Rabbit Preventative Health


Rabbit


At the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney, we provide health checks, vaccinations and general information for the care of your pet.

We also offer in house laboratory tests and diagnostic imaging for our rabbit patients.

Our veterinarians are able to advise you on the following
  • Housing and bedding
  • How to rabbit proof your house
  • Socialisation
  • Handling
  • Toilet training
  • Exercising your rabbit
  • Flea and tick prevention
  • Control of gastrointestinal parasites
  • Any other problems

Health care recommendations

It is our recommendation that rabbits and guinea pigs are not housed in the same environment. Rabbits carry a bacteria known as 'Bordatella bronchiseptica' in their respiratory system. Although rabbits are not commonly affected by this bacterium, it can be fatal to guinea pigs.

We also recommend that all pet rabbits be de-sexed at 6 months of age. De-sexing reduces many of the health problems that your rabbit may face in the future. Rabbits are prolific breeders; most will be able to reproduce by the age of 4 months. After giving birth, rabbits can become pregnant again within 2 months.

A great majority of behavioural problems exhibited by rabbits are often induced by hormones. Commonly encountered behavioural problems include, territorial marking, aggression, fur pulling, barbering, and self mutilation. De-sexing your pet rabbit is the first step to controlling these behavioural problems.

Statistics indicate that up to 80% of female non-breeding rabbits develop large ovarian cysts or a malignant cancer of the uterus by the age of three. De-sexing your rabbit has been shown to prolong its lifespan from 3-5 years to 10-12 years.

Basic Health Care

Feeding the correct diet to your pet rabbit is essential. Many health problems of house rabbits are a result of an inadequate diet. Our rabbit friendly veterinarians will be able to advise you of the correct dietry requirements for your pet.

A full physical examination and dental exam is performed during your rabbit's health check.

Vaccinations

In Australia, rabbits are vaccinated against a disease known as Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD). This is an incurable and fatal disease caused by Rabbit Calicivirus. The virus infiltrates the liver and other internal organs, causing the rabbit to bleed spontaneously.

Rabbits are vaccinated according to the following regime

Age Number of vaccinations needed
 <12 weeks 2 vaccinations 
 >12 weeks 1 vaccination 

An annual booster vaccination is required for adequate protection against this disease.


Please Contact us if you would like to book you rabbit in for a health check.