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Posted on 08-10-2017
Rabbit Care from your Windsor Veterinarian
Rabbits are social, intelligent and curious animals that require more attention and care than most people realize. Rabbits have unique digestive systems involving droppings called caecotrophs, which are eaten by rabbits for re-ingestion purposes. Ensuring a rabbit has access to an appropriate diet is essential for your pet rabbit's health. You will also need to provide rabbits with plenty of hard, chewy food products to prevent their continuously lengthening teeth from becoming too long. Finally, your veterinarian in Windsor urges rabbit owners to bring their pet in for a yearly wellness check and vaccination updates.
Tips for Raising a Healthy, Happy Rabbit
- Make sure your rabbit has fresh water available at all times. Water supports a rabbit's digestive health and is necessary for optimal nervous system functioning.
- Rabbit diets should be comprised of a variety of food pellets, fruits (berries, apples, pears) and vegetables (carrots, brussel sprouts, broccoli)
- Rabbits over one year old need oat or timothy hay to prevent hairballs and intestinal blockages.
- Mature rabbits over five years old should be provided with more vegetables and hay to eat instead of a predominantly pellet diet. Older rabbits eating mostly pellets may become obese and suffer obesity-related medical problems, especially heart disease and joint issues.
- Avoid giving your pet rabbit these foods due to their sensitive digestive system: tomatoes, beets, iceberg lettuce and corn. Never feed a rabbit candy, chocolate or other "human" treats.
- Rabbits need mental and physical stimulation. Allow your rabbit to run free several hours a day and provide appropriate rabbit toys. Of course, giving your rabbit plenty of love and attention is the best kind of stimulation!
When to Bring Your Rabbit to Our Veterinary Hospital
Signs of illness in rabbits include tooth grinding, increased body heat, drooling/wet chin, chronic sneezing and head tilt. If you notice your rabbit exhibiting these symptoms, please call our Windsor veterinary hospital to make an immediate appointment.
Schedule an Appointment Today with Your Windsor Veterinarian
To learn more about our rabbit and other animal veterinary services or to schedule an appointment with your Windsor veterinarian, please call (970) 670-7033.
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