How to Care for Your Pet Rabbit


Rabbits. Rabbits are delightful. We think of rabbits of being quiet and passive
creatures and that is totally not the truth. They are smart, they can be curious, they
can be devious, they can be aggressive. So do your homework on rabbits before you
get them. This is a lion head you can see, very cute. There are lots of different breeds of rabbits. Most important things to know about rabbits
is they don’t need vaccinations. They should not be kept outside because or
in hot weather unless they have shelter and a breeze and something cool because they are
susceptible to heat stroke and fly strike. The other things to know about rabbits is
they are herbivores. They require high hay, quantities of hay all
the time. Only when they’re young should they have alfalfa
hay so they need mostly timothy, oat brome, orchard grass, grass hays. As they age, they should have hay at all times. They also should have only a limited amount
of pellets in their diets because they are prone to obesity. I always tell my students that rabbits are
like little horses, everything they know about horses they can translate to a rabbit. They are hind-gut fermenters, so that means
that their intestines are sensitive to any change in diet. Like guinea pigs like hamsters, one should
never change the diet on a rabbit rapidly. Rabbits do not need treat foods either. As a matter of fact treat foods with the honey
sticks, exc, are contraindicated in these guys. Um other things to know about rabbits are
if you have a female rabbit, they should be spade at a young age if you’re not using them
for breeding purposes. Because at least 80% of all female unspade
rabbits will get uterine cancer. And this is a preventable disease so spade
your female rabbits if you’re not going to breed them and spay them at an early age if
you can, anywhere after six months. Rabbits are not necessarily more prone to
anesthetic problems than any other animal, so having a good team on your anesthesia doing
your anesthesia Rabbits are fairly easy keepers they’re low keepers. You should know never house them on pine or
seeder bedding and that goes both for rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, all your little rodent
species. The pine and seeder bedding can be irritating
to their feet can be irritating to their lungs. The others things that we see that are the
most important is that their going to be chewing on something constantly and they should never
have a rapid change in diet. They are sensitive to different kinds of antibiotics
so if your rabbit needs care, make sure you take them quickly to someone who knows which
antibiotics are safe. The things to watch out for are any change
in appetite any change in stool production in a rabbit is a cause for concern and you
should seek care immediately. What do you think kid? It’s a beautiful little rabbit. You should be comfortable holding your rabbit
and make sure they don’t kick with their rear end because they can fracture their backs. Be careful with them also in household and
rabbit proof your house because they can chew on cords and they can chew on carpet. And they can get in trouble that way as well. So keep an eye on your bunny if he’s out and
about, they can climb on your bookshelves and they’re much more athletic than you think
but they’re great pets, live about 6-8 years, they can live up to 14 years with the proper
diet. No honey sticks please and no big treat fruity
items.

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