How do I choose a healthy rabbit?
Feel the rabbit’s body - A healthy rabbit will have a small amount of fat over its ribs and a soft tummy. If the rabbit has ribs that are very easy to feel and a large, bloated tummy it is likely unwell.
Check the rabbits skin and bottom - Rabbits are very clean animals, so if the rabbit is dirty, especially around its bottom, it is a concern. Rabbits can get fleas and mites so part the hair and check for any parasites or skin rashes.
Check the eyes and nose - The eyes should be open, bright and clear and there should be no discharge. There should also be no discharge form the nostrils.
Check the teeth - The front teeth should be even and meet well, and there should be no lumps under the jaw. Lumps under the jaw can be a sign of a tooth root abscess from diseased or damaged back teeth.
The right temperament - A happy rabbit will be bright, alert and interested in meeting you. A rabbit that sits away from the other rabbits and does not want to approach you is not a good choice.