Rabbit Care

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Rabbit Care

Rabbit Care 101

Looking after your rabbit:Rabbits are probably one of the quitest and good-natured pets that are suitable for homes. Contrary to common belief, a rabbit is a highly intelligent animal who does not like to be held, but rather petted and groomed. Having a pair of strong hind legs, your little buddy might unintentionally kick whilst being carried and fracture its back. Hence, it's advised to hold it tightly close to your body

Housing:A spacious living area would definitely bring joy to a rabbit. It could come in a form of a playpen or just free roam.A rabbit requires some furniture in his little home:A hiding place, willow toys and litterbox placed next to its food and water bowls.If your floor is smooth, add a rug. Its extremely important to bunny proof your house!

Food & Water:Your rabbit needs a balanced diet that consists of hay, fresh vegetables, pellets and water. Hay is the most important part of your rabbit's diet, since it provides lots of fiber to aid digestion. A grass hay such as timothy should be available at all times, allowing the rabbit to eat as much as he or she wants.Try to give your bunny two to three different kinds of greens daily too! Look for greens that are dark in color, like dandelion, chicory, parsley, romaine lettuce and cilantro are just a few to choose from.Though most importantly, provie your pal with plenty of water! You can use a heavy bowl or a water bottle. Keep in mind to clean and maintain it regularly!

Exercise:Rabbits are very fast runners and love to dart about, jumping and twisting in the air when they're happy and feeling playful. In the wild they run around 3 miles each day! Pet rabbits would ideally have this same amount of exercise so we need to give them as much as possible.You should provide your rabbits with the biggest run you can, as a guide the minimum size is 8ft x 4ft x 4ft.Keep in mind that the area has to be bunny-proof!

Sick? Symptoms are difficult to detect in rabbits. Because they've always been preyed upon, rabbits hide their symptoms well to avoid observant predators. You'll have to be especially vigilant, and know what to look out for, to keep your rabbit healthy.Oh no! What happens if your bunny is sick? The first thing you should do is take it to a vet as soon as possible. But until you make that trip, here's how to deal.Broken Nail: Wrap the paw in a clean towel and apply pressure if your rabbit has a bleeding nail. Stop applying pressure when the bleeding stops.Eye injury: Wet a cotton ball with warm water and gently wipe your rabbit's eyes to remove build-up.Fever: Do your best to cool your rabbit off if it has a high fever by putting cold objects up against the ears until the temperature lowers.Teeth problems: Try to feed your rabbit with a feeding syringe and/or administering subcutaneous fluids.Gastric: Can be seen by the loud rumbling sounds and should be responded by gently massaging and temperature. Warm the rabbit up with your body/ heat pad.When in doubt about your rabbit's health, always consult the rabbit expert!

Found a stray injuried animal?If you are able to transport the animal, take her to the nearest animal shelter. Before you take an injured animal to a private veterinary hospital for treatment, be willing to assume financial responsibility for the animal before treatment begins.See an animal being abused?What happens if you see an animal being abused? Always be mindful of your safety! If the animal is in a life-threatening situation, call authorities immediately. Follow up with them in a timely manner to determine their findings and course of action. Advocating for abused or neglected animals can be difficult and heart-wrenching, but they are depending on you to find the strength to take action. You are in the position to make all the difference in the world for the animals in your community.

Not sure of what to do?Visit your nearest veterinary clinic or the SPCA: 31, Mount Vernon Road, Singapore 368054. Dial 62875355 for immediate assistance

How to tell if your bunny is sick: Rabbits innately tend to hide their illnesses and injuries. People who live with rabbits need to be very attentive to sublte changes: Tooth grinding: Loud tooth grinding is a sign of pain.If untreated, tooth problems can lead to infection of the jaw bone.Fever: Rabbits regulate body temperature by their ears. Very cold or hot ears could indicate a fever or a drop in body temperature.Runny eyes or nose, labored breathing or chronic sneezing: These could indicate allergies, upper respiratory infection, a blocked tear duct or other problems. See your vet. Drooling: Usually a sign of tooth problems, or malocclusion. There might also be a decrease in appetite and ability to eat hard foods such as a whole carrot. Depending on the severity of the misalignment, your rabbit's teeth may need to be trimmed regularly. Loss of balance or a head tilt: This is often called wry neck, typically an inner ear infection. This can come on suddenly. Although treatment can be lengthy, a head tilt can usually be cured if treatment is begun quickly.


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