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We recommend all rabbits to be fed a diet of:
 

  • 85% fresh hay and grass. As a general rule, your rabbit should consume its own size in hay or grass every day. While fresh grass is the best option, we also recommend good quality dry hay such as Timothy or Meadow Hay. You can buy this online or from pet shops, but do make sure that it is free of grit, dust and damp.
  • 10% fresh washed vegetables and herbs. See a full list of safe and recommended options compiled by Rabbit Welfare UK here.
  • 5% of supplementary rabbit nuggets. The best quality you can afford, and remember to follow the instructions on the bag when feeding. Rabbit muesli, pellets or nuggets should never be given as a substitute to hay or grass.
  • Rabbits should always have access to fresh clean drinking water.


We do not recommend feeding your rabbit muesli as this is typically a sugary, incomplete diet. Rabbits are fussy and will often eat only their favourite parts of the muesli and leave out essential nutrients. Muesli also causes serious dental issues as it does not wear down rabbits teeth as other foods do.

If you are changing your rabbit’s diet, please do this gradually, over the course of 2-4 weeks, by replacing small amounts of muesli with hay and grass and leafy greens.

We also recommend that you avoid giving carrots and fruit to your bunny. Contrary to popular belief, carrots are actually incredibly high in sugar. A carrot for a rabbit is like a whole bar of chocolate for a human! Too many carrots can cause weight gain and gut problems – so give them to your bunnies only as special treats.

If you have questions about your rabbits’ diet, or you are concerned that they are not receiving all of the required nutrients, please do not hesitate to get in touch and have a chat with a member of our veterinary team.
 

Further information resources:

Why should I vaccinate my rabbit?

These vaccinations protect your bunny from three fatal diseases that are occurrent in the UK. By vaccinating your bunny, you ensure that they are protected and that the spread of these diseases is reduced.

There are two separate vaccinations available for bunnies and we strongly recommend that your bunny has both.

Vaccinations protect your rabbits from:
 

  • Rabbit Viral Hemorrhagic Disease 1
  • Rabbit Viral Hemorrhagic Disease 2
  • Myxomatosis

These diseases currently have no cure, and in most cases are almost always fatal.

How often should I vaccinate my rabbit?

We recommend that you vaccinate your bunny annually to ensure their continued protection. Full ‘head-to-toe’ veterinary health checks are also provided during each vaccination as standard. This is to make sure that your pet is healthy, to spot any underlying issues and to address and other concerns that you may have.

If you are unsure whether your rabbit needs to be vaccinated, give us a phone on 0141 339 1228 and a member of our team can have a chat with you about your bunny.


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