Rabbits can pick up a variety of parasites. The most significant is E. caniculi, which infects the nervous system causing a head tilt and odd behaviour. It can be life threatening and is transmitted via urine and contaminated feed, so ensure good hygiene.
Worms can cause weight loss, weakened immune system and diarrhoea, so you should worm your rabbit 4 times a year to prevent them. Rabbits are prone to roundworm and tapeworm, both of which may be transmitted to humans (especially children). So again good hygiene is essential.
Rabbits can also be troubled with fleas, lice and mites, which live on the body, so keep an eye out for any of these. Preventative treatments are available as a spot-on.
Flystrike is a potentially fatal disease where flies lay eggs that hatch into maggots and feed off the rabbit. You should carefully monitor your rabbit especially in warm weather and there are preventative treatments available. Any signs of maggots near your rabbit’s bottom is a veterinary emergency and you should call us straight away.