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How to Maintain Your Rabbit`s Health: 5 Rules to Stick To

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Do you know that rabbits are not just unique pets but also the third most widespread pet types in the country? Indeed, similarly to cats and dogs, rabbits are frequently chosen as a family pet. However, looking after a bunny is an important task for every pet owner and the maintenance of your new pet may require a bit of skill.

To help you understand how to properly take care of a rabbit, keep it healthy and maintain its wellbeing, we’ve gathered a short guide on the care rules for bunnies.

Taking care of a bunny: What rules to follow?

A rabbit is sitting next to a few pieces of carrot.
Rabbits don't require any specific care but there's a list of actions that you should take.

To understand what fluffy bunnies need and to look after them in the right way, it’s important to take into account certain rules. Just like with the rest of pets, doing a bit of research is a must when it comes to taking good care of your fluffy companion.

Rabbits are very smart and if looked after correctly, they can live over 10 years or even more healthily and happily. However, not all rabbit owners know how to take proper care of their new pet. To help you out a bit, we’ve gathered a list of basic rules that will help you maintain your rabbit’s health. Here is what you should know about it.

  1. Nutrition and dietary regimen

No matter whether you’ve only adopted a baby rabbit or want to ensure that your grown-up pet stays in good health, thinking of its nutrition is the most important requirement. As a rule of thumb, you should make sure you provide it with the next essential foods:

  • Fresh and organic greens
  • Foods rich in fiber
  • Specialized rabbit foods
  • Fruits in small amounts
  • Fresh drinking water.

Supply your rabbit with fresh veggies, fiber-rich products, and drinking water, and it’ll stay healthy naturally and without additional help. There are many other things you might need to consider when taking care of your bunny, but the most important rule is to feed your rabbit properly.

Note that fiber-rich products should be given to adult bunnies in small amounts. Otherwise, they may do more harm than good. As for the fresh water, your bunny should have access to clean drinking water day after day. It’s important to use drinking bottles, nipples, water bowls, and other tools to supply your bunny with water and give it free access to it.

Just don’t forget to clean the bottles regularly to guarantee that it is hygienic to use them. That’s especially true because your rabbit may even refuse to drink from dirty bowls or may not be willing to drink water if it’s given to it in an unfamiliar manner. And all this may lead to serious health problems caused by dehydration.

  1. Spaying/neutering of your bunny and regular vet checkups

There are lots of benefits of spaying and neutering the pet rabbits. It doesn’t only prevent the problem of undesirable litters but also helps to avoid various serious health problems later on. On the whole, it helps to:

  • Mitigate the aggressive behaviors in male rabbits
  • Prevent cancer
  • Prevent breeding
  • Ensure that two spayed and neutered rabbits stay on good terms with one another
  • Live a healthier life
  • Make the rabbit calmer and friendlier.

That’s not to mention that your rabbit will live a longer life if the vet doctor spays and neuters it. These procedures are the special types of surgeries that are done under anesthesia. And therefore, the rabbit won’t feel anything throughout the process. As a rule, it should be done when the rabbit reaches the age of 4-6 months and becomes mature.

With that said, you shouldn’t be afraid of harming your rabbit through this kind of process because it is completely painless but very beneficial for bunnies.

In addition to spaying and neutering, don’t forget to conduct regular medical checkups of your bunny in order to detect the diseases and potential health problems timely. This will let you handle all possible problems effectively before it’s too late.

Vaccinations performed by veterinarians are also important as they will also help you maintain your rabbit’s health. And keep an eye on the rabbit’s skin condition so as to timely identify such issues as fleas or other similar problems.

  1. Grooming the pet rabbit

A pet is sitting next to the brush.
Ontime grooming will help cute rabbits feel good and have no problems with their skin.

To keep your rabbit’s health in order, you should stick to one more rule – make sure you groom and brush your bunny on a regular basis. It is suggested that doing it one time per week using a soft brush can help you to maintain your rabbit’s coat in good condition. And it will also help to eradicate the undesirable hair.

Grooming of the rabbit also includes trimming its nails from time to time. What you should understand is that rabbits are clean animals by nature as they wash regularly and are always trying to stay tidy and neat. However, sometimes it’s necessary to help you rabbit with grooming procedures to make it look and feel healthy all the time.

That’s especially true because rabbits are prone to shedding, so it may be necessary to not just brush your bunny but also get its fur clipped by the vet specialist.

  1. Taking care of your bunny’s teeth

One more aspect aimed at keeping your rabbit’s health in order is to take care of its teeth. Dental care is important and it should be conducted throughout the lifespan of your rabbit. It’s important to give your rabbit only healthy foods and it is also necessary to give it free access to chewable things that may help you to prevent any unwanted dental troubles.

Your rabbit’s teeth should also be checked by specialists on a regular basis. Dental problems could affect the bunny’s ability to eat normally and it may become painful for your pet to chew and consume certain foods.

You should know that poor appetite in rabbits is often the first sign of dental problems and therefore, timely veterinary care is a must. If your rabbit’s teeth have overgrown or it has other dental abnormalities, make sure you see the vet doctor ASAP to handle the existing problems before it’s too late.

  1. Setting up secure housing indoors

The issue of security is also an important consideration for every rabbit owner who cares about the health of their pet. There are many options for the construction of indoor housing for your pet. A large cage for a bunny and a special condo are only a few of the available options. The most important thing here is to guarantee that your bunny has enough space to run around freely especially because it’s also necessary to ensure that your rabbit gets enough exercising every day.

You should also make sure that the location of your bunny is not isolated from the rest of your family so that the best place to put your rabbit’s housing would be a living room or some other similar space in your home. Setting up a proper and completely secure indoor housing for your bunny is the key to ensuring its good health and wellbeing.

Conclusion

A rabbit is sitting in a cage with food.
Adopting a rabbit is a good choice if you are ready to spend enough time taking care of it.

Rabbits are unique creatures and if you’re thinking of adopting one for the role of your pet, be sure that it’s a great choice. Nevertheless, a few things need to be taken into account. Thus, if you want to have a bunny at home, you should make sure you take full responsibility for its health and care for your rabbit as much as you can.

In fact, bunnies are high-maintenance animals and they require a bit different type of care by contrast to cats and dogs. If you want your bunny to live a happy and healthy life, make sure you think of its nutrition, grooming, indoor housing, and dental care.

On top of it all, it’s important to spay and neuter your bunny and undergo regular vet checkups on an annual basis. If your rabbit gets good care throughout your life together, it’ll guarantee that it lives happily and its health stays in order with nothing to worry about.

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