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What care does my rabbit need?

Posted by Claire Cable on 13 June 2017

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Rabbits are great pets that have character, are extremely sociable, enjoy the company of humans and are a great way of introducing young children to pet ownership. They are quiet, clean and are easily toilet trained. While rabbits love company, they can be left alone during the day and are therefore suitable for people who work or are away from home.  A rabbit can be housed indoors (secure any cables!) or in a predator-proof enclosure: Ensuring their safety is essential.  An appropriate enclosure is a hutch that is divided into two connecting compartments, one a wire mesh to allow access to natural light and fresh air, while the other is enclosed...

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Why should I get my rabbit vaccinated?

Posted by Vetcall on 31 May 2013

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All pet rabbits should be vaccinated against Viral Haemorrhagic Disease.  This disease is highly contagious and rapidly fatal and is caused by a Calicivirus.  This virus was introduced into New Zealand several years ago to help control the wild rabbit population.  Your rabbit does not need to have direct contact with wild rabbits to catch the disease. The earliest your rabbit can be vaccinated is ten to twelve weeks of age followed by a booster vaccination at fourteen to sixteen weeks.  A health check and booster vaccination is recommended annually thereafter in all rabbits. Click here for more information about the new strain of rabbit calicivirus which is soon to be released...

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