Spring is pretty much synonymous with rabbits – it’s the time of year they get the most press, what with their Easter gig!
So, we thought we would highlight a few health issues rabbit owners need to keep an eye on as the days get longer. Clent Hills Vets’ rabbit-loving team have come up with a list of the most important things to watch out for. They also suggest you contact us for advice if you have any questions about your rabbits health.
Changing diet. Now’s the time your rabbit will be hoping to get out into the garden to help you keep your lawn in check. There’s nothing wrong with this as long as you reintroduce it to grass slowly. Any sudden change in diet can upset a pet’s stomach, so limit their time grazing until they are used to it again. Also, make sure they have somewhere to shelter from the sun while they’re out.
Gardens. If you are out and about together in the garden be careful not to leave herbicides, pesticides and fertilisers where your rabbit can reach them, as many such products contain chemicals that are dangerous to rabbits.
Chocolate: We’ve mentioned Easter bunnies so it seems pertinent to move on to chocolate – a lot of which is about this time of year. Unfortunately for our sweet-toothed friends, it’s as toxic to rabbits as it is to other domestic pets, so make sure yours can’t get to your Easter stash – especially if you have a house rabbit.
Flystrike. It’s an unpleasant thing to contemplate but it’s when the weather warms up that your rabbit is most susceptible to being attacked by maggots, so keep careful watch on hutch hygiene and check your pet over every day to make sure its fur isn’t dirty or damp, especially around its hindquarters.
This list isn’t exhaustive, so don’t be shy about calling the team at Clent Hills Vets on 01527 889810 to discuss any fears you may have.
If you have an appointment coming up or if your rabbit needs urgent attention, then please read our latest information on the current COVID-19 situation.