We know that many families choose rabbits as pets because they are seen to be relatively easy to care for. Most of us realise that they need company, a comfortable home, lots of nice fresh grass and vegetation to eat, and access to clean water.
But sometimes this is not enough. Even rabbits housed indoors are at risk of catching viruses, and in the hot weather blow flies can lay eggs that hatch into flesh-eating maggots. Rabbits also get worms, and suffer from a bladder and brain parasite called E. cuniculi, which is better prevented than having to work out a cure.
We have been able to protect pet buns from the fatal infections Myxomatosis and Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) for many years now with a vaccine. But then the VHD virus adapted into a new variant called VHD2. It took a while for us to develop a vaccine against this form, but it is now available.
We recommend the following health care protocol for all pet rabbits:
1. Vaccination against Myxomatosis, VHD and VHD2 viruses annually.
2. A Spot-on protection against fly strike that lasts for several months. Give this annually at the beginning of the summer.
3. A health check at least every six months and
4. Twice a year worming to reduce the risk of E. cuniculi
Our Pet Care Plan for Rabbits costs just £8.50 per month. It used to cover all the above before we had the additional vaccine. Now we have included the vaccine against VHD2 for no extra cost, making it even better value!
We also have great Plans for cats and dogs. All our Plans include a 10% discount off all our other services and products, and as many free of charge claw trims as the little people require.
We find our pets on the Plan are more likely to get the health care they deserve, and with over 1,000 clients on our Plans, we know it is a winner! If you would like more information, ask one of my friendly team on 01444 456886, or go to themewesvets.co.uk/pet-plans