Your rabbit's health

Your rabbit's health

Before getting a rabbitit's good to be aware of any common health problems that can occur in rabbits. We can help guide you with rabbit health tips and advice so that you feel prepared with your new arrival.

Overgrown teeth

Rabbits can really suffer from overgrown teeth that may have to be clipped by your local vet. Rabbits teeth are usually under control with good quality grass or hay and also by providing enough gnawing toys.

Digestive disorders 

This can be a common problem with rabbits. However, in some cases, it can be fatal. A rapid change in diet, change in environment or over-handling can cause stress and therefore lead to digestive problems. It's advisable to ensure that you seek Vet advice before making any big lifestyle changes. You can check your rabbit's health by looking out for a loss of appetite, diarrhoea or a bloated stomach.

Flystrike

Flystrike is a serious condition that occurs during summer. Flies lay their eggs around the rabbit’s rear end, which turn into maggots that eat away at the flesh. This can be fatal to your rabbit so they must be checked regularly in the summer months.

Myxomatosis & VHD (viral haemorrhagic disease)

All rabbits should be vaccinated against myxomatosis and VHD, including indoor rabbits. Both diseases can be deadly so you must ensure your rabbit has been vaccinated accordingly. Register your rabbit with your local vet as soon as you get them to ensure all vaccinations are up to date.

Trimming your rabbit's nails

Check the length of your rabbit’s nails regularly as they can become uncomfortable if left too long. You can buy suitable rabbit clippers and do it at home, but it is advisable to let your vet show you the first time. 

Socialising your rabbit

Socialising your rabbit

Interaction with other pets

Rabbits are social animals and like to be around other rabbits. They can also get along with dogs and cats if started early on in life. 

Guinea pigs and rabbits are very different from one another and so it is not advisable to keep them both together. Firstly rabbits are larger and heavier and may harm guinea pigs when they kick with their hind legs. Rabbits may also try to mate with guinea pigs and can injure the guinea pigs back. They both communicate in different ways and may not understand each other. Rabbits and guinea pigs cannot be housed together because they have different dietary needs. Please see guinea pig feeding advice for more information.