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Owning rabbits has its highs and lows – from watching them jump for joy to the holes they dig in your garden. It’s a journey we call Pethood, and our community of pet experts and fellow owners is here to support you and your rabbits with advice about health, behaviour, nutrition and more.

    • Behaviourist's Corner

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      ‘Here, Hoppy!’ – how to train a rabbit to come on command

      Rabbits are a social species, and while their instinct is to interact with other bunnies, your pet will also enjoy being sociable with you. Our expert explains how you can use that special time to train your bunnies to hop over when called.

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      Nip bunny biting in the bud

      Are you the owner of rabbits that occasionally like to nibble on you? Clinical animal behaviourist Rosie Bescoby explores what may be causing this perplexing behaviour and what you can do to prevent it.

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    • Vet's Corner

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      What you need to know about head tilt in rabbits

      Head tilt may sound like a cute bunny quirk but, as Petplan vet Brian Faulkner explains, it can point to serious health issues. Here, he shares his advice on spotting the signs, and explains the steps you should take to help your rabbits.

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      Four steps to healthy teeth

      Rabbits are prone to dental issues, but it’s often easy to miss the signs. So we’ve rounded up expert advice on how to maintain your rabbits’ dental health and spot the symptoms when there’s a problem.

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      Fearful bunny behaviours explained

      Rabbits in the wild survive by avoiding predators, and your pet bunnies have the same instincts. Here are some of the everyday things that frighten them, and how you can help them overcome those fears.

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      Bunny health- common skin conditions

      Did you know that your rabbits’ skin and fur can be a good indicator of their overall health? Petplan vet Brian Faulkner explains what certain conditions may be telling you about your bunnies’ wellbeing, and how you can keep them in tip-top health.

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    • Vet's Corner

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      Rabbit Weight Issues

      There isn’t one perfect weight for rabbits – as with all pets, breed and size make a huge difference. In order to determine if a rabbit is a healthy weight, vets use a body condition scoring scale, which can easily be done at home following our step-by-step guide.

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    • Vet's Corner

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      Getting to the clinic

      The journey to the vet need not be a traumatic experience for your rabbit, and with the right preparation, stress levels can be kept to a minimum for both of you

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    • Behaviourist's Corner

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      Do you speak bunny?

      Unlike dogs or cats, which make obvious efforts to ‘speak’ to us by barking or meowing, rabbits are generally quiet creatures. So how can we decode rabbit language to better understand what they’re feeling?

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    • Pet Life

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      Rabbits at Christmas

      Flex your creative skills and share the Christmas cheer with your furry friend this year. Here, Mel Tibbs explains how to make three nutritious and delicious homemade bunny treats, perfect for the festive season.

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    • Vet's Corner

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      Hair necessities: what you need to know about rabbits and moulting

      You may have noticed that your fluffy friends have begun shedding their winter coats already, or perhaps they drop their fur all year round. Whatever the season, the amount of fur your rabbits lose can provide an insight into their overall wellbeing. Kim Sullivan lists a few things to look out for.

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      Help your bunnies beat the heat

      As the temperature rises, so does the likelihood of your rabbits overheating. To help keep your bunnies cool and healthy this summer, we’ve rounded up our best heat-busting tricks.

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    • Behaviourist's Corner

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      Better bonding with your bunny

      Rabbits may not be as expressive as cats and dogs, but there are still lots of ways to recognise when they’re content. APBC-accredited animal behaviour counsellor Rosie Bescoby shares her expert advice on rabbit bonding.

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    • Vet's Corner

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      Rabbits in the Summer Heat

      Rabbits don’t handle heat especially well – it’s not as if they can slip out of their fur coats and fix themselves an iced drink. They can suffer from heat stress and become ill very quickly when exposed to high temperatures, so it’s our job as owners to provide relief from sunny weather.

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      Rabbit Care

      Our infographic is full of fun stats, fact and top tips about the wellbeing of our furry friends.

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    • Behaviourist's Corner

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      Why is My Rabbit Pulling Fur Out?

      As a rabbit owner, you may be worried if you see your bunny pulling out her own fur. However, fur pulling or plucking is usually a normal behaviour, predominantly seen in female rabbits. Behaviourist Inga MacKellar takes us through three of the most common reasons for this puzzling habit.

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    • Vet's Corner

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      Bunny eye care

      Bunnies should always have clear, healthy eyes, but even the healthiest, happiest rabbit can be prone to eye problems. Here’s what to look out for and how to keep your bunny bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

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    • Pet Life

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      DIY Christmas gifts for your bunnies

      Make the festive season special for your rabbits with these three safe and easy-to-make Christmas presents, perfect for bunnies.

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    • Pet Life

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      Cleaner living conditions for your rabbit

      Following a few simple guidelines from the Rabbit Welfare Association will mean your bunny can live in comfort and stay in excellent health.

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    • Pet Life

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      What I'd buy my bunny for Christmas

      How better to celebrate the joy that your pets bring you, than by giving them a festive treat? To help you find the perfect present, we´ve asked three experts for their top recommendations on fun, safe and healthy gifts for your furry friend.

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    • Vet's Corner

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      Rabbit Health: Five Tips for Bouncier Bunnies

      Healthy, happy rabbits need plenty of space to run around in and the opportunity to behave as they would in the wild. Here, the Rabbit Welfare Association (RWAF) shares some useful tips on keeping your bunnies bouncing with good health.

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    • Behaviourist's Corner

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      Rabbit Body Language

      Recognising certain bunny behaviours can help you to understand what your rabbit is feeling. Mel Tibbs looks at three classic signals bunnies use to communicate, and explains what they mean.

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    • Vet's Corner

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      Rabbit Food and Nutrition

      The snacking habits of Bugs Bunny and Peter Rabbit are not to be copied! Deirdre Vine offers nutritional guidance about the sort of nibbles rabbits should get their teeth into for a healthy hop, skip and jump.

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    • Behaviourist's Corner

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      Do I Have a Lazy Rabbit?

      Rabbits are sociable and like to keep active. A bored bunny can become destructive and even depressed. Mel Tibbs explores some top tips to keep your rabbit happy and engaged and your carpet intact!

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    • Vet's Corner

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      Rabbit Diet and Health

      Vets report that four out of five rabbits coming into practice have a health problem that is directly related to poor diet, such as obesity, overgrown teeth and constipation. The good news is that many of these are easily prevented once we understand a bit more about what our pet rabbits should be eating and why.

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