It is important to give your rabbit a health check once or twice a month. As rabbits are notoriously good at hiding when they are sick! Although this is a good survival tactic in the wild! For pet rabbits, hiding their symptoms can make it hard for owners to know when to seek vet attention. It is easy to carry out a health check on your rabbit. First place the rabbit on a non-slippery surface or wrap in a blanket; never leave your rabbit unattended on a table as it will probably try and jump down, from whatever height. If your rabbit is hard to handle it can be easier to do this with the help of a friend. If you notice any problems during a health check, you should call your vet immediately and describe any issues you may have...

Owning and caring for rabbits can be great fun and very rewarding, but it’s a big responsibility and a long-term commitment in terms of care and cost. Rabbits are a popular favourite pet for children, but it is important to remember that they typically live for 8-12 years. So you need to be in it for the long haul! After all everyone wants their pet to live a long and healthy life, so whether you’ve had a rabbit for years or you’re just contemplating getting one it is important to know some rabbit care basics in order to create a safe, loving environment for the furriest member of your family. From diet and housing to bunny proofing and grooming learn some tips for helping your rabbit to live the long and happy life that they...

We all know how important it is for us to stay hydrated, but it’s just as essential for our pets. Their bodies are made up of approximately 80% water, which plays many important roles from regulating body temperature to providing cushioning support for joints and internal organs. It also helps digest food, transport nutrients and eliminate waste. For these reasons, it’s important to provide your pet with access to fresh water at all times – especially during summer when animals lose more fluids through panting or sweating, and their water sources evaporate more quickly. Although it might seem ridiculous that you have to cater to your pet’s water preferences, it’s crucial to do it. After all, we prefer certain types of drinks over...

A debate has been going on in recent years over the importance of vaccinations. In human medicine an increasing number of parents are opting not to vaccinate their children, which is causing concern for health officials. Veterinarians are also concerned that a growing number of unvaccinated pets increase the risk of a disease epidemic.

The importance of vaccination cannot be underplayed, and the success so far of the World Health Organisation’s ‘global polio eradication campaign’ is an illustration of the real value of large scale vaccinating. However, we also need to balance this with the risk of side effects. In the 1990s a type of cancer was linked to inoculations for rabies, necessary when exporting animals to some countries...

Winter is here! Dig out those winter jumpers, dust off the skis and chop the firewood – but don’t forget to spare a thought for your pets that also need special attention in the chilly months. Here are some tips to keep your pet happy and healthy through the winter.

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Top of the list is a warm bed. Cats, especially older moggies, just love warm spots near the heater or a cosy box lined with warm blankets.. As a special treat, include a snugly heatpad and hear that puss purr! Cats always seem to find the spots where the warm sun hits, but beware – their curious nature can lead them to some dangerous places, such as the tumble dryer, or under a car. Always check for your feline friend before you back the car out of the...