Keeping a happy bunny in Dorset
January 21, 2018
Is your rabbit a truly happy bunny? There are many ways in which you can provide added stimulation to really enrich your pet’s environment, which is why Best Friends’ head nurse Lisa has put together these top tips.
If you still have questions about how you can improve your rabbit’s life – or you have concerns and would like to book a check-up – remember you can always talk to us.
Top five life-enhancing tips for rabbits
1. Stimulating your rabbit’s mind
Rabbits need stimulation and the ability to express natural behaviours to stop boredom or stress setting in. Plastic tubing and cardboard rolls make great tunnels, while containers of soil allow them to practise their digging skills.
2. The perfect companion
Pet rabbits should be kept in pairs if possible, but if you have concerns about a pair leading to lots of little ones, please talk to us about neutering. It’s also important for your rabbit to interact with people from a young age. Familiarity with humans will help it develop into a confident, friendly adult.
3. A nutritional diet
It is important to feed your rabbit the correct diet to maintain digestive health and avoid dental problems. Their teeth grow continuously so they must chew enough fibre to prevent overgrowth. Feed your rabbits quality pellet food, a variety of fresh vegetables and high-quality hay.
4. Your rabbit’s home in Dorset
A cosy, safe hutch is the perfect place for your rabbits to sleep, but it should be accompanied by a run that’s big enough to allow them to complete at least three full hops and stand up comfortably.
5. Protect your pet
Rabbits should be vaccinated for Myxomatosis and VHD, but they can also pick up parasites, such as ear mites and fleas, all of which can easily be treated. Grooming your rabbit, cleaning their hutch regularly and keeping their fur clean and dry is essential to avoiding ‘fly strike’, which is a potentially fatal condition.
We offer a full range of veterinary services for our rabbit patients, so if you have any questions or want a check-up you can always book your bunny to see one of our veterinary team, and we’ll help keep your pet in the best of health.