What to look for in a Rabbit Boarding Provider

Guest Blog Post from Lauren at Four Little Paws Petcare

  • Are the owners experienced and knowledgeable? 

    • Do they own rabbits themselves?
    • Any qualifications?
    • How long have they provided the service for?
    • Are references available? Reviews on website or Facebook page?
  • Do they use grass runs? The answer should be no, as its no possible to disinfect grass to remove the risk of infection or parasites
  • Is the accommodation well maintaining, of a suitable size, predator and weather proof? I’d recommend a visit to make sure the accommodation looks as good as the photos.
  • Do they board other species? Are predators boarded nearby? Such as dogs, cats, ferrets etc…
  • Do they have access to a rabbit savvy vet with an out of hours service?
  • Can they provide any special care the rabbit needs? Such as administering medication, level access accommodation…
  • Are the owners home all day or do they work? How much time do they spend with the rabbits?
  • How often are they cleaned out? What procedures are used to clean between guests? Should be high strength veterinary disinfectants like Anigene, Virkopn, Arklens…
  • Do they ask all rabbits are vaccinated?
  • What’s included in the price? Are hay and veggies included or extra?
  • Will they send you updates whilst you are away? Have they asked for an emergency contact?
  • Have they asked you to fill out booking forms, and sign a veterinary consent? Have they asked about your rabbits health, diet and routine?
  • Always visit and speak to the person who will be providing your rabbit with the daily care
  • Check their knowledge on common rabbit illness and problems
    • Do they know the signs of stasis and associated problems?
    • Do they know what EC is and how to prevent cross infection?
    • Do they know how to avoid and check for fly strike