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Daily/ Weekly Check
Rabbits are very good at hiding signs of illness or injury so you should get up close and personal every day to check they are well and happy. See below for your daily check list.
There are some things that will take a little more time to check so I have included these in the monthly check list below.
Then of course there's a professional annual check with qualified vet advice at your local veterinarian centre. The usual vet procedure for an annual check is outlined below...
Additional Health Check Vet Advice
Understand and know what they eat (favourite foods) and drink (usual quantities).
The vet may need this information later!
I don't mean
Monitor their general activity levels and habits. Any changes to normal behavior can alert you to a potential medical problem. This symptom checker may help...
If you keep an eye on your rabbit like this, you can prevent any possible disease from progressing and in turn possibly saving their lives by getting them to the vet in time to receive the appropriate treatment.
Quick action can save your rabbit’s life.
This is a run down of what you can expect to happen when you take your rabbit for their annual health-check...
Veterinary Evaluation and Exam
How Often Should We Go For Vet Advice & Checks?
I was a little disappointed when I went online to find a symptom checker when I thought my 'Kisses' was poorly. Most of the symptom checkers on the Internet at the moment are nothing more than a series of questions directing you to make an appointment with a vet or buy medication of some type.
Just Not Good Enough!
I decided that these types of symptom checkers are not really what you need when you are genuinely worried about your rabbit's health. They also have a very limited number of symptoms listed in the first place.
So I made my own... JustRabbits Quick Symptom Check Chart
I am currently working on another, very extensive check system that will be database driven and cover just about any health related issue a rabbit may encounter in it's lifetime. Sign up to my blog to get the announcement...
But That's Not All!
The Just Rabbits database driven symptom checker will also link to the breed and variety of rabbit you may have. Rabbits of different breeds have different problems and certain illness related behaviour can also be a particular trait of a certain breed. So I felt adding this element was important!
Another thing I noticed about the average symptom checker; they are extremely basic, they don't give any indications as to why your rabbit may be showing signs of illness or injury. But also, they offer no additional advice on what actions to take to calm any symptoms, or list any ways to prevent such a problem happening again.
The Just Rabbits Symptom checker will be based on vet advice from qualified veterinarians from around the world and will be the best on the Internet!
The following information is aimed at UK rabbit owners, vaccinations are not yet available in all countries (such as the USA), contact your vet to see if it is available to you.
There are always questions when it comes to vaccinations for pet rabbits, hopefully the following will answer the main ones:
How do vaccines work?
The vaccination works by stimulating the antibodies to set up a protective screen against the disease. This protective response is remembered and triggered whenever the rabbit encounters the disease. This protects them from contracting these diseases and so stops them becoming ill.
Why Vaccinate my Rabbit?
There are lots of reasons but the main ones are as follows;
How do I get my Rabbit Vaccinated?
Your vet will examine your rabbit to check that it is healthy prior to vaccination. They will also advise you on which vaccinations are appropriate for your rabbit depending on its age, lifestyle and history.
When Should I Vaccinate my Rabbit?
In young rabbits, maternal antibodies are said to start to disappear progressively between the 4th and 7th week of life. A rabbit’s first vaccination should be given at about six to eight weeks, before this age the kitten is protected by its mother’s immunity, as long as the mother was herself vaccinated.
How Often Does my Rabbit need Vaccinating?
Rabbits need vaccinating every year in most areas. Traditionally the vaccinations for these diseases have been required to be given at separate times but there is now a combined annual vaccine available.
What Should my Rabbit be Vaccinated Against?
In the UK all rabbits should be vaccinated against Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease.
There are three vaccines licensed for rabbits in the UK:
Which rabbits should be vaccinated?
All rabbits, even rabbits kept indoors most of the time can be bitten by a mosquito or flea carrying this disease.
Will it work?
No vaccine can be guaranteed to provide 100% protection. This is because the vaccine works by stimulating your rabbit’s immune system and if the immune system is not working properly for any reason, the vaccine will also not work properly. However, for the vast majority of rabbits vaccination will provide excellent protection against Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease.
How much do rabbit vaccinations cost?
Most vets offer a discount for two rabbits done at the same time, sometimes up to 10-20% off.
Generally the cost for each rabbit can vary from £12 to £30 each. There is quite a large price difference between one vet and another so if you are lucky enough to live in an area with lots of vet practises, it may pay off to shop around. This would only be advisable if you don't already have a registered vet, as if you do, your own vet will know your rabbit (hopefully), and your rabbit's medical history will be on file.
Microchipping your rabbit gives them the best chance of being identified and returned to you if they become lost or stolen.
Rabbits can be microchipped very easily but it depends on their species, size and condition.
Check for vet advice on microchipping your particular rabbit by asking JustAnswer. They'll give you advice straight away.
The cost can be as little as £12 per rabbit.
A tiny microchip is inserted in the fold of skin behind the head. This gives your rabbit their own permanent, unique code.
The microchip can be scanned and checked against a huge pet database such as the national PetLog database. The database contains your name, address and phone numbers.
If your rabbit is found away from home, most vets, animal shelters and local authorities will have a scanner to read the microchip and retrieve your details.
Your rabbit can then be returned to you safe and sound.
Why is microchipping Important?
You may think to yourself;
But rabbits are expert escape artists and a very high percentage of rabbits found are not chipped and are moved to rescue centres or re-homed.
However, all micro-chipped rabbits are reunited with their
owners within a few hours.
National Microchipping Month
June 2013 saw the he start of National Microchipping Month, promoting the importance and benefits of getting your pet microchipped.
The price of microchipping fell to only £12 per animal.
Most microchipping service providers have kept that low price and some even offer a mobile service. If you are one of these providers, enter your details below and we help promote you! Hopefully we can have details of microchippers in every area!
If you are a vet specializing in rabbit health, we'd love to have your input on this page. See if there are any questions from visitors that you can answer. We'd all love the professional advice you can offer.
If you offer any health service for rabbits including microchipping, we'd love to hear from you too. Let's get all our bunnies chipped and never lost again!
If you have a niggling question or you are worried about any aspect of your rabbit's health, why not share your problem here? Someone out there is bound to be able to help, they may have had the same thing happen to them.
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