Too many times I have heard this terrible sentence at animal shops when they try to sell a poor bunny: “and you don’t need to take it to the vet”. Do not believe it, IT IS A LIE.
A bunny needs to go to the vet maybe more than a cat or a dog and not carrying it is endangering their health. And also, you must go to the exotic veterinarian.
Like children, it is very important that you vaccinate your rabbit. These little ones can catch several serious and even fatal diseases if you don’t; and you should know that it is not enough to vaccinate them once in a lifetime, you have to do it every year.
The price of vaccines is usually between € 20 and € 30 depending on the vaccine and the clinic where they put it.
It is advisable to leave a minimum period of 15 days between one vaccine and the next so that the rabbit has time to create the antibodies that have to protect it against diseases.
I recommend that you ask your go on the matter, he will clarify your doubts better than anyone.
It is a disease that is transmitted by mosquito bites or fleas or by contact with another infected rabbit. This disease is fatal in almost 100% of cases and is very difficult to detect.
It is convenient to vaccinate rabbits against it one every 6 months, preferably in spring and autumn, especially if they go out or live outdoors.
It is an extremely contagious disease that can cause death within 3 days. It is also a very painful disease for the bunnies that causes internal multi-organ bleeding in the liver, kidneys, intestines and trachea.
This vaccine is annual, so vaccinating them approximately every 12 months is enough.
Viral hemorrhagic mutation
The virus that causes hemorrhagic fever has mutated and is as deadly as its previous version. That is why it is very important to also give them this vaccine.
Like the previous one, it is annual, but being more expensive than the others, it is normal for the veterinarian to wait for several bunnies to open it and vaccinate them all at once.
As I said before, mosquitoes, fleas and other insects can cause serious diseases to rabbits. For this reason it is very important to put the pipette regularly to prevent them from being bitten.
The pipette costs usually not more than € 15 and it is advisable to put it every month in summer and every three months the rest of the year.
I do not mean to bathe them, I already told you that they are very clean animals, but to other problems they may have.
I You may not know, but the teeth of these little creatures are always growing. That is why it is important to check that they grow straight and that the hay files them enough. Otherwise it could cause many problems and strong pain to the bunny.
You may also need to cut their nails. My rabbits don’t usually have that problem because they spend the day digging anywhere and file them alone. There are many people who cut their bunnies’ nails at home (always with special scissors) but I couldn’t, Tambor moves a lot and I would be afraid to hurt him.
You also have to check their ears to make sure they are not accumulating wax. This problem is more common in lop bunnies.
All these procedures do not usually imply any economic cost apart from that of the visit itself. Cutting the nails is completely free and if they have wax in their ears, the only thing you hace to do is buying ear drops.
The problem could come with the teeth, but if the rabbit has a diet rich in hay and visits the veterinarian regularly it would be detected in time.
Another of the heinous lies I have heard in animal stores is that rabbits need not be sterilised. FALSE
In the case of males you can choose if you want to sterilise them or not, but if you they develop the heat I advise you to do it soon. They can get aggressive and pee everywhere to mark their territory. After castrating them this behaviour ceases, so it is recommended.
With females, the situation is different. If you don’t sterilise a female bunny she has an 80% chance of developing cancer in the uterus or ovaries. For this reason, the only case in which you wouldn’t have to sterilise her would be if you wanted her to have babies.
Rabbits usually undergo this intervention after six months of age when they are large enough to be out of risk with anaesthesia.
After the surgery they will have to pass a postoperative period in which you will have to give them antibiotics and analgesics and help them to eat if they do not want to do it. They are somewhat soft and upset for a while, but they have had surgery and it is normal.
In total, including the surgery, the analytical and the medications, sterilising a rabbit usually costs about € 300, something more if it’s a female. It may seem expensive but, unlike vaccines and pipettes, you only have to do it once.
Like us, rabbits can have other diseases. The most common is a cold, if you notice that they sneeze a lot, that their nose is always wet take them to the veterinarian as soon as possible because if it is not complicated it is easily cured.
Another problem that can be fatal is the intestinal blockage. If your rabbit has a healthy diet, with abundant hay and I quality pellets, nothing should happen to it, but you should always pay attention in case it stops poo take it to the veterinarian as soon as possible. I would dare to say that intestinal blockage is one of the factors that causes more deaths in rabbits.
Finally and although it is more rare we can not forget the fungus on the skin. If you notice that their hair falls in areas and you get to see bald areas on their skin your rabbit could have fungus on the skin. It is not a serious problem that can kill it, but it can cause discomfort. You should keep in mind that if you have several rabbits they could be infected.
I hope I have helped you to have a little clearer the medical care that rabbits need, as well as the financial outlay that it will entail. If you have any questions I am delighted to help you, but it is always better to consult with your veterinarian.