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Why we make rabbit health a priority

Rabbits are the UK’s third most popular pet1 and the phenomena of ‘house rabbit’ ownership is soaring2.

MSD Animal Health knows that the bond owners develop with these intelligent, fun, characterful pets can be strong and that’s why keeping our pet rabbits healthy is a priority.

Whether they live in the home or outside, the UK’s estimated 1.3 million pet rabbits3 have different healthcare needs at each life stage.

Working with veterinary surgeons and nurses, MSD Animal Health can offer animal health professionals and rabbit owners the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management tools.

These include offering protection against diseases such as Myxomatosis or Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD) through vaccination.

MSD Animal Health supports campaigns such as Rabbit Awareness Week to help highlight the care needed to protect the mental and physical wellbeing of pet rabbits and we work with partners such as Burgess to support these efforts to improve welfare.

MSD Animal Health’s unique service for pet owners and vet practices in the UK, MyPetonline is a resource for expert health and care advice for rabbits written by veterinary experts in rabbit care such as Matt Brash MRCVS.

Features include caring for a baby rabbit, latest dietary advice and preventative health care for rabbits. Rabbit owners using the site can also check for latest disease outbreaks through alerts from Disease In My Area and find their nearest vet with VetFinder.

To safeguard health and wellbeing and protect them from potentially fatal disease, we suggest rabbit owners take their animals to the vet for annual vaccinations and regular health checks. If you have any concerns regarding your rabbit, always consult a veterinary healthcare professional.


1.    Rabbit Awareness Week 2015