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Bunny Care Basics

February is Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month! These little guys make very cute and loveable pets. However, if you’ve never had a bunny before, it’s important to do some research before adopting one. A Portage, MI vet discusses basic bunny care below.

Cage

A good cage should be at the top of your list. Make sure it is large enough for your furball to stand up, hop around, stretch out, and play, without touching the sides or top of the cage. Choose one with a solid bottom. Wire floors can cause injuries, and they won’t hold substrate. You’ll need to add a suitable substrate, a hide box, a water bottle, and lots of toys. You may want to include a hayrack and litterbox as well.

Diet

Fresh grass hay should make up the bulk of Floppy’s diet. Commercial bunny food and fresh fruits and veggies will round out your little buddy’s menu. Ask your vet for specific advice, including tips on safe and unsafe foods, portion sizes, and suitable treats. (Spoiler alert: many rabbits love strawberries.)

Toys

Floppy is very playful and inquisitive. She also loves to chew on things. In fact, your pet can develop serious dental issues if she doesn’t chew enough! You can make bunny toys out of many common household items, including the rolls from paper towel rolls.

Bunnyproofing

Bunnyproofing is definitely a must! You’ll need to remove, secure, or cover anything you don’t want Floppy chewing. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Veterinary Care

Finding a good veterinarian that handle rabbits is very important. Floppy should be spayed or neutered, and will need regular exams. She also should have basic bunny vaccinations, such as the myxomatosis, R(V)HD, and R(V)HD2 vaccines. You’ll also need to watch for signs of illness. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything wrong.

Grooming

Bunnies are quite clean, but they do need some help with their beauty regimens. You’ll need to clip your pet’s claws and clean her ears. Floppy will also need to be brushed regularly. During molts, your pet will need daily brushing. Ask your vet for advice.

Love

Just like any other pet, bunnies need to feel loved and safe to truly thrive. Pay attention to Floppy! Pet her, play with her, and offer cuddles, toys, and treats.

Please reach out to us, your Portage, MI vet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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