Have you recently adopted a bunny? Rabbits are adorable pets! These little guys can live as long as 10 to 15 years with good care. Of course, caring for a bunny is quite different from caring for a dog or cat. As your Marion, IA vet, I offer some basic tips on keeping bunnies healthy below.
Floppy will need a roomy, comfortable cage. The cage should have a solid floor, and must be large enough for her to hop, stand up, stretch out, and play. You’ll also need to add a suitable substrate, a hide box, food dishes, and a water bottle.
Proper nutrition is very important! Grass hay should make up the bulk of your pet’s diet. You can supplement this with commercial food and bunny-safe fruits and veggies. Ask your vet for specific advice. Of course, in addition to monitoring what goes into your furry pal, you’ll also need to monitor what comes out. Digestive issues can be very dangerous for rabbits! Constipation, diarrhea, and/or other issues all warrant an emergency call to the vet.
Bunnies have open-rooted teeth, and can develop many painful dental problems. You’ll need to provide Floppy with lots of suitable chew toys. (Tip: many wood, wicker, and cardboard items are fine.)
Rabbits need several hours of free time every day. Floppy will get restless and unhappy if she doesn’t get enough time out of her cage! You’ll need to do some bunnyproofing to protect your pet and your belongings. Ask your vet for more information.
Just like any other pet, bunnies need to see their vets regularly. In between visits, watch for signs of illness, such as dry, matted fur, nasal discharge, lack of appetite, grumpiness, lethargy, teeth grinding, and/or fever. If you see any of these red flags, or anything else that seems off, contact your vet immediately.
Generally, rabbits are curious, playful, and rather opinionated, not to mention adorable. Pay close attention to Floppy, and spend time with her every day. The better you know your pet, the easier it will be to notice if something is wrong. It’s also important to inspect your rabbit regularly, and look for signs of illness or injury.
Please contact me, your Marion, IA vet, with any questions or concerns about your bunny’s health or care. I’m here to help!