Caring for your rabbit is obviously so important. A healthy rabbit is lively and alert. Your rabbit has to be checked every day without fail and look out for any changes in appearance or behaviour.
Some tell tale signs of poor health are scaly patches inside the ears, a discharge from the nose or eyes, swellings or diarrhoea. Dental problems are common in rabbits. Your rabbit’s back and front teeth must be checked regularly especially if they are beginning to lose weight for no apparent reason.
All rabbits should be regularly vaccinated against the potentially fatal diseases, myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD). Rabbit vaccinations are a vital part of keeping your pet healthy. It is important to check with your as to how often this needs to be done. It is a good idea to have rabbits neutered as this lessens the risk of disease and behavioural problems. Neutered rabbits can also be easier to house train.
Remember that rabbits are at risk from fly strike if not regularly checked during the hot weather so care must be taken to ensure your rabbits’ bottoms are kept clean.
If you have a long-furred variety then daily grooming is essential. Short-coated rabbits should be groomed once a week. This is great for the human animal bond. If you are at all worried about any aspect of your rabbit’s health, always seek veterinary advice.