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Category: Rabbit Health

When It’s Okay To Let Your Rabbit Go

Contributed by Christine Whetstone

Though I had grown up around multiple animals, Jessica was my first pet. I lived in a complex that didn’t allow animals so I needed something that was quiet and didn’t need to go outside, but still filled the void of not having four-footed creatures around. The moment I saw Jessica, I knew she had to be mine, and she did not disappoint. She would binky all over, play peek-a-boo behind the curtains, and enjoyed the breeze coming in from the balcony door. After a while, I decided she should have a friend, so Jake entered our lives via a bunny speed dating session.

Essential Oils – The Hidden Dangers For Well-Meaning Rabbit Lovers

As our country starts paying attention to organic products and natural healing, more and more people are learning about aromatherapy.  Rabbit owners by far pay much more attention to adverse affects of chemicals on their pets since rabbits are super sensitive.  

That is why I felt the need to share the article I found below.  While many of us are moving away from "man made chemicals", too many of us feel that the natural oils found in aromatherapy products are not harmful at all.  In fact, many times the opposite is true.  

Rabbit Obesity a Growing Trend

In our culture today most of us are struggling with our weight.  Since our pets live so close to us it is no wonder they are experiencing the same problems.  For the past several years dog and cat obesity has been widely recognized.  

The online newspaper Adelaide Now recently featured a vet in Australia that is trying to bring public attention to the issue of rabbit obesity.  And she has some unique solutions she's using in her practice!

The story from Adelaide Now:

"OVERFED rabbits are joining the ranks of the nation's obese pets and some are taking part in animal weight-loss programs to help shed excess fat.

Common Health Problems for House Rabbits Part I

The list of health issues faced by mature bunnies and their owners may seem overwhelming to the novice.  However, some problems can be easily remedied at home, and avoided altogether by maintaining the proper diet, keeping a healthy environment, and taking care of your pet.  Once you’ve established a bond with your rabbit, care and concern will be second nature to you.

Spaying or Neutering Your House Rabbit

Most people are aware of the reputation rabbits have for breeding and overpopulating their environment.  Even if your rabbit is your one and only bunny, you should still consider spaying or neutering your pet to avoid some health problems and promote bonding with your house rabbit.   The benefits to having your pet altered by your veterinarian far outweigh the risks of the surgery itself.

Why Altering is Beneficial to Your Rabbit

Tips on How to Check Your Rabbit’s Health

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It is not that easy to care and to keep rabbits at home because apart from providing them quality shelter, you need to ensure they are healthy always.

Their well-being and health are vital because they are sensitive and delicate pets. They are prone to illness and they have the tendency to hide their diseases and illnesses as well. As a responsible pet owner, it is your duty to monitor and to observe them regularly to ensure they are happy and healthy.

Head Tilt in Rabbits – Pipkin’s Big Adventure

For Pipkin, it all started like a snuffles episode however new symptoms arose. Pipkin would be fine if he was sitting, but when he would periscope he started to wobble a little, as if there was a problem with his hind legs.

The veterinarian did not know exactly what was wrong with him because it could have been anything such as: e. cunniculi or a severe pastuerella infection; I was leaning toward an ear infection that arises in bunnies who have a history of snuffles. Our vet put Pipkin on medication and if the medication did not work we would try Baytril, and if nothing worked, our vet noted that we would have to consider euthanasia if his quality of life was severely affected – something I wanted to avoid because I had hope that Pipkin would recover.

Are You Considering Rabbit Health Insurance?

As with any pet, it is important to provide rabbits with proper healthcare. That is why some rabbit owners choose to purchase rabbit health insurance.

Insuring rabbits may have sounded silly in the past, but with the rising costs of emergency care and basic checkups, covering animals seems less and less farfetched. House rabbit ownership itself is not necessarily taxing: owners provide food, shelter, entertainment and care for their bunnies. But what happens if a pet has reoccurring illness? What if he cuts himself badly or develops a painful ear infection? When a rabbit needs to make an unexpected trip to the veterinarian, the costs of care and medication can add up quickly.