Rabbits can make a wonderful pet; indeed, they are the third most popular British pet and there are approximately 2 million in the UK. We have seen a massive surge in their popularity in the last 10-15 years, and consequently we have learnt a lot about their specific needs and health problems.
If you are considering buying a rabbit (or are under pressure to do so from your family!), please bear in mind the following facts:
Rabbits live for approximately 8 years; they require a long term commitment.
Many rabbits are abandoned to the J.S.P.C.A. Please contact them first to see if they have a suitable one for you to rehome.
Rabbits can make great indoor pets, but they will require “litter training”, and you will need to protect electric cables and indoor plants from being nibbled.
Rabbits should be vaccinated regularly (twice a year), they should be neutered and they can become ill. You have to be prepared for veterinary costs that can be significant. Some of these costs can be offset by pet insurance.
Whether you are thinking of acquiring a pet rabbit, or already have one, please read through the sections listed.
Topics covered are:
- Health problems
The advice sheets consist of one to two page documents offering clear and concise guidance.
The topics can also be downloaded as pdf files and then printed, either from each individual section, or by clicking on the relevant icon at the bottom of this page.
Guidelines on housing your pet rabbit, including advice on hutches and bedding.
Neutering your rabbit has some significant benefits; the facts and pros and cons are explained.
The facts about vaccinating rabbits and the prevention of two fatal diseases.
Rabbit Health Problems
The common health problems for rabbits, and their treatment and prevention.
Incorrect feeding is the most common cause of health problems in pet rabbits. Here you will find facts and advice on the correct feeding of rabbits.