Have you recently adopted a bunny? Rabbits are very fun and adorable little pets. Of course, caring for rabbits is quite different than caring for dogs and cats. Your pet’s basic needs are fairly simple. Floppy will need a comfy cage, a good diet, and lots of fresh grass hay. However, good bunny care doesn’t end there. An Auburn Hills, MI vet offers tips on keeping rabbits happy and healthy below.
Bunnies can get restless and unhappy if they’re stuck in their cages all the time. Floppy will need several hours of free time every day. Before you let your furball out to play, you’ll need to do some bunnyproofing. This entails removing or securing anything that could be dangerous for her. Toxic plants, plastic bags and ties, small or sharp objects, chemicals, and medications are a few things you’ll want to address. You’ll also need to put away, cover, or apply taste deterrents to things like baseboards, wires, and furniture legs. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Rabbits have open-rooted teeth, which never stop growing. Wild rabbits wear their choppers down on tough plants and roots. Pets have much softer diets, so they need lots of chew toys to gnaw on. This doesn’t have to cost much. You can make many chew toys out of common household items. For example, the cardboard tubes from paper towel rolls make great bunny toys.
Bunnies are very clean, and they do groom themselves. However, it can be very dangerous for Floppy to ingest fur during her daily beauty rituals. Kitties can expel swallowed fur in the form of hairballs. Rabbits, however, can’t do this, so ingested fur can cause serious intestinal issues. Floppy should be brushed regularly, especially when she’s molting. You’ll also need to trim your pet’s claws.
We recommend that bunnies be spayed or neutered. Your furry friend will also need regular exams. Although rabbits are not required to be vaccinated, your vet may recommend vaccinating Floppy against Myxomatosis and Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus. Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule. At home, watch for signs of illness, such as unusual vocalizations, teeth grinding, lethargy, and reduced appetite. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything wrong.
Please contact us, your Auburn Hills, MI vet clinic, for all your bunny’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!