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Vaccines, spaying and vet info

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Finding a good vet
It is very important to find a good rabbit vet. Rabbits are not like cats or dogs, and what is ok for a cat may be deadly for rabbits. For example, there is an anaesthetic that can kill rabbits if it is used. Also rabbits should never be fasted for surgery. Rabbits cannot throw up, so there is no reason to starve your rabbit. Rabbits have sensitive digestive systems that can be easily upset by lack of food. See the House Rabbit Society web page for a listing of rabbit vets, or the Australian Companion Rabbit Society if you are in Australia. If you live in Melbourne, Australia, see the Vet page in the directory.

If you live in Australia, you will need to get your rabbit vaccinated against the Calici virus. Unfortunately there is no vaccine available for Myxo in Australia, so in Summer make sure your rabbit is not exposed to mosquitos. For rabbit owners in other countries, you will need to check with your vet to find out which vaccines your rabbit will need.

Spaying / Neutering
Female rabbits have a high chance of developing Uterine Cancer if they are not bred from or not spayed. There are enough unwanted rabbits in the world already so your best solution is to make an appointment with your vet to get your rabbit spayed. When male rabbits hit puberty, they get nasty. They mark their territory by spraying urine, and tend to be more aggressive. Male rabbits cost less to neuter than female rabbits, as the surgery is not as complicated. Please don't let your rabbits mate as there are so many unwanted rabbits waiting for adoption in shelters all over the world. After your rabbit has been spayed, you will need to look after her/him carefully for around 10 days after the surgery

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