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Rabbit Services

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.


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Dear Clients,

With the upcoming changes to masking requirements for Ontario, we would like to share our updated protocols.

As a large group working very closely together, our staff will continue to wear face masks to help ensure that we stay healthy and are able to provide the best medical care we can.

It has been so nice to welcome clients back into the clinic. As we ease into reopening, we will continue to keep our doors locked for the time being. If you require assistance, please call (705) 742-4243, or knock on the door and we will be happy to assist you.

Upon arrival for your scheduled appointment or surgery admission, please call to let us know that you are here. The doctor or technician will call you as soon as we are ready for you. At this time, they may ask you for some further information prior to you bringing your pet into the hospital.

We will be continuing to offer curbside pickup for food and medications at this time.

As always, as things change we will continue to update our protocols as we feel necessary. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to call us or email christinep@cahpet.ca


If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Champlain Animal Hospital