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Can you let house rabbits out in the garden?

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As the days get longer and the nights get lighter, it’s tempting to let your house rabbit into your garden to enjoy some sunshine and outdoor fun.

But is this change of scenery a good idea for your pet?

Petplan takes a looks at whether you should let your house rabbit into your garden during the warmer months…

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Do rabbits need company?

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Just like humans, rabbits are incredibly social animals who thrive when they have company to play and bond with.

But rabbits don’t just need company – they need the right company.

When found in the wild, these highly sociable animals naturally live together in big groups – so keeping your bunny on their own is depriving them of a fundamental need to be in the company of their own kind. Therefore, it’s vital you keep rabbits in pairs to keep happily bouncing around so they avoid becoming lonely or stressed.

Petplan has put together a guide to help you understand the social needs of your rabbit and learn which rabbits best complement each other and live well together…

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Viral Haemorrhagic Disease in rabbits: what you need to know about the cause, symptoms and vaccination

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Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (RVHD) virus continues to be a cause for concern for many rabbit owners.

The summer of 2016 saw several outbreaks of RVHD (as well as its mutated form RVHD2) and owners should remain vigilant against this deadly virus.

Petplan looks at the causes, symptoms and precautions that you can take to ensure your rabbit remains as safe from infection as they can be…

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Stories from the surgery: why myxomatosis symptoms and treatments are vital to know about

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Each month Petplan vet Brian Faulkner takes a look at some of the issues he comes across in his day-to-day life as a practising vet.

This month Brian takes a look at how to spot the symptoms of myxomatosis in pet rabbits and what can be done to treat it…

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Rabbit care guide: How to make sure your rabbit is healthy and happy

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A vast majority of people put a great deal of thought and care into deciding whether to get a cat or a dog – but often the same amount of consideration doesn’t go into deciding whether to get a pet rabbit.

As well as being the UK’s third most popular pet, rabbits are also amongst the most neglected. The Scottish RSPCA rescued more than 700 abandoned rabbits last year, but warns that many more are living miserable lives in lonely hutches.

Petplan takes a look at how you can avoid the many pitfalls of rabbit ownership and ensure your pet lives a happy, contented life…

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The mystery of chocolate unwrapped

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Following the post-Christmas lull, chocolate is big on the scene again with Easter just round the corner. But before you decide to treat your cat, dog or rabbit with a taste of your chocolate egg, remember that it’s toxic for them. But why is the treat, which we consume more at Easter than any other time of year, so bad for our pets?

The active ingredient in chocolate is the cause of the problem. Theobromine is a stimulant similar to caffeine and is very difficult for cats, dogs and rabbits to break down.

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Spring in their step

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Spring is a glorious time of year, and there’s no better way to enjoy it than being outdoors with your pet. Following on from our first blog about spring-cleaning for you and your pet, here we remind you of the importance of lifestyle changes and springtime dangers to be aware of.

Grooming galore

Just as you pack away the winter wardrobe, and lay off the gloves and hats, your pets have lifestyle changes too, to accommodate the change in seasons.

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Time for a Spring clean

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Spring has nearly sprung! For our pets, the excitement of the new outdoor ventures to come is nigh, and for us it’s an opportunity to put the last signs of winter to bed.

In the first of our two-part blog about the advent of spring, we explore how to spring-clean and dust-bust your home for you and your pet.

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Top five pet events of 2014

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There are many exciting pet events taking place in the UK this year, whether you want to show off your prize pooch, raise money for pet charities, or just find out more about your four-legged friends – there’s something for everyone. As we don’t want you to miss out, we’ve selected our top five for you to pop into your diary:

1. National Pet Month
1 April-5 May, throughout the UK
Spread the word about responsible pet ownership and celebrate life with your pets by taking part in National Pet Month.

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Body scoring: how to check your pet’s weight

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Body condition scoring is a useful method to determine whether your dog, cat or rabbit is at a healthy weight. This can be especially useful at this time of year; the indulgences of the festive season can affect our pets just like us. But being underweight is unhealthy too. Here, vet Brian Faulkner takes us through the 3 simple steps of body scoring your four-legged friend.

There isn’t a single ideal weight for pets. Greyhounds are slimmer than St Bernards, while Siamese cats tend to be thinner than large breeds like the Bengal.

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