Bringing Your Pet to the Surgery

Your pet should always be transported in a secure, escape-proof carrier. This will help to keep the pet calm and ensure their safety. You can line their box with a towel or shredded newspaper (rather than hay or straw) and food does not need to be withheld.

Rabbits are sociable animals and can make great pets.

There are many different breeds and varieties, varying in size and colour, and it is worth investigating which one will be most suited to you. Their active, social nature means they can easily become part of the family, and they will need plenty of exercise.

House rabbits can be kept indoors and even trained to use a litter tray. Rabbits housed outdoors should be in a secure, sheltered cage. In the summer, they will need checking several times a day to prevent problems such as flystrike. In the winter months, their cage should be moved into a garage or other similar shelter.

Rabbits are susceptible to potentially fatal diseases such as myxomatosis - we strongly recommend vaccination against disease.

They can also be affected by internal parasites, and their continually growing teeth can cause health problems.

Rabbits can be very rewarding pets, but looking after them can take some thought and planning. Our veterinary nurses have much experience of rabbit care and their free rabbit clinics are ideal for clients who have just taken a new rabbit into their home or who would like general advice on rabbit husbandry.