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Rabbit safety outdoors in Andover

To keep your rabbit healthy, outdoor exercise is highly recommended – but you must be aware of possible hazards.

Your garden may look safe, but some plants can be poisonous to small animals. There may also be weak spots where predators could gain access, or your rabbit could wander off into the great unknown.

And, of course, there are invisible dangers – like life-threatening viral diseases. So, before you let your rabbit roam, is their vaccination for VHD (viral haemorrhagic disease) up to date?

To make a vaccination appointment, or if you’re concerned about your rabbit’s wellbeing, get in touch with our vet team in Andover so we can help.

Update your rabbit’s vaccinations

Making your garden risk-free for your rabbit

You can also take some simple precautions to secure your garden, meaning the environment is safer and predators like foxes, cats and dogs can’t enter. And you want to make sure your rabbit can’t run off, of course.

Our top tips include:

  • Setting aside a specific area of the garden for your rabbit, as it’ll be easier to monitor
  • Making sure your fence is at least four feet high
  • Putting wire mesh underneath fences to a depth of 30cm (to prevent digging)
  • Checking regularly for escape holes
  • Never using weed killers, pesticides, insecticides, particle fertilisers or slug pellets anywhere near your rabbit’s grazing area
  • Never leaving your rabbit unsheltered from the weather

Plants that are poisonous for rabbits

Sadly, some of the prettiest plants are the most damaging if eaten by a rabbit. If you suspect your pet has eaten a poisonous plant, contact us immediately for advice.

Common plants that are toxic to rabbits include:

  • Geranium
  • Privet
  • Horsetail
  • Ivy
  • Bulb plants (most including daffodils)
  • Yew tree
  • Deadly nightshade

If you’d like to read a full list, the House Rabbit Society is very useful.

Plus, if you’re unsure about identifying a risky plant, contact us with your photographs and we’ll be happy to help. We also run an out-of-hours emergency clinic, so if the need arises, call us on 01264 352323.

Ask us about poisonous plants

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