Tips For New Rabbit Owners

Are you thinking about bringing a new bunny home to join the family? We share some tips for new rabbit owners.

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Housing

Rabbits need more space than you may think, so it is good to offer them additional garden access or areas in the house where they can exercise, in addition to their house/hutch.

Diet

A rabbit’s diet is extremely important and can help keep their teeth trimmed. They should be offered a diet rich with hay and accompanied with dry pellets and a small selection of fruit and veg.

We offer a FREE New Pet Check for new rabbit owners, where you can discuss your rabbit’s diet in more detail.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are important for rabbits as it can help protect them against diseases. This will stimulate your rabbit’s own immunity and hence provide protection. In rabbits a yearly booster vaccination is usually recommended but this may depend on risk factors.

Rabbits are commonly vaccinated against two main diseases:

  • Myxomatosis
  • Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD) also known as Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD)

Learn more about vaccinating your rabbit.

Neutering

Neutering can help prevent cancers. unwanted behaviours, life-threatening health problems and unwanted pregnancies.

Health Checks

Rabbits are great at hiding their symptoms when they feel ill, so being able to health check them regularly at home is a great skill.

They can also be very nervous and may need a little more time to feel comfortable with handling. It may be best to sit on the floor and spend quality time with them, rather than picking them straight up.

To get more information on how to check your rabbit, book a FREE New Pet Check with the nurse and they can show you how to check and handle your rabbit at home.

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