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.  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.

Rabbits require 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 a good diet and environment.  Rabbits need the company of other rabbits, space to run around and stretch out, and plenty of hay or grass to eat.