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How can I help keep my rabbit healthy?

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
Our pets rely on us to keep them fit and healthy, some ideas to help our rabbits say active can include:
  • Provide your rabbits with items to play with. They will happily play with cardboard boxes, untreated logs or suitable toys to keep them busy.
  • Rabbits also love to dig! Why not provide them with a tray with potting compost and let them have a play.
  • Make outside space for them, provide them with an outdoor run. They love to hop around, rummage and graze on days with good weather.
Rabbits benefit from a diet that is as natural as possible:
  • Provide them plenty of access to hay each day, this is important for healthy teeth and digestion.
  • Give them fresh vegetables, morning and evening but be careful which type. Carrots contain a high level of sugar which are bad for their teeth so these should be given as a treat. Ideally provide plenty of green leafy vegetables.
  • Rabbit pellet food can be provided in small amounts they do not need a large quantity of this.
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Is your rabbit at a healthy weight?

Milton Keynes Veterinary Group
Do you ever wonder if your rabbit is at a healthy weight? Your pet’s weight can depend on their breed, sex and age and therefore it will be individual to each animal.

We can assess whether our smaller pets are over or under weight by first looking at their overall size, look at your pet from the side and from above. You should be able to see a waist, if the waist is pronounced your pet may need to put on a few pounds or if the waist is not defined your pet may need to lose a few pounds.

You can also assess by feeling under your pet’s tummy, their tummy should go in and not bulge out.

By running your hands over the side of your pet, you can assess if the skin moves freely over their ribs and should be easy to feel under a thin fat layer.

You can also run your hands along their back, you should be able to feel their hips and spine easily under a thin fat later. For rabbits, check the area of the base of the tail also where the tail joins the spine, there should not be any build-up of fat here.
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Is your rabbit or guinea pig are a healthy weight?

Do you ever wonder if your rabbit or guinea pig are a healthy weight? Your pet’s weight can depend on their breed, sex and age and therefore it will be individual to each animal.

We can assess whether our smaller pets are over or under weight by first looking at their overall size, look at your pet from the size and from above. You should be able to see a waist, if the waist is pronounced your pet may need to put on a few pounds or if the waist is not defined your pet may need to lose a few pounds.

You can also assess by feeling under your pet’s tummy, their tummy should go in and not bulge out.

By running your hands over the side of your pet, you can assess if the skin moves freely over their ribs and should be easy to feel under a thin fat layer.

Run your hands along their back, you should be able to feel their hips and spine easily under a thin fat layer.

For rabbits, check the area of the base of the tail at where the tail joins the spine, there should not be any build-up of fat here.
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Obesity in Rabbits

When our rabbits become older they lead a slower pace of life, unless we monitor and adjust feeding patterns accordingly, there is a higher risk of pets gaining weight and becoming obese.

Obesity can be a contributing factor in the case of other conditions such as arthritis, heart disease and pododermatiitis.

It can also be dangerous in cases of anorexia as they will metabolise fat which can be lead to hepatic lipidosis.

Rabbits should have a diet of high fibre pellets, add lib grass, hay and greens to prevent obesity and to lose weight.
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What could you save on our Healthy Pet Care Scheme?

Our Healthy Pet Care scheme allows you to spread the cost of your pet’s vaccinations and preventative healthcare with a monthly fixed cost throughout the year.

Visit our Pet Health Care page to see full details of what our scheme includes.

Our fixed cost scheme will save you money over the year.

For example, our Healthy Pet Care scheme for a Rabbit would save you £29.06 over a year, for a Cat would save you £33.76, for a Medium dog (10.1-20kg) would save you £101.88 and for a Extra large dog (40.1-60kg) would save you £215.00. *This is according to our 2020 prices
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