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!
"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.
Adelaide Animal Hospital veterinarian Dr David Mason said owners who feed their rabbits too many pellets and not enough grass and hay were mainly to blame. "Dogs and cats are still your main problem, but we're seeing rabbits and guinea pigs in the same boat," he said.
At the Glenside Veterinary Clinic, owners whose rabbits are carrying too much weight are given a new target for their pet to reach at weigh-ins and take part in a consultations about diet and exercise.
"If they've reached that target in a set period of time the owner gets their next vet visit for free," Dr Pin Needham, from the clinic, said.
Glenelg Veterinary Clinic veterinarian Dr Rebecca Nathan said there was no ideal weight range for rabbits because breed sizes, from small dwarf varieties to bigger types, such as New Zealand giant rabbits such as Patrick, pictured, varied dramatically.
"If they've got rolls around their neck and under their belly that's when you know you've got problems," Dr Nathan said."
How about your buns? Are your buns overweight, just right, or underweight? How much pellet do you feed vs hay? Leave your comments below!