Are you starting out 2019 with a pet bunny? The start of a new year is a great time to take a look at your pet’s care regimen, and see if anything could be improved. In fact, why not add Floppy to your resolutions? As your Marion, IA vet, I suggest some great resolutions for people with bunnies below.
Groom Floppy Regularly
Brushing your bunny will help remove dead fur and dander from her coat. This is especially important when Floppy is molting, as it can help prevent her from swallowing her own fur, which can be very dangerous. It’s also a great way to spend time with your furry companion! In addition to brushing, you’ll also want to clip your rabbit’s claws regularly.
Offer Lots of Free Time
Floppy will get restless and unhappy if she doesn’t get enough time outside of her cage. Make sure your bunny gets enough free time. We recommend that rabbits get at least 4 hours a day outside of their cages.
Provide Plenty Of Chew Toys
If Floppy doesn’t have enough chew toys, she could develop painful dental issues. Keep your furry pal’s toybox full. You can make lots of great toys out of plain paper, cardboard, and wood. Look online for great DIY ideas.
Hay, Hay, Hay
Hay should make up the bulk of your cute pet’s diet. Make sure Floppy always has plenty of fresh grass hay to nibble on.
Bunnies aren’t particularly careful about what they chew on, so you’ll need to carefully bunnyproof your home. This isn’t just to protect your belongings: it’s also to keep your cute pet from chewing something that is dangerous for her. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Most rabbits should come in at least once a year, though your vet may recommend more frequent visits. In between appointments, keep a close eye out for signs of sickness, such as lethargy, unusual vocalizations, stiff or unusual posture, or reduced appetite. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything that could be an indication of illness.
Rabbits are very cute and fun pets, and really have a way of melting hearts with their adorable faces and charismatic personalities. Spend lots of time with Floppy this year, and pay attention to her.
Happy New Year! Please contact me, your local Marion, IA veterinarian, anytime. I’m here to help!