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Rabbit Health

This year's Rabbit Awareness Week is at the beginning of June. Find out how we are supporting RAW this year with the pledge to Move away from Muesli.

More about RAW  from the RWAF 

Give your bunny a long and happy life

  • Keeping your rabbit fit and healthy is vital to ensure a long, happy and fulfilling life. Rabbits can be prone to some health issues which can prove challenging to treat, but can often be easily prevented if you know how.
  • Good care, appropriate feeding and other appropriate measures such as vaccination are key. Health checks give us the opportunity to evaluate your pet's teeth, weight, skin and general health. Catching a problem early can often make all the difference.
  • Rabbits should have a large run to exercise in and, as they are very social animals, never be kept on their own.
  • Vaccination against RHD 1 and 2 and Myxomatosis is recommended
  • Most of a rabbit's diet should be good quality hay or grass. They should not be fed on mainly pellets.

More about Rabbit Health

Flystrike in rabbits 

Flystrike occurs when flies lay eggs on wet and dirty fur around the rear. The eggs hatch into maggots which then cause tissue damage. Flystrike can be fatal unless caught early.

Prevention is key:

  • check your rabbit twice daily for a wet or dirty back end - clean and dry as needed.
  • use Rearguard to prevent egg development
  • Talk to our team about your rabbit if they regularly have soft poo or a dirty back end.

Join our Paws Club and Rearguard is included as well as annual vaccinations and discounts.


Diseases that affect rabbits

Myxomatosis is almost always fatal and causes much suffering. Common throughout the UK, it spreads from the wild rabbit population, usually via blood-sucking insects such as the common rabbit flea. The disease is widespread and is seen year round, although the biggest risk period is late summer and autumn. Rabbits should be vaccinated annually.

Viral Haemorrhagic Disease is a viral disease which is also fatal to rabbits.  We have been able to vaccinate against the Classic form (1) for many years in a combined vaccine with myxomatosis. Recently a new Variant RHD (2) has emerged for which annual vaccination is recommended for most rabbits. Rabbits in high risk environments should be revaccinated every 6 months. The two vaccines must be given 2 weeks apart.

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* Free annual vaccinations

* Save 10% on your vet bills

* Save 10% on food purchases

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