A rabbit’s diet should consist of very high levels of fibre. Without these high fibres levels, their digestive system will not work effectively and will be susceptible to gut stasis. Their teeth are designed to grow continually and therefore need fibrous food to wear them down. If a rabbit does not get enough abrasive foods, they will suffer from overgrown teeth making it painful to eat! Therefore a rabbit should have access to high quality feeding hay or grass which should make up to 85-90% of their daily diet.
Rabbits can tend to begin selective feeding with such diets as muesli style diets as they chose the higher starch and sugary elements of the feed and therefore leaving the higher fibre elements. This selective feeding unfortunately increases the likelihood of a variety of illnesses in rabbits. Therefore we recommend a nutritionally balanced high fibre nugget or pellet based diet. We also advised to feed the recommended amount of food to prevent overfeeding which may lead to obesity.
The Bunny Feeding Plan!
- Hay & Grass – This element should make up 85-90% of your rabbit’s diet. We recommend using a high quality and dust extracted feeding hay and replace with fresh hay daily.
- Nutritionally balanced high fibre nugget or pellet based diet – This should be fed as a supplement to ensure your rabbit gets the minerals they need. You should fed the recommended amount as advised.
- Natural snacks – some food manufacturers sell natural snacks to help with keeping your rabbit occupied and can be used to encourage foraging if sprinkled within their hay.
- Fresh greens – These should be fed as a treat to add variety and provide addition nutrition.
- Everyday greens – grasses, kale, mint, celery leaves, green pepper, plantain, cauliflower leaves, dandelion leaves, wild geranium, apple tree leaves & branches, strawberry and raspberry leaves, rose bush leaves, hazel tree leaves & branches, willow tree leaves & branches, brambles, goose grass, blackthorn, nettle (dried), romaine lettuce, hawthorn, and spring greens.
- Occasionally (can be given in small quantities) – savoy cabbage, spinach, parsley, basil, apple (pip less), banana, turnip, carrot tops, swede, dill, oregano and coriander.
- Fresh water – This should always be available and changed daily. Also ensure it hasn’t frozen in the colder months.
Big Doggie Do is a canine focused festival with stalls, activities and dog shows including highlights like dog dancing displays, obedience demonstrations, and a dog show.
Thank you to everyone who popped along to say hi!
During June, we are supporting Rabbit Awareness by offering FREE RABBIT HEALTH CHECKS. Our nurses would love to see your bunny friends. Availability on selected days.
Please call us on 01908 397777 to book an appointment.
This May is Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month which aims to spread the word about the importance of the role of the veterinary nurse in practice and the provision of responsible pet care to the general public.
Our Veterinary Nurses are extremely important on a day to day basis and we are extremely thankful for their hard-work and dedication.
Did you know that a Veterinary Nurse can….
- Position patients for X-rays and ultrasounds
- Take blood samples
- Place intravenous catheters
- Place urinary catheters
- Monitor critical patients
- Carry out minor surgical procedures such as removing a lipoma (fatty lump)
- Using the microscope to evaluate all manner of samples
- Calculate the exact number of calories a patient needs per day, along with fluid requirements and urinary output
- Assist the Vet in surgical procedures
- Revive neonates (puppies and kittens!) during a caesarian section
- Assist with CPR of patients who have undergone cardiac arrest
- Administer all manner of medication (be it oral, topical, under the skin, into a muscle or vein)
- Administer oxygen therapy to patients who may be experiencing difficulty breathing
- Carry out nursing consultations
- Administer second vaccinations
- Take blood pressure readings
- Update owners of patients who are staying with us for longer periods of time and arrange visits
- Triage emergency cases
- Support owners through the times where euthanising their pet may be necessary, and ensuring that your pet is always treated with dignity
- Giving advice on behavioural problems
- Keep the practice clean and tidy and ensure everybody has had enough tea / coffee
- Ensuring that we have enough stock of all the drugs and consumables used on a day to day basis
- Help on the reception desk, advising clients over the phone
Cheeky visited us at our Stoke Road cat clinic last month as he needed dental treatment. He was lucky enough to be the only cat having a procedure that day so it was nice and quiet and got lots of fuss from our team. Cheeky was provided with a cat castle to provide a place to feel safe and secure and we also use Feliway diffusers which release pheromones to help our patients feel relaxed.
Prior to Cheeky’s anaesthetic, he was given a premedication to provide pain relief prior to his dental and make him relax. Once the premedication had taken effect, he was given an injectable anaesthetic to induce anaesthesia and maintained on anaesthetic gas throughout the dental. Throughout the anaesthetic, Cheeky was monitored by our nurse and connected to monitoring equipment including ECG, capnography and blood pressure monitoring.
Before any extractions, the vet will assess the teeth and take x-rays to assess the roots which are under the gum line. After assessment, Cheeky had to have 8 teeth extracted which were found to be diseased. The x-rays also showed that Cheeky had a condition called pulpitis which was affecting one of his canines. Pulpitis is inflammation of the dental pulp tissue. The pulp contains bloods vessels, nerves and connective tissue, supplying the tooth’s blood and nutrients. Pulpitis is usually a secondary complication of a fractured or chipped tooth.
After Cheeky’s dental, he was placed into a recovery area and monitored by our nurse until he was awake. Cheeky has now recovered well and regained his appetite!