Disease.
When you come to The Pet Vet we will check them thoroughly (including their teeth and weight) and it’s a great opportunity to ask questions about their general health and care.
Rabbit droppings should be fairly large, but may be dark if they have a lot of rich grass in their diet. If they are dark and small then you need to take action. If they change suddenly for any reason, this is a cause for concern.
If you see soft, dark shiny droppings, then the first thing to do is to make sure the diet is correct. If the over-production of these continues after you have optimised your rabbit’s diet, then seek veterinary advice.
Rabbit urine can be colourful! Signs of trouble include the bunny straining to pass urine, or blood in the urine (where a red patch is visible in a lighter coloured pool of urine).
Never change your rabbit’s diet suddenly – switch foods over a period of at least 1-2 weeks.
Well, legs and feet really. Toenails need to be kept trim. If they overgrow, then the angle of rabbits’ feet on the ground may be altered, which can sometimes lead to sore hocks and strain on joints.