- Rabbits are prey animals and are programmed to try to hide the fact they might be ill.
- If you see any changes in your rabbits such as lethargy, no appetite or a lack of appetite, loss of balance, then you must consult your vet as soon as possible.
- If a rabbit stops eating (and goes into ‘stasis’), you must consult with a vet as they can die in a matter of a few hours as their digestive systems are programmed to be constantly eating.
- Finally, it is essential that during the Spring and the Summer, that you apply a flystrike treatment (available from some pet shops as well as the vet) and check your rabbits’ bottoms on a regular basis. Flystrike is often fatal and on untreated rabbits, rarely caught in time.
Vaccinations – What you need to know
Rabbit are unfortunately at high risk of contracting three fatal diseases. These are myxomatosis, RVHD1 (Rabbit Viral Hemmorhagic Disease) and RVHD2) They are notoriously difficult to treat, very infectious and have an incredibly high mortality rate for unvacinated rabbits.
Fortunately there are vaccinations for them which although don’t reduce the risk by 100%, do considerably lessen the chances of your rabbit getting one of these killer diseases.
Most vets will offer two seperate vaccinations, one which covers Myxo and RVHD1 and another which covers RVHD2 – these two vaccinations should be given a minimum of two weeks apart. If your vet has not mentioned the second vaccination, RVHD2, please ask them for it as it is vitally important for the health of your rabbit – this includes rabbits that live indoors. It is a relatively new disease to the UK so not all vets stock the vaccine as standard.
Here at The Cat and Rabbit Rescue Centre all of our rabbits will have had both vaccinations a minimum of 2 weeks prior to bonding with another rabbit, and we ask that you make sure that your rabbit is also covered by both vaccinations at least two weeks before coming to the centre to bond. We will require proof of these vaccinations.