Looking after your rabbit

We've put together some professional advice to help give your rabbit the best quality of life.



All rabbits should be vaccinated against Myxomatosis: a heartbreaking disease, for which there is no cure.

It is transmitted by biting insects as well as rabbit fleas, so direct contact with a wild rabbit is not always necessary to contract it.

The virus causes very swollen eyelids, ear bases and genitals, eventually leading to pneumonioa, and death.

Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease

Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease is a highly contagious, and rapidly fatal disease.

Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease is an airborne virus, which can be spread by direct contact with infected rabbits.

It can also be spread by indirect contact from contaminated feeding bowls, clothes, and shoes.


An annual booster vaccination is essential to maintain immunity.

There is now a vaccine for Myxomatosis, RHD 1 and the new RHD 2 strain in one dose.

This means protection can be given against Myxomatosis and both variants of Viral Haemorrhagic Disease with a single injection.

The combined Myxomatosis, RHD 1 and RHD 2 vaccine can be given from 6 weeks old, but takes 2 weeks to work.

How can I get my rabbit vaccinated?

We can provide the necessary vaccinations to help protect your rabbit

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What a rabbit eats can play an important part in its overall health.


Ideally, 3 quarters of a rabbit's diet should be hay or grass, as rabbits need a diet that is high in fibre, both to maintain digestive health and prevent dental disease.

The rest should be made up of 15% leafy greens; and 10% pellets - 1 egg cup per kg mass (2 egg cups for a medium-sized rabbit).

You could use leafy greens such as curly kale, spinach, parsley, spring greens etc.

Selective feeding

It is important to use pelleted foods to prevent selective feeding, and only eating the nice bits.

Selective feeding can happen when muesli-style foods are given.

This can lead to an imbalance in calcium levels, and low fibre - which could lead to dental disease.


Rabbits' teeth grow all their lives, and they are used to chewing on fibre to wear them down correctly.

In the wild, they achieve this from eating grass, but hay is an ideal substitute.


Low fibre can cause wet droppings to stay around a rabbit's bottom.

Feeding sugary foods such as carrots or apples can also cause this, so they should only be offered them as a treat 2 or 3 times a week.

Rabbits produce 2 types of droppings:

  • Large, dry ones and;
  • Soft, small ones (caecotrophs), that contain vitamins and nutrients, which are eaten again.

Want to discuss your rabbit's diet in more detail?

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As rabbits should always be kept with a companion, same-sex or male-and-female, all rabbits should be neutered.

Neutering will reduce aggression between same sexes, and make your rabbit more sociable towards you.

Rabbits are much more content when not continuously having the urge to breed.

A direct health benefit of spaying females is preventing ovarian cancer, which is very common in entire females.

Age of neutering should be 4 months for males, and 6 months for females.

It is important that your rabbit is well-fed prior to its operation, and not starved.

I want to neuter my rabbit

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