Rabbit Health & Hygiene
A healthy diet, regular exercise and a clean home will help to keep your rabbit in good health.
Your rabbit's cage or hutch should be cleaned at least once a week using a pet-safe disinfectant, while water and feeding bowls should be cleaned every day.
Hay and gnawing toys are an essential part of your pets dental routine and should always be available as they help to prevent overgrown teeth.
If you become concerned about any aspect of your rabbits health, Petmania's Pet Care Advisors have a wealth of experience and knowledge that they are only too happy to share, so please ask.
A healthy rabbit will:
- Be alert with bright eyes
- Have dry and clean nostrils
- Have a shiny coat
There are several common rabbit diseases, many of which are contagious. Its vital that your rabbit is vaccinated against the two diseases known as Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD). A single injection for each disease will fully protect your rabbit. Your local vet can advise you on these vaccinations and regular booster injections.
Keep an eye on your pets skin and coat for signs of fleas and mites such as bald patches or irritation. Regular grooming will help you identify any problems that may arise.
Outdoor pets are vulnerable to fly strike during the summer months so make sure you keep your rabbit and their environment clean and dry. Fly strike results from flies laying eggs on a Rabbits fur, these eggs then develop into maggots which then cause irritation for the Rabbit causing nasty wounds to develop if left untreated.
Regular grooming will help strengthen the relationship between you and your rabbit and it can also help to highlight any health problems. Use a soft brush or a grooming glove, brush your rabbits hair once a week (short hair) or daily if they have long hair to keep their skin and coats healthy, and to prevent the hair balls occurring.
Keeping your rabbits nails trim is also important. Our Pet Care Advisors can clip your bunny's nails for you the next time you are in store.
Neutering or Spaying
Neutering (males) or spaying (females), can help your rabbit live a happier, healthier, and longer life, while also preventing unwanted breeding and reducing aggression.
Both neutering (males) and spaying (females) are surgical procedures done under anesthetic; therefore there is minimal pain for the rabbit. You can neuter or spay your rabbit when it reaches sexual maturity which is around four to six months old.
Benefits of Neutering / Spaying:
- Prevent breeding or fighting
- Neutered or Spayed Rabbits tend to live better together
- Neutered or Sprayed Rabbits are healthier and make much better company
- Your rabbit will be calmer and more sociable
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