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Month: May 2016

What should you feed your rabbit?

As grazing animals, there are few things rabbits love more than tucking in to a good meal, but a Bugs Bunny carrot is not the best thing for a rabbit to eat. Here is farm and Pets guide to what to feed your rabbit.

 

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Hay

A great source of protein, fibre, vitamins and calcium hay should make up the bulk of your rabbits diet. Hay protects your rabbit’s digestive system and helps your pet maintain good, healthy teeth.

Alfafa should only be given to young rabbits as it is too rich in calcium and calories for adults. Timothy, grass or oat hay is more suitable and should be given to adult rabbit as an unlimited supply.

Veg

An adult rabbit should be given a cup of fresh leafy green vegetables, herbs and weeds per 2kg of weight. Rabbits should be given three types of vegetable daily to make sure your rabbit gets all the vitamin and nutrients it needs. New types of vegetables should be introduced slowly. For a full list of suitable vegetables please click here.

Pellets

A rabbit’s diet should be supplemented with a good quality fresh pellet. Look for a product high in fibre and low in protein. An adult rabbit should be given about a quarter to half a cup of pellets per 2.5kg of body weight. Rabbits should be given fewer and fewer pellets as they age.

Treats

High sugar fruits should never form the basis of a rabbit’s diet. carrots, apples broccoli and herbs can all be given as treats. You should try not for give your rabbit more that 50g of fruit a day because of the sugar content

Fresh water

A rabbit needs a constant supply of clean fresh water to stay healthy. If you are concerned your rabbit isn’t drinking enough, leave any fresh veg wet after cleaning.

 

Why you should worm your pet

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There are few things that make the skin crawl quite like the thought of an infestation of worms. A writhing ball of pale noodles wriggling its way through your pets gut is not a particularly pleasant thought. An infected pet might not even show any outward symptoms, but worms can cause an animal distress and illness, and even death. So make sure you work out a worming schedule with your vet.

Types of worm

There are two main types of worm that infect pets the tape worm and the round worm

Where do Pets pick worms up?

Pets can pick up worms from a number of places including eating infected animals, soil or faeces. Worm eggs can also be carried by common parasites such as fleas so it is important to flea your pet at the same time as worming in order to avoid reinfection.

Symptoms

While your pet may not show signs of infection at first, here are some signs to look out for

Worms in faeces, vomit or around the anus

Loss of weight

Coat loses condition

Bottom scooting

Bad skin

Reducing the risk

It is important to create a year round worming programme with your vet as there is always the chance of reinfection
Regular flea treatment
Maintain a clean environment for your pet. This includes proper regular cleaning of food bowls, emptying litter treys, and regularly cleaning out any enclosures.