Two black and white rabbits grooming each other

🐰 Rabbits are prey animals and get very stressed when taken outside of their normal environment. Home vet visits are a great way to keep your rabbits healthy and stress-free.

🐰 Rabbits are very popular pets but are not as easy to keep as their relatively cheap purchase price would suggest.  Being prey animals they are very good at hiding signs of illness until the disease is quite advanced so owners need to be aware of what is normal for their pet in order to notice subtle signs that all is not well and seek advice as soon as possible.  Regular check ups with a vet are also recommended to give the best chance of picking up on problems early, before they become very difficult to treat. Click here for information about our ‘Well Pet Checks’.

Two rabbits

🐰 Rabbits need at least two annual vaccinations.  The first is a combined Myxomatosis and Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Classic Strain (RHD-1) and the second is against the newer strain of RHD (RHD-2).  This second vaccination may also include RHD-1.  The vaccinations must be given at least 2 weeks apart.  All of these viruses are very prevalent and frequently fatal.  All rabbits, whether kept indoors or outside, are at risk so vaccination is very important.

🐰 A lot of problems in rabbits can be prevented by providing their basic needs:

  • A good diet – rabbits need a high level of fibre in their diet, from hay and grass. Muesli-style foods are not good for rabbits and lead to many health problems.
  • A suitable environment – rabbits need space to run and jump, plenty of places to hide, high points to sit on and observe their area and protection against bad weather and predators.
  • Ability to express their natural behaviours – rabbits need to be able to forage for food, to dig, to run around and groom each other
  • Companionship – Rabbits need the company of other rabbits. They should not be kept alone. A neutered male-neutered female pair usually works best.
  • Good health provision – Rabbits need regular vaccinations (see above) and should be seen by a vet at the first sign of a problem. Neutering is also recommended, especially for females.