Rabbits make great additions to households for pets. Bunnies are very popular, especially with children. With great care and regular veterinary checkups, a rabbit can live up to 12 years. To schedule an appointment for your rabbit’s routine exam, call us at 519.641.8383.
When should I spay or neuter my rabbit?
Our veterinarians recommend having your bunnies spayed or neutered between 4-6 months old. The same benefits that cats and dogs have from spay or neuter surgery are extended to rabbits. Unspayed bunnies are more likely to develop uterine cancer after they turn two years old. Before surgery, our team will run tests to ensure that your furry cottontail friend is healthy for anesthesia.
What foods can I feed my rabbit?
Bunnies naturally eat plants, and so their bodies digest greens, vegetables, grass and fruits best. The foods that you should feed your bunny include:
1. Grass hays
2. Collard greens
5. Rabbit Pellets (in small amounts)
The treats that you give your bunny can include pineapples, blueberries and red or green bell peppers.
You should avoid feeding your bunny include bananas and grapes as they may become addicted and refuse to eat other foods. Other examples of foods you should avoid feeding your pet bunny are:
These foods are rich in starch and fats and may harm your bunny.
How can I care for my bunny?
- Provide them with a good-sized cage. The cages that your bunnies live in should be big enough for them to hide in. They should have a separate space for feeding and for their litter box. You should also have a box full of hay as this is their perfect hiding place.
- Give them toys that engage them. Hard plastic toys are safe for bunnies to chew on. You can also engage them or get them another rabbit to play with.
- Be careful when handling or grooming them. Bunnies do not need baths but should be brushed regularly. When you’re lifting your pet rabbit, you should support their hind and scoop under their chest. Their backbones are very fragile and need extra support.