Routine home checks for your rabbit
If you are concerned about any aspect of your rabbit's health, contact your vet.
Ears – look inside to check they are free from flaking patches, mites or fleas, which can carry diseases.
Eyes – should be clear, shiny and free from discharge. Dull or swollen eyes or discharge can be symptoms of illness which may lead to blindness.
Nose – ensure this is free from watery discharge
Mouth – ensure there is no excessive drooling and that front teeth are not overgrown.
Bottom – should be clean and not sticky or wet, a sign of poor diet or malnutrition. Any droppings attached to the fur should be washed off. Rabbit bottoms must be checked at least once a day to prevent “fly strike” (maggot infestation) which can be rapidly fatal.
Droppings – check for any changes in the appearance of droppings
Feet – make sure the feet/toes haven't been injured and that no sores have developed
Nails – check these are not overgrown – they can be carefully trimmed with pet nail clippers
Fur & skin – check for cuts, wounds, bald patches, scurf or dandruff which can be a sign of mites or fleas
Limbs – check for any signs of injury.