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Enriching your Rabbit's Life

Find out how you can improve the lifestyle of your rabbit

Find out how you can improve the lifestyle of your rabbit including diet and vaccine advice, to how to stimulate your pet's mind.

How to enrich your rabbit’s life

Here at Clent Hills Vets, we try and promote the needs of rabbits to ensure they live long, happy, healthy lives. As part of this, we have put together some important advice to help rabbit owners old & new to enrich their rabbit’s life.

Carry on reading to see our top 5 ways to enrich your rabbit’s life from playtime and companionship to food and healthcare, we want to ensure your rabbit has the best way of life.

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Our top tips

  • Stimulating your rabbit’s mind
  • The perfect companion
  • A nutritional diet
  • Your rabbit's home
  • Protect your pet

Stimulating your rabbit’s mind

Rabbits are intelligent and have their own distinct personalities, requiring plenty of stimulation to prevent them becoming bored or stressed.

Domestic rabbits need to be able to express natural behaviours – plastic tubing and cardboard rolls can be used as tunnels whilst boxes and platforms provide areas where rabbits can survey their surroundings.

Rabbits require hiding places for when they are startled, and containers full of soil to practice their digging skills. There are now a huge variety of specific bunny toys available – for more information talk to one of our team.

The perfect companion

Due to their sociable nature, pet rabbits should be kept in pairs – if you have any concerns about the possibility of a pair of rabbits leading to lots of little rabbits, please talk to us about neutering.

People often think that the perfect companion for their rabbit is a guinea pig – this can be risky as rabbit’s can often bully guinea pigs and this is an easy way for disease to spread.

It is incredibly important to make sure your rabbit interacts with people from a young age. Being familiar with humans will help your pet develop into a confident and friendly adult rabbit.  It is also important to remember, rabbits are not used to being lifted of carried and this can be distressing for them – try and interact with your pet on ground level wherever possible.

A nutritional diet

It is crucial to feed your rabbit correctly to maintain their digestive health and avoid dental problems.

A rabbit’s teeth grow continuously at a rate of 2mm per week. Therefore, they must chew enough fibre to prevent the overgrowth of teeth and any health complications that can follow.

It is a common misconception that Muesli style feed provides a balanced diet – rabbits tend to pick out the tastiest bits and leave some of the most nutritionally valuable food behind. In order to avoid this, feed your rabbit quality pellet food, as this is the most nutritious.

Your rabbit should also have access to hay and grass to provide essential fibre and a variety of fresh vegetables should be offered daily.

Your rabbit's home

A safe and cosy hutch is the perfect place for your rabbit to bed down but this needs to be accompanied by a spacious run. This run should allow your rabbit room to complete at least 3 full hops and stand up comfortably on their back legs.

Protect your pet

Rabbits can also pick up parasites, such as ear mites and fleas, which can easily be treated. Grooming your rabbit, cleaning their hutch regularly and keeping their fur clean and dry is essential to avoid ‘fly strike’, which is a potentially fatal condition.  

Our nurses are always on hand to give advice and information on all aspects of your rabbit’s healthcare, for further information call us today or book an appointment to see one of our nursing team.

Veterinary services for rabbits at Clent Hills Vets

At Clent Hills Vets, we offer a full range of routine veterinary services for our rabbit patients including Vaccination, Neutering, Dental treatments, Microchipping and Nail clipping.

So take advantage and book your bunny to see one of our veterinary nursing team book an appointment and help keep your pet in the best of health.

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