As well as dogs and cats we also provide services for your smaller pets including rabbits and guinea pigs. They require special care and attention to keep them healthy and happy.
Contrary to popular belief, rabbits are more difficult to look after than some other small furries. They need a specific diet and living conditions in order to maintain good health and mental wellbeing.
Rabbits are able to live indoors and outdoors however most do prefer one or the other. It is very important to provide enough living space and enrichment for your bunnies to prevent boredom or stress.
Feeding the correct diet to your bunnies is extremely important. Hay should make up most of your rabbit’s diet as it provides essential dietary fibre as well as keeping their teeth in good condition. Pellets should only make up a small amount of their diet and you should avoid feeding muesli type diets as this will encourage selective feeding, resulting in your bunny not getting all the nutrients it needs. A small amount of fresh vegetables and fruit can be given as treats but only ones that are safe for bunnies to eat should be fed (see links below).
The most common problems we see with bunnies at the vets are teeth problems which can be caused by poor diet, genetic defects or a combination of both.
As with dogs and cats, you should bring your rabbits to the vets at least once a year for an annual health check and for their vaccinations. The vet will check their weight, listen to their heart and lungs and also examine their teeth.
These small furries make excellent pets and are especially good with children. Unlike rabbits they are less likely to kick or bite therefore making them easier to handle. As with rabbits they also require a diet predominantly consisting of hay. They too can be fed a small amount pellets and fresh fruit and veg. See links below for lists of foods safe for them to eat.
Guinea pigs should also have an annual health check with a vet. Guinea pigs are very good at hiding when they are poorly; therefore if you suspect they are unwell please seek veterinary advice immediately.