• Rabbit Advice
  • Rabbit Advice
  • Rabbit Advice

Rabbits

Rabbits can make wonderful pets - they are quiet, clean, inquisitive, entertaining and responsive.

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Overgrown teeth or dental malocclusion is one of the most common problems in rabbits encountered by vets. If left untreated this may result in the rabbit being unable to eat and therefore having to be put to sleep.

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The most important part of a rabbit's diet is good quality hay together with fresh grass. This is what they eat naturally so it should make up the bulk of the diet and be offered all the time.

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Diarrhoea is a common problem in pet rabbits. It can be a very serious condition and veterinary advice should be sought immediately. If left untreated diarrhoea can cause dehydration which at extreme cases can be fatal.

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Rabbits can develop eye infections that may be difficult to treat.

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Recognising the signs of potential ill health in your rabbit is important in helping keep your pet in peak condition.

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Neutering of both male and female rabbits is strongly recommended unless you wish to breed from your pet. Rabbits become sexually mature between 4 months (in smaller breeds) and 6 to 9 months (in larger breeds).

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Your rabbit should be vaccinated routinely against Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD) and Myxomatosis. Both these viral diseases can be rapidly fatal in an unvaccinated rabbit and there are no cures once infected.

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Information about your bunny's potential skin conditions and how to treat them.

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Donnachie & Townley Veterinary Centre

Rugeley

The Veterinary Centre
29 Market Street
Rugeley, Staffordshire
WS15 2JH

Tel: 01889 582023

Stafford

Units E and F, Madford Retail Park
Foregate Street
Stafford
ST16 2QY

Tel: 01785 213404

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