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Rabbit health

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Rabbits are sprightly little creatures but are still vulnerable to some pesky maladies.

On this page we take a look at some common rabbit diseases.

How long do rabbits live for?

The average lifespan of a house rabbit is between 9 to 12 years. Generally speaking, smaller breeds have longer lives, whereas larger rabbits, like some giant rabbits, will only live to about 5 years.

How long do rabbits sleep for?

Most rabbits sleep around eight hours a day. Their body clocks are tuned so that they are at their most active in the morning and evening, and will tend to rest during the middle of the day.

Common Conditions
Rabbit sneezing

Just like humans, rabbits have a sneeze reflex that can be triggered by one of many things. The underlying cause for rabbit sneezing can be something as harmless as some mild irritation in the nostrils or a moderate allergy, to something more pressing like a bacterial infection or a toothache.


Check with your vet if you suspect your rabbit might have a problem. They will usually reach a diagnosis after checking your rabbit’s nasal cavity for any foreign objects.

Rabbit mites

Skin mites pose difficulties to many rabbits at some point. One common skin mite, ‘cheyetiella’, lives in the rabbit’s fur and leads to the development of crusting and a dandruff-like substance. This condition is often dubbed ‘walking dandruff’ and will usually affect your rabbit’s neck and tail.


Diagnosing skin mites is quite straightforward and the most common treatment given by vets is a topical pesticide.

Rabbit fleas

Flea symptoms on rabbits depend on the severity of the infestation and most commonly involve itching, scratching and biting of the affected area. To limit the possibility of infestations, make sure that the rabbit’s environment and fur is kept as clean as possible. Make sure any veterinary treatment you use is geared specifically for rabbits.

The content of these pages is for general information only. It does not constitute advice and must not be acted or relied on as being so. Veterinary advice should always be sought before applying this or any other information to any facts and circumstances concerning each individual pet.

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