These days, bunnies and rabbits aren’t just around for Easter, they are cherished members of families all over the world. They are cute and fluffy bundles of joy, but they also require a lot of care and attention. As they are a newer kind of pet, most owners need extra guidance to learn how to best take care of their rabbits. Our veterinary team is here to help! Simply call us at 705.742.4243 to ask any questions about your rabbit and to schedule their next appointment.
How is a rabbit different from a cat or dog?
One of the most common mistakes that people make when welcoming a rabbit into their home is thinking that they are low-maintenance pets. In reality, owning a rabbit will require just as much effort as owning a cat or dog. The main difference is that rabbits are less likely to show their pain or illness to you. This is because they are prey animals, and as a defence mechanism, they have the natural tendency to hide their weakness. For this reason, you need to pay closer attention to their health and take them in for regular checkups. Some symptoms that you should always keep a lookout for are: lethargy, swollen face, altered gait and excess fur shedding.
What should I feed my pet rabbit?
Fresh hay should be the staple of your rabbit’s diet. When they are still young, alfalfa hay is the best option. As they become fully grown, grass, oat and timothy hay variants will be the best source of nutrients. Remember to only feed your rabbit hay that looks and smells fresh. Avoid mouldy or brown-coloured hay. Rabbits can also eat lettuce, celery and other green vegetables. They can even eat pellets and fruits such as bananas and pineapple.
Do rabbits need to be spayed or neutered?
Definitely! In addition to doing your part to prevent unwanted breeding, having your pet rabbit fixed will give them a chance at a better quality of life. Rabbits who have been spayed or neutered tend to live longer, have more relaxed personalities and are less likely to develop cancers and urinary tract infections.