There are estimated to be around 1.7 million rabbits kept as pets in the UK, making them the third most popular mammalian pet after cats and dogs.

pic-rabbitThere are many different breeds and varieties of rabbit, varying in size, body shape and personality. Typically, rabbits live for 8-12 years, but some may live for longer.

Owning a rabbit is great fun and very rewarding, but it is a big responsibility and a long-term commitment, so here at Braid Vets we are committed to helping your new bunny get off to a good start.

Therefore we recommend a series of visits to the practice for regular health exams and advice. We encourage you to bring your new rabbit in the first few days after his/her arrival. This enables our vet to carry out a full health exam to give you peace of mind. Our vet or veterinary nurse will then run through our rabbit pack, covering topics including the Braid Vets Health Plan, feeding, pet insurance, neutering, preventable diseases, environment, behaviour and companionship.

To enable pet owners to spread the cost of preventative and routine treatment, we have designed our own practice membership scheme – the Braid Vet Health Plan, bringing pet owner’s peace of mind by providing their pet’s preventative healthcare needs.

We recommend 2 vaccinations, starting from 6 weeks old in order to prevent two common and fatal viral diseases. These are Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic Disease.

Once your rabbit has had its first vaccinations, we then invite you to return with your rabbit for further check-ups, at six months old with a vet, and at nine and twelve months with a Veterinary Nurse, to monitor health and development and to address any issues you may be experiencing.