You, your rabbit, and Covid-19

With coronavirus at the forefront of our minds, important to consider those around us, as well as our pets at this time.

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With coronavirus at the forefront of our minds, important to consider those around us, as well as our pets at this time.

At the beginning of the pandemic, there were fears about cats passing on the virus which made us wonder whether other pets could as well?  

Can coronavirus be passed on by rabbits? 

Worrying about the ownership and care of rabbits during such unprecedent times can feel overwhelming and confusing. Current evidence suggests that humans cannot catch Covid-19 from small pets like rabbits, and you cannot infect them with it either. 

Providing enrichment and food 

If you own rabbits and you’re worried about reduced stock of shop bought vegetables or financial burden on purchasing them during possible reduced income, check out our foraging advice (link to new foraging for rabbits article) which will give you a list of safe plants to pick and grow and a guide on how to grow food for your rabbits. 

If you now find yourself at home with the children due to school or work closures, check out our enrichment advice for lots of useful ideas for enrichment your children can make for your pets. They are fun and easy to make!

Other things to consider 

  • As you go into the self-isolation phase, it would be wise to consider ensuring you have enough food and medication if needed for your pets, or check that you have means of it being delivered during the recommended isolation period. 

  • As the virus affects people in different ways, it would be wise to ensure you have support from friends or family who can take care of your pets, especially pets living outdoors that you may not be able to get to should you become bed bound or seriously unwell. 

  • During the cleaning of small pets like rabbits, it is wise to keep the room well ventilated or wear a mask to prevent dusty bedding irritating the symptoms you may have. Although there is no link to bedding being a problem, common sense would suggest that dusty environments during illness related to respiratory complications is best minimised or avoided. 

  • Ensure you remain up to date with your veterinary practice's availability, and plan so you are prepared should you need to use their services.  Joining their Facebook page or checking their website should offer you the most up-to-date advice. 

  • Remember to follow good hygiene rules and wash your hands regularly. 

While your pets are not aware of what is going on, they trust and rely on you to keep them safe and happy. Whilst a few small changes may need to be made, owning your small pets should remain an enjoyable and rewarding experience. 

The companionship that our pets give us during our times of need is immeasurable; they have no idea what’s going on in the big wide world because their world revolves around their owners.  Keep yourself safe and they’ll stay safe too. 

Looking for more advice? 

If you are still concerned about your pet during this time, please do not hesitate to contact us.