Most people over feed on the nice muesli or pellets, but the most important part of the diet for your rabbit if FIBRE.
Print out a feeding pyramid here and check that you are feeding your rabbit properly.
There are 2 deadly infections that you can have your rabbit vaccinated against. These are Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease. Nowadays there is one vaccine that covers for them both for 1 year and can be given to your rabbit from the age of 5 weeks.
If your rabbit is grazing outside in your garden then we would recommend that you get them vaccinated.
Rabbit Myxo RHD vaccine costs £26.40 per rabbit including your health and weight check.
Male rabbits (bucks) make responsive pets, but have the same drawbacks as tom cats if they're not castrated. Most are territorial and frequently spray urine, and aggression is a common problem. They will also have to live
alone, which isn't fair on an animal that needs company. Neutered males are much happier and more relaxed. They can enjoy life without constantly looking for a mate and are less aggressive and smelly! Nearly all neutered males will stop spraying urine even if the operation is performed later in life.
Castration can be performed when the rabbit is 4 or 5 months old.
Having female rabbits (does) spayed is even more important. Most females become territorial and aggressive
from sexual maturity onwards (4-6 months). They have repeated false pregnancies, and may growl at, scratch and bite their owners as well as attacking other rabbits. Keeping two females together - even if they are sisters - can make things worse.
Spaying reduces and sometimes eliminates these behavioural problems. Spayed females are likely to live
longer then their unspayed sisters. Up to 80% of unspayed female rabbits develop uterine cancer by 5 years of age.
Females who are not spayed when young and in good health may have to undergo the operation in later life if a pyometra (uterine infection) or cancer develops, although usually it is too late and the cancer has already spread.
Spaying is a bigger operation than castration. We usually performed it when the rabbit is at least 4 or 5 months old. The uterus and both ovaries are removed via the abdomen, and stitches are usually dissolving.
Is it safe?
In the past, rabbits gained a reputation for being difficult to
anaesthetise, but the risks of rabbit anaesthesia have fallen
significantly in recent years.
However, low risk does not mean no risk. Surgery on any animal can have unexpected complications. But for most rabbits the benefits of neutering far outweigh the very small risk.
How much does it cost?
As a very rough guide, expect to pay £70 -90 for a male rabbit to be castrated and £80-100 to spay a female.
Bring your rabbit for a check up well before the operation date to discuss the procedure. Don't change the diet in the week or so before surgery. Rabbits can't vomit, so they don't need to be fasted before surgery. They should be offered food and water right up to the time of surgery and as soon as they wake up so bring a snack with them for later.
Post operative care
Your rabbit should be awake, alert and preferably eating when you collect it after surgery. They will have had pain relief but will require to be kept warm and carefully observed during the first evening home.
If your rabbit is running about in a pen outside and digging etc usually they keep their own nails pretty trim. if you have a house rabbit though sometimes they require their nails to be trimmed - usually once or twice a year.
We provide this service at all of our clinics and it costs £12.50 per rabbit.
Lots of great advice leaflets available for download ranging through general health, disease, behaviour and top tips for coat care.
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