Pet Insurance for Rabbits
Do You Really Need It?

Taking out pet insurance for rabbits is a personal decision. Most rabbits, when fed a healthy diet, live very healthy lives and rarely if ever need to go to the vet. However, if your rabbit gets an intestinal blockage or catches a respiratory infection, you may need some expensive treatment.

Coverage will vary depending on the insurance company. Typical problems that will be covered include hairballs, accidents, infections in the eyes and ears, fractures, gastroenteritis and problems with the skin or respiratory system.

If you show your rabbits a lot, they are coming into contact with a lot of strange animals that may or may not be ill. It may be worthwhile to spend money on pet insurance for your most valuable animals in case they come down with something contagious like pasteurella or bordatella. Likewise, very special pets may catch something like this if you take them out and about. They may pick it up somewhere and then you have a sick rabbit on your hands that needs several rounds of antibiotics.

In the United States, rabbits do not get any vaccinations. In Europe, they are vaccinated against Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD), also known as Rabbit Calicivirus. This is a devastating disease. Without the vaccination, rabbits that contract it get ill very quickly and die.

The United States has so far been able to keep the disease out. It helps that our wild rabbit population is a different species than our domesticated rabbits, which are descended from the wild rabbits of Europe. Our wild rabbits don't catch RHD.

In the past 5 years, there have been about 3 RHD outbreaks in the US in different rabbitries. In these instances, the USDA comes in and eliminates all animals on the premises. The entire property is disinfected and no rabbits are allowed there for at least two years.

The USDA treats it just like the Avian Flu and bird flocks. All animals that may potentially have been exposed are eliminated. While this system is hard on pet owners, it has successfully kept the disease at bay in the US.

Bordatella is a respiratory infection that can be treated successfully with antibiotics. Pet insurance would certainly come in handy, as blood titers are needed on a regular basis to track the success of the treatment. Pasteurella is often diagnosed every time a rabbit has a runny nose. Ask for a culture because bordatella has the same symptoms. Pasteurella is not curable while bordatella is.

Pets that get too many treats may end up with gastroenteritis. Insurance would definitely come in handy in these cases. Injuries and other problems can also end up being expensive. If you have the extra funds, you may want to invest in coverage in case something does happen.

Some pet insurance for rabbits plans also cover alternative treatments like chiropractic, acupuncture and massage. Animals often respond very well to these kinds of treatments, so it may be worth exploring them to find out if you have practitioners near you.

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