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Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus and Rabbit Vaccination in New Zealand
Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease, also known as Rabbit Calicivirus Disease, is caused by Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) is a highly contagious, usually fatal disease that can affect all domestic and wild rabbits.
Problem behaviour in rabbits - digging and chewing
Some behaviours such as digging and chewing are normal behaviours for rabbits. Here are some tips on how to stop them becoming a problem.
Are rabbits the right companion animal for you?
Rabbits can bring enormous joy to our lives. If you are thinking of adopting rabbits or if you already have the pleasure of living with rabbits, then this guide may help you to make the most of your time with these wonderful creatures.
Creating an enriching home and environment for your rabbits
Rabbits can live happily either indoors or outdoors, or both!
What to feed your rabbits
Rabbits are herbivores, which means that they need a plant-based, high-fibre diet. Hay and grass should form the basis (85%) of your rabbits’ diet. The remainder of your rabbits’ diet should be fresh vegetables (10%) and a small amount of pellets specifically designed for rabbits (around 5%).
Keeping your rabbits healthy
If your rabbits have a healthy diet, plenty of space, and at least one compatible companion rabbit they should live a happy and healthy life.
Litter training your rabbits
Litter training your indoors rabbits is a great way to make life easier for both you and your rabbits.
How to safely handle your rabbits
Rabbits are sociable animals who will enjoy lots of attention and company from you. However, some rabbits may not be used to being handled.
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Desexing your companion rabbits saves lives
Domestic rabbits are a popular companion animal in New Zealand. However, many owners do not have their rabbits desexed, which can lead to health problems and overpopulation.