Anatomy and physiology

Perfect hygiene is nearly impossible. For example, although the use of a separate sweeping brush for each hutch would be ideal and would restrict the spread of disease from one hutch to another, it would be impractical. Not many rabbitries are in a position to be able to use a different brush for each hutch. Total disinfection is also nearly impossible to achieve during the everyday cleaning out of the hutches.

However, there are many things that can be done to help restrict or minimize the spread of disease. The main one is to wash all tools and equipment whenever possible. These items should be washed every week without fail.

There are many types of disinfectants on the market from which the rabbit fancier can choose. The final choice will depend on the price and the use of the disinfectant which, in its undiluted form, must never come into contact with the rabbits. Many preparations contain properties that could poison a rabbit. If the disinfectant comes into contact with the rabbit’s fur, the rabbit will try to clean it off and perhaps poison itself.

Whenever a new rabbit is introduced to the rabbitry, it should be kept in a quarantine hutch at a distance from the main hutches. The rabbit should be carefully watched for any signs of disease or illness. Should any be detected, the correct diagnosis should be made and the rabbit treated accordingly. The water and feeding pots used by this rabbit should never be mixed with those of the other rabbits.