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Bunny owners please read on...

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Here are some top tips to keep your bunny happy in the summer months:

Tip 1: Diet is Everything

95% of rabbits going to the vet will have diet related problems. Whether it's teeth, eyes, tummy upsets or fly strike, almost every condition can be linked to inappropriate diet. The majority of a rabbit's diet should be grass and hay, supplemented with a small amount of Supa-rabbit XL each day. On top of this you should feed it fresh vegetables - but not too many, you want your rabbit to eat as much hay and grass as possible. Remember your rabbit will need a fresh supply of water to drink each day.

Tip 2: Guard against Myxomatosis

Your rabbit should be vaccinated against to help reduce infection. Myxomatosis which is a serious and usually fatal disease, is caused by a highly contagious virus, transmitted from rabbit to rabbit by mosquitoes and fleas. There is no cure, only supportive therapy which usually fails. In high risk areas the vaccine should be given every six months. Additionally we would recommend you treat your rabbit against fleas to further reduce the risk.

Tip 3: Prevent Fly Strike

Fly strike is officially the most distressing disease known to vets and rabbits! In short, a rabbit gets eaten alive by maggots when flies, attracted to dirty conditions, lay their eggs on the rabbit's fur. We recommend cleaning out hutches every day, checking their bottoms for any sign of fly eggs and treating them with a prescription product to stop maggots developing. Ask your vet for more information about this product.

Tip 4: Worm your Rabbit

Rabbits can suffer from a brain parasite called E. Cuniculi. Affected rabbits often develop a severe head tilt and cannot remain balanced - a distressing thing for all concerned. Worryingly over 50% of rabbits are infected so regular worming is essential.

Tip 5: Get your Rabbit Insured
Insurance for your pet is something we strongly recommend as veterinary fees can be expensive. There is no National Health Service for animals but many people want the same quality of care and treatment for their pets. Many of the more complicated procedures can cost hundreds of pounds. Petplan have a policy especially designed for rabbit owners. Please ask for advice if you are unsure.