Rabbits are delicate, affectionate and lovable creatures that can bond with their owners and the right companion rabbit. They can be toilet trained and are clean, quiet animals. Their behaviour changes as they grow from babies to adults. With a quiet home away from predators, the correct diet and a regular check-up from a bunny savvy vet, indoor rabbits can live to 12 years of age.
Bun Carer's Schedule
Rabbits like routine and this forms an important part of preparing them for their new homes. Also having a routine allows us to pick-up if a rabbit is unwell.
Critical Care For Rabbits
Critical Care(TM) is a superior pet food which can be given voluntarily or by syringe feeding to herbivores which are unable to eat their normal diet due to illness or surgery.
The Autumn Years
Longevity is complex and is reliant on health, wellbeing, hereditary and emotional energy surrounding a rabbit.
Does your bunny get their "5 a day?" 80% hay, feeding a variety of greens every day is the best way to keep your buns teeth and digestive system healthy.
Not all species or varieties of these plants have the same levels of toxins. Classification is based on the most dangerous plant of that species or variety.
Can you house your bunnies safely indoors to protect them from predators and viruses?
Hand Rearing Baby Rabbits
Find out how to do Infant Rabbit Care: hand rearing baby rabbits from our eBook
Find our about rabbit viruses, Myxomatosis and Calici, and how you can protect your rabbit.
Did you know that you can keep a wild rabbit if it comes into your care?
Find out more about wild rabbits
Please refer to our information sheets and links on this site for more detail about rabbit health. Rabbits are delicate, affectionate and lovable creatures that can bond with their owners and the right companion rabbit. They can be toilet trained and are clean, quiet animals. Their behaviour changes as they grow from babies to adults. With a quiet home away from predators, the correct diet and a regular check-up from a bunny savvy vet, indoor rabbits can live to 12 years of age.
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Bunnies can get mites, but they mainly get fleas if they are in contact with a flea infected animal. Mites can manifest in the ears or elsewhere on the body and is often referred to as walking dandruff. Never treat with mite spray from pet shops. It is important to get the correct diagnosis and medication for your bunny and DO NOT self diagnose. Never give medication suggested by pet shops or on the Internet without checking with your vet. Dog and cat medication is not always suitable for rabbits.
Bunnies can be vaccinated from 10 weeks old and a booster administered within a month to protect them from the deadly calici virus. Vaccinations should then be administered annually. Unfortunately, there is no vaccination available in Australia to protect pet rabbits against the lethal myxomatosis virus.
Male bunnies can be desexed at about 12 weeks old or as soon as the testicles drop (please check with your bunny savvy vet). Female bunnies can be desexed from 5 to 8 months of age (please check with your bunny savvy vet). Desexing your bunny will prevent cancers in the females, and calm temperaments and aggressive behaviour and stop urine spraying in the males. Do not attempt to bond a bunny that is not desexed.
Important Bunny Health Dates
Calici Virus Vaccination: It can be administered from 10 weeks old, a booster within 4 weeks of the first vaccination, then followed by annual vaccinations.
Desexing: Males: 12 weeks old or as soon as the testicles drop. Females: 5 to 8 months old (check with your bunny savvy vet.)
General: Regular checkups for diet advise, nail trim, teeth check, mites and general health with your bunny savvy vet.