Rabbit Care

Dr. Maria Zubiria and the whole team love bunnies!

APPOINTMENT

With a special interest in rabbit care.

Here at the Belmont Vet Centre, species-specific care is important to us and that’s why we like to offer a range of services and products to best suit and take care of your rabbit. This means we see and treat a lot of rabbits and are experienced in their general husbandry and in caring for a variety of bunny issues.

Our very own Dr. Maria Zubiria has a very keen interest in bunnies. Because of this we do see a lot of rabbits and are experienced in caring for a variety of bunny issues and general husbandry.

Get a new bunny? We can help!

When a new rabbit comes to the Belmont Vet for a check-up – we will check teeth, weight, ears and overall health of the rabbit. All new bunnies will have a faecal test performed so as to rule out the presence of the intestinal parasite Coccidia which can be fatal for young rabbits.

Dietary No-Nos

Chocolate, cereals, potato peel, rhubarb leaves, grains, nuts, seeds, corn, beans, peas, breads, biscuits, cakes, and lollies should be avoided.

Rabbit mixes are also not recommended because they are low in fibre, and packed with sugar and fat, which is the last thing your bunny needs.

Grooming and Dental Care

Regular grooming is recommended with rabbits, as well as checking their nails and teeth.

Rabbit teeth grow continuously throughout a rabbit’s life, averaging 3mm per week.

Chewing hay will help to wear their teeth down.

Here at the Belmont Vet Centre – we have the tools needed to file or burr down teeth should they become too long and create an issue.

Litter Training

Rabbits can be trained to a litter tray with minimal effort. You can use a litter tray lined with newspaper, then padded up with lots of hay.

Bunnies like to chew and poo at the same time.

They will even eat their own faeces as they digest all that fibre by passing it through twice. If your rabbit is going to be a house rabbit, we recommend at least 2 litter trays, to begin with. If there are any “accidents”, try placing a tray in that particular area, then moving it inch by inch to a more socially acceptable place. Your rabbit will get the idea.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are a vital component to pet health and protection against potentially fatal diseases. Our core vaccination protocol at the Belmont Vet Centre is as follows:

  • 1st vaccine is at 8 weeks of age. –Calicivirus
  • Then one month for 2nd vaccines.

After that we recommend that all rabbits receive a vaccine every 6 months to protect them against all current strains of the Calicivirus Disease.

Calicivirus Disease is a life-threatening disease which can affect a rabbit within 12-18 hours of transmission. It is a virus with a high mortality rate, so we like to make sure all bunnies are as protected as possible.

Unfortunately, there is no vaccination for rabbit disease Myxomatosis. As Myxomatosis is spread by mosquito bites, we cannot stress enough the importance of both putting mosquito proof netting on your outdoor hutches and keeping your bunny away from stagnant water.

Do not use Aerogard or other human products.

Nutrition

The single most important ingredient in a rabbit’s diet is hay which should make up 80 – 90% of their diet – the best of these being either good quality Timothy or Oaten Hay.

Good quality pellets, such as Oxbow Rabbit pellets, are another great source of fibre for your bunny. Only one tablespoon per rabbit, per day.

In addition to this, green leafy vegetables should also be given.

A rough guide would be 2 packed cups, per kg of rabbit body weight a day.

Veggies we like to include:

  • broccoli
  • herbs include parsley, dandelion, coriander, basil, dill, and mint.
  • cabbage
  • celery
  • brussels sprouts
  • green peppers
  • spinach leaves
  • bok choy
  • beet and carrot tops.

Please Note: If your bunny has not eaten for over 12hrs please bring them into the clinic as soon as possible

Treats:

These are fine, in small quantities of 1 – 2 tablespoons per rabbit daily.

Great rabbit treats include:

  • root vegetables – carrot, turnip, and sweet potato
  • fruits – apples, pears, and strawberries.

They would even love some celery leaves.

We treat you and your pets as family.

We look forward to seeing you soon!
If you need immediate assistance, our contact information is below.

Location

208 High St.
Belmont VIC 3216
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Hours

Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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