Bunnies For Sale

The cutest baby rabbits in Essex

   Oct 26

Health

Rabbits are very hardy creatures but there are a few things you should so to keep them in the best of health.

Diet

The correct diet is essential to prevent dental problems, obesity, digestive tract problems and depression. Rabbits need huge amounts of fibre and a careful balance of nutrients and this can only be given by feeding hay, grass pellets and grass.

Rabbits actually digest their food twice. At night they eat soft caecotrophs directly from there bottom where it is digested for the second time and then come out as the hard pellet faeces we are used to. If a rabbit is obese it cannot reach its bottom to eat the caecotrophs and so it misses out on vital nutrients and the caecotrophs can become caked to the rabbits bottom.

In the wild rabbits spend most of their time grazing and so if food is eaten quickly from a bowl then it leaves them with little else to fill their time with and so can become depressed.

The high fibre content of grass also wears the teeth down at the correct rate while providing the ideal ratio of calcium and phosphorus to re grow these teeth.

Vaccination

Get your rabbit vaccinated for Myxomatosis and VHD. Both of these infections are fatal and easily prevented with vaccines. Ask your vet for their protocol for vaccinating rabbits.

Neutering

We routinely neuter our cats and dogs but rabbits deserve the same benefits. Rabbits are very driven by their hormones and neutering can make them much sweeter pets, less territorial, less likely to spray urine to scent mark and prevent uterine or ovarian cancers in females. Once neutered you can obvious;y keep mixed sex pairs together. Males that are not castrated should not be kept together as they will fight and try to castrate each other in the process!. Female rabbits kept together can become aggressive to each other if one is more territorial than the other. Of course many un-neutered rabbits live perfectly well together but if problems do occur speak to your vet about which one or both to neuter. Modern anaesthetics are much safer than they used to be but is is still essential to only consider neutering a young, fit and healthy rabbit.

Exercise

No rabbit should spend most of their time in a hutch. The hutch design we have today was originally designed for meat rabbits kept at the bottom of the garden 100 years ago. They were not designed for an animal to spend up to 12 years in. If your garden is secure, remove any poisonous plants and let him run free daily. They soon learn to go back into their hutch at bedtime for a carrot each night.

If you cannot let your rabbit run free then invest in a large pen. This can be put on grass or concrete but should have some form of shelter included and water available. Rabbits don’t bother about weather much so only keep them in if it is freezing, snowy or raining. My rabbits often sit out on the lawn in the pouring rain happily munching away!

Don’t forget if your run is on grass or your rabbit is free running that they are excellent and very fast diggers so keep an eye out for escape attempts.

Exercise is essential for healthy bones, prevention of obesity and for your rabbit’s mental health. You also cant beat the sight of your rabbit side skipping and leaping with joy across your garden.

Teeth

Rabbits teeth have open roots as they are constantly growing throughout the rabbits life. This is to cope with the huge amounts of fibre they need to eat. If this fibre is not provided and wood to chew on then the teeth can become overgrown or spiked. Dental problems are painful and debilitating for rabbits and are very difficult to fix once they occur.

Short faced breeds can have a greater chance of dental problems which is why we chose to breed mixed breed rabbits for a more natural head shape and sp hopefully healthier dentition.

To Prevent dental problems feed grass, hay, pellets and vegetables. Check your rabbits front teeth weekly and check for signs of dental discomfort such as dribbling, grinding teeth, loss of appetite. A wet chin and front paws is a classic sign of dental problems from where it dribbles excessively and cleans this dribble with its front feet.

If you are at all unsure about your rabbits teeth contact your vet for a check up.