Rabbit Care Advice

At Vets Now we see and treat thousands of pet emergencies each year. From our experience we have put together some advice to help you keep your rabbit safe, happy and healthy.

flystrike in rabbits
Flystrike In Rabbits

Flystrike is a devastating condition caused by the fly Lucilia sericata, or a green bottle fly, the same species that infests sheep. These green bottle flies are attracted to damp fur soiled with urine or soft faeces.

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Bonfire & Firework Safety For Rabbits

Bonfire night can be a distressing and frightening time for all our pets; not just dogs. Cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and birds can all be affected, and you can really help your pet by ensuring you make them as calm and comfortable as possible.

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Emergency Care For Rabbit Owners

In an emergency situation it is important to try to remain calm. Always phone your vet before attending in order to check which surgery to go to. When calling your vet have a pen and paper ready to write down any instructions or directions.  Out of hours you may need to attend a different clinic to your regular daytime one. 

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What is E.Cuniculi In Rabbits?

E.cuniculi is a tiny single celled protozoal parasite, which has to live inside a host cell in order to survive. E.cuniculi primarily infects rabbits and is a significant cause of disease. It is also important to rabbit owners as just occasionally it can infect humans, especially if they are immuno-compromised. Infection has been diagnosed in rabbits in Europe, Africa, America and Australia. In the UK the parasite is common in laboratory and pet rabbits, but rare in the wild rabbits.

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Gut stasis in rabbits – My rabbit isn’t going to the toilet, is this a problem?

Rabbits are a prey species and therefore experts in hiding any signs of illness or weakness that may result in their predation.  This instinct still exists in our domestic pets which makes the identification of ailments within our pet bunnies much more challenging.  It is therefore crucial that you monitor your bunny very closely for any changes in behaviour, appetite, passage of urine or faeces.

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What to expect out of hours vet
What to expect if your pet needs to visit an out of hours vet

Increasingly out of hours veterinary care is provided by a dedicated team of vets and nurses that only work at night, weekends and bank holidays.

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Are you prepared?
Preparing for a pet emergency

Here are a few things to consider in advance so you are as prepared as possible to deal with an emergency, should one occur.  Knowing what to do and what not to do can make a difference to saving your pet’s life.

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