Do my rabbits need vaccinating?

ALL RABBITS MUST BE VACCINATED AGAINST MYXOMATOSIS AND VHD and from the 1st January 2017 new strain of RVHD2. 

Rabbits who are being vaccinated for the FIRST TIME (or who's vaccinations are overdue) with either the combined Myxo/VHD vaccination or the vaccine for the new strain of  RVHD2, must be immunised 21 days before checking in - this is for the vaccines to become fully effective.

Can you tell me more about the 'bunny suites'?

There are three bunny suites. The Blossom, the Blubell Suite and the Honeysuckle suite. They are all 6ft long x 3ft wide divided by a wire/perspex partition and fitted with a privacy board where the bedroom/balcony area is. The partitioning is open topped as it is just over 4ft high. We access each suite through a safety gate fitted with a perspex sheet.

Each suite has a plastic pet bed filled with straw, a foot stool to jump on, a litter box, toys and a plastic tunnel or a wooden playsticks bridge. We also fill cardboard tubes with hay to keep our guests occupied.

We can offer bunnies water from a glass bottle or a heavy ceramic bowl.

Whichever suite your rabbit stays in, they will get a colour co-ordinated box to keep their personal belongings in during their stay.

What if my rabbit has never seen other rabbits?

We monitor guests closely when they arrive.  If we feel 'anybun' needs a little more privacy when settling in, we can fit an additional privacy board so they can't see their neighbours, although they will be able to smell and hear them.

Why does my rabbit have to be neutered/spayed to board with you?

There are a few reasons why we made this decision.  Mainly for both Male and female rabbits health benefits but also to prevent any unwanted aggression and territorial spraying that we get within the boarding environment.  Un-neutered bunnies behaviour can change dramatically when they arrive in a new enviromnet, due to the combination of other bunnies smells and hormones.  We have had some distressed females pulling fur out and nest building in readiness for a phantom pregnancy, which is very upsetting for them and un-neutered males trying to dig their way through the partitions to get to a female on the other side.

You can find out more about neutering rabbits here:

Can I book for only 1 night?

We do usually ask for a minimum 2 nights stay, however, we can bend the rules to accommodate special circumstances. We clean all our suites and renew guests bedding and litter boxes in the morning, therefore, checking in and checking out days are charged in full.

What is your cleaning routine?

Daily:  All litter trays and hay boxes are fully replaced with new litter/hay every morning.  Each suite is fitted with non slip lino for comfort and hygiene, so that bunny berries can be swept from every suite and the floors and cleaned with detergent and water and disinfected with a veterinary disinfectant - Anigene

On Checking Out:  When a bunny checks out, their suite is washed down, steam cleaned and disinfected with a veterinary disinfectant Anigene, along with all litter trays. Floor and balcony areas are steam cleaned so everything is fresh and clean for new arrivals.

What can I or can't I bring?

All hay forage/bedding is provided, along with food and water bowls, toys, litter trays.  All we ask is that you bring your own 'pellet' food if you use a brand that we don't *supply, as a sudden change in diet can upset a bun's tum.  Don't forget to pack your bunnies favourite toys and blankets to help them settle in.

*We currently supply Burgess Excel (Adult & Junior/Dwarf & Senior) and Pets at Home Adult Pellets.

Fleeces or blankets are not included. If your pet brings any of these, please make sure you bring enough to see them through their stay. Bunnies usually settle quicker if they have something that 'smells' of them. During winter we can provide a carpet tile for guests to chill-out on, which can be taken home with you.

You don't need to bring your own litter box,  we have plenty here, and we like to disinfect everything that goes into the lodge. Sometimes it helps if you bring a little 'used' litter from your bunnies litter box at home, as their litter box here will then smell familiar to them.

We do ask that you DON'T bring your own indoor cages or outdoor runs, as we may not be able to accommodate them and we have nowhere to store them when not in use.

How do you keep my bunny cool in summer and  warm in winter?

In summer we run a fan on warmer days and provide bunnies with a cool tile to lie on and an ice pod.

In the chilly winter months beds are stuffed full of straw, as it has better insulating properties compared to hay. We can heat the lodge with an Eco Slimline Tube Heater. Heating is turned off at bedtime, when all guests are tucked up with a Snugglesafe hot water bottle. Pets can bring a sheet or fleece blanket with them - so they feel super cosy during the colder nights!

My bunny can't jump onto a stool - how will he enjoy the balcony?

We have a special ramp to make it easier for disabled or elderly bunnies to get onto the balcony area.

Will my bunny get garden time?

We're really sorry but due to the fact that grass and earth can't be disinfected between guests. Long staying guests will have supervised play times in a run, on our patio.

What will happen if we are delayed on checking in or checking out?

If you are delayed please let us know (by phoning us) as soon as possible.  I do have other commitments and schedule my diary around pet check-in times. If you are delayed checking-in we can arrange an alternative checking-in time later that day or arrange a collection if you are local. 

If you are delayed on collection day please phone us asap.  We know that delays can happen both on the roads and at airports, and we will continue to look after your pet/s until you come to collect them.  If the Lodge is full we have the *Vanilla Villa in another building that can be used in emergencies like this. Your bunny will still be surrounded by their familiar things in the Villa so they settle. If your pet/s stay for an additional night we will only charge you for the extra night that your bunny is in residence. 

*Our Vanilla Villa is a large 5' x 2' luxury hutch in a seperate building where our supplies are stored. It's super cozy and fitted with non-slip vinyl flooring and has plenty of room for litter trays and toys.

What do you do if my bunny becomes unwell?

If your bunny becomes unwell we will contact you straight away and take your pet to our registered veterinary surgery Vets for Pets,  Altrincham Retail Park which is open 7 days a week or at Timperley Veterinary Centre.  But do remember that any charges resulting in a veterinary visit will be payable, by you, when your bunny checks out

We do ask that if your pet needs to see a vet (that after we contact you to confirm their vets visit)  that, if at all possible, you contact the surgery with your credit or debit card details. However, if this is not possible we can pay the bill on your behalf and any monies owing must be paid back to us when your pet checks out.

Bunnies that are unwell can be brought inside our home, in an indoor crate, so we can keep an eye on them if need be.  On rare occasions, very sick animals may have to be referred to either Cheadle Hulme A&E Vets or Vets Now in Whitefield, Manchester.  We hope this never happens, but you must be aware that their initial consultation fees start at around £90 to £134, if admitted before 11pm and increase after 11pm, as they are both 24 hour specialist A&E Animal Hospitals.

What will happen if my rabbits have a fallout while we are away?

If your bonded pair of rabbits do start fighting then they will be seperated immediatey for the remainder of their stay, as we can not risk either partner getting hurt, and you will be contacted straight away.  You will be updated daily on each rabbits progress until you return.

We monitor all guests closely. There are certain behaviours between a bonded pair that are acceptable and some that we have to act upon immediately.

You can read about what is and is not acceptable here: "When bonded rabbits fight"

Some rabbits are, naturally, more territorial than others. Most of our guests have multiple neighbours during their stay and don't bat an eyelid, the majority of rabbits like to see 'who' is next door and enjoy the company of other bunnies - even through the partition.  However, nobody quite knows how their pets will react when they are in a new enviroment.

Can I contact you for updates while I am away?

Of course!  We feel that is is such an important part of your bunnies stay with us, that we now have an exclusive 'Keep in touch with your pet' service.   You will be able to see updates of your pet on our Facebook Page or we can send photo updates via WhatsApp.  If you don't have a smart phone, don't worry, we can send text updates to you.

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