Rabbits

Very Hoppy...er HAPPY With Care

Thank you, Rockland for spaying my rabbit.  As you know I was nervous, but you guys were great at caring for Lucky and reassuring me that all would be okay.  Lucky has fully recovered from her surgery and she’s back to her usual tricks and antics in the house.  I also appreciate the help in training her to use a litter box and for turning me on to the pineapple juice idea. I’ll be sure to refer all my friends to you guys. You’re great!

Amy S.

Do you need your rabbit spayed or neutered?  We can do that at Rockland Veterinary.  We can also provide you with the well care medicine he or she needs to live a ripe all age!

 

Careful Handling

 

Rabbits are fragile and fearful.  When you bring your rabbit to our practice, we’ll ensure that he or she feels.  We’ll also restrain your rabbit properly so that he or she isn’t injured, something that happens too frequently at less veterinary centers will less experience treating lagomorphs (rabbits).

 

Common Illness Seen in Rabbits

 

Rabbits are frequently ill with dental disease, constipation, and mite or flea infestations.  Less commonly we see something called ‘head tilt’, a sad sight to behold in any rabbit.  In all cases, if you suspect something is wrong, don’t hesitate to bring your rabbit to our office.  We have all we need to accurately diagnose what’s going on with your bunny and map out a plan for him or her to get better.

 

Provide Your Rabbit With The Right Housing

 

Your rabbit should have a caged enclosure that provides him or her a place to hide.  Rabbits are preyed upon by many creatures and they have evolved to require a place of safety to feel good.  Ensure that your rabbit has a fresh supply of water (drip bottles work great for this) and grass hay including that made from Timothy, oat or Bermuda grass.  You can also treat your rabbit to dark leafy greens and vegetables, but not onions or avocados.  Use this link to visit the house rabbit society and for a full list of recommended veggies for your rabbit. You can train your rabbit to use a litter box and even allow your rabbit to run around the house.  Just make sure that you ‘bunny proof’ things by eliminating any cords or anything else dangerous that they might accidentally gnaw on.

It is essential that your rabbit have access to a continuous supply of Timothy hay. Use the link above to see a list of other recommended plant foods that you can feed.

 

Do My Rabbit’s Teeth Need Trimmed?

 

They shouldn’t. Rabbits, as you probably know, have front teeth that grow continuously.  This is because rabbits are  used to gnawing and the continuously growing teeth resupply what the rabbit has worn down through chewing.  If you notice that your rabbits teeth are getting too long, bring him or her to see us.  This is not normal and needs to be treated by a veterinarian.  Do NOT attempt to cut the teeth using nail clippers.  You can risk splitting the tooth longitudinally and opening the rabbit up to oral infection.

These water bottle keep water fresh and clean. Still the water inside should be changed every other day or so and the bottle cleaned thoroughly once a week. To clean the bottle fill with water, add a few drops of bleach, shake vigorously and let sit for 10 minutes. Make sure you THOROUGHLY rinse out the bottle after washing and refill with clean, cold water.

 

Rabbits Should be Neutered or Spayed

 

Please have your rabbit neutered or spayed, even if he or she will live alone.  Neutering or spaying your rabbit will decrease the likelihood of cancer and stave off any behavior issues that come along with sexual maturity.  Rockland veterinarians are experienced rabbit surgeons.  We have a lot of experience spaying and neutering rabbits and understand how to anesthetize them safely.

 

 

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