Common Health Issues in Rabbits
Flystrike – This unfortunately is fairly common; it is very distressing and can often be fatal. It is caused mainly in warmer months when flies lay their eggs either on any sore areas around the rabbit’s bottom or in their hutch. The eggs then develop into maggots that will eat away at the rabbit. You can help prevent flystrike by keeping the environment clean (always use a pet-safe disinfectant), removing any wet bedding, using appropriate preventative products and keeping your rabbit healthy, an overweight rabbit cannot groom itself efficiently.
Overgrown Teeth – A rabbit’s 28 teeth continuously grow, if the teeth are not ground down by gnawing and grinding hay etc. they can become overgrown and may need to be clipped by a vet. Rabbits can also get fur caught around their teeth which you must remove. Always provide plenty of fresh hay and gnawing material.
Digestive Problems – A change of environment, over-handling and rapid changes to diet can cause problems. These disorders can be fatal, therefore if your rabbit stops eating or you noticed a bloated stomach or diarrhoea please contact your vet immediately.
Myxomatosis and VHD (Viral Haemorrhagic Disease) – Myxomatosis is caused by a virus spread by biting insects, and quickly leads to blindness, swellings around the genital areas, difficulty eating and death. We recommend that you have your rabbit inoculated against these diseases.