Did you know that your pet rabbit has health concerns that need to be taken seriously? Your rabbit’s diet plays a major role in their health. In the wild, rabbits eat grasses and other natural fibrous materials! They rarely rely on commercial pet foods to help keep their teeth and gums in good condition. Without good dental care a rabbit won’t lead a healthy & happy life.
Rabbits are also natural lizards with long, spiraled tongue. They will gnaw on virtually anything, so it is important to have pet rabbit health issues identified right away. Lizards can get lice and other parasites very easily.
Some common rabbit-related injuries are listed below. Note that the severity of injury or death may vary greatly among different pets. Note too that rabbits are very sensitive to cold and heat. Consult your veterinary nurse if you suspect that your rabbit has been injured by extreme cold or heat.
Overall, the UK rabbit health information survey found that more than half of rabbit owners (nearly 55%) didn’t use a common sense approach to grooming. Only 6% of respondents used a quality bunny supplement. The survey also found that only six percent of respondents were diligent about cleaning their rabbits’ teeth regularly.
Another common cause of damage is overfeeding. According to the current study, overfeeding is a leading cause for digestive problems in pet rabbits. It can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and soft stools. Only six percent of respondents reported regularly cleaning their rabbits’ dishes. Another problem that was common among pet owners was that they were unaware that chemicals used during pet food processing weaken tooth enamel over time.
In this year’s survey, the majority (nearly 80%) of pet owners indicated that they didn’t wash their hutches frequently. Only thirty-four percent of respondents said that they cleaned their hutches at least once a week. The lack of interest in maintaining a clean hutch could result in costly vet bills for your pet rabbit, especially if it becomes infected with bacteria from dirty soil and brushes. Most veterinarians recommend that pet rabbits be cleaned every six months to one year. So make sure you have time to schedule an appointment!
While we focus on pet health information and products from sources such as the ASPCA website, Dr. Shelia Braun poster’s website, Dr. Karen Kovacich’s blog, and Dr. Stephanie Simeon’s book, it’s important to remember that rabbit health care involves much more than fancy articles and product recommendations on social media sites. Pet rabbit owners who have taken the time to learn about proper rabbit care know that there are many other considerations beyond the basics of pet health care. For example, the type of bedding, hay, and water they choose may impact the overall health of their rabbits. Likewise, the type of litter used can play an important role in the development of a healthy rabbit. It’s also important to consider the quality of the rabbit breeders’ food and water, which can affect the bunny’s nutrition as well as his or her health.
If you’re a veterinarian or someone who works with animals in the veterinary profession, take some time to research the basics of rabbit health information and how you can use it to your advantage. It’s also important to keep in mind that knowledge alone isn’t enough. As you learn about the topic of rabbit care, you’ll find that you need to be able to communicate your ideas and opinions in a clear and concise manner to your veterinary clinic and to your clients. Many rabbit owners have found that taking the time to learn as much as possible about rabbit care, feeding, water and other rabbit related issues makes a huge difference in their experiences with their pets. By taking the time to learn about rabbit health care today, tomorrow you can make better decisions for your pet rabbit in the future.