Rabbit Diet

In the wild, rabbits eat fresh grasses, weeds, leaves and bark. Rabbits fed on commercial diets can develop teeth problems because they are low in fibre; obesity because they are high in energy; and they will often feed selectively, picking out pieces that are low in calcium, which can lead to problems with bones.

An ideal diet would consist of 70% hay, 28%% greens and 2% pellets. This would be a big handful of hay, about the size of your rabbit, a handful of greens twice a day and a couple of tablespoons of pellets.

Vegetables that are good to feed rabbits include: Dandelion leaves, cabbage, celery, chickweed, carrots, peas, lettuce and peppers. The occasional sprig of herb, slice of apple or a couple of berries, a few times a week are good treats.

Fly Strike

This is commonly seen in obese rabbits in the summer months. Urine scalding and sticky bottoms are common triggers for fly strike. Once the eggs hatch the maggots will eat the rabbit alive!

It can be prevented by keeping your rabbit and its environment clean, checking your rabbit's bottom regularly, preventing obesity and using fly repellents licensed for rabbits such as Xenex Ultra spot-onĀ® or RearguardĀ®.

Rabbit Vaccinations

Rabbits should be vaccinated once a year against Myxomatosis, which is spread by insects and Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease. We see a lot of cases of Myxomatosis, so keeping up to date with vaccinations is very important.

Rabbit Neutering

We would recommend all non-breeding female rabbits are neutered to prevent against uterine adenocarcinoma, a common cancer in older rabbits. Other reasons may include to reduce aggressive and/or hypersexual behaviour, nest building and fur pulling. Generally rabbits are spayed at 5-6 months.

Routine castration of males is recommended from 4-5 months of age. We recommend this procedure for the reduction of aggressive or hypersexual behaviour, to prevent breeding and stop urine spraying.