Do I need to worm my rabbit

Tuesday, 31st July 2012

Dogs and cats are not the only pets to suffer from worms, E cuniculi is a particularly nasty parasite that infects rabbits. It is estimated that half of all pet rabbits have been exposed to this potentially fatal parasite. Infection is spread by urine or between baby rabbits and their mothers.

Tilting of the head, blindness, kidney disease and seizures are all possible outcomes of not treating this parasite.

It is not all doom and gloom there are ways of preventing this from happening and treating Britain's third favourite pet.

Panacur Rabbit wormer given twice to four times a year can provide protection for your long eared loved one. We have not tried it, but the manufacturers say it tastes good. It is in a syringe form for easy and precise dosing. It is a nine day course and depends on bodyweight.

Other tips for keeping them healthy include always worm when you first get your rabbit, before mating and mixing with bunnies.

Keeping them and their food away from wild rabbits is important too.

If you gather their food yourself, make sure that their are no wild rabbits nearby. Try to keep hutches away from wild rabbits too.

Using a suitable disinfect for their water, food areas and containers can be a useful preventative, as is separating housing.

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