How to Care for Your Rabbit?

You are the proud master of a rabbit ram or lion head rabbit? You’re very lucky, because the rabbit is an affectionate and endearing animal. However, to flourish, you must be sure give them the care they need. Follow the guide.

Your Pet with 4 legs – two longer than the other at the rear – needs a bed, or rather a cage equipped with a litter. “It must be located in a cool place because rabbits are susceptible to heat stroke, ‘the Veterinary Hospital Lesage, Robin, Tousignant Québec. Litter on the other hand, should preferably be manufactured from recycled paper. Avoid at all costs even recycled newspaper – because your pet could absorb the ink that is printed. As for wood chips, often dusty, “they predispose to respiratory problems.” However – no wonder this board … we come from Quebec – all you can to is to place a mini-log cabin on the inside of his cage. He will love to take refuge from time to time.

In good health

The rabbits are prone to develop tumors of the uterus, the type adenocarcinoma. This is one of the leading causes of death in these animals. To reduce risk and increase the life expectancy of your rabbit, have it sterilized between 6 months and 2 years. Males also can be sterilized after 6 months. Just for your personal comfort, as the reputation of rabbits is far from being usurped.

These little pets are prone to other health problems. “During molting, it is essential to provide food that will prevent hairballs. Laxative pastes are excellent choices, “advising veterinarians Quebec. They reduce the risk of occlusion of the viscera by the hair that your rabbit will be swallowed. Furthermore, and particularly in summer, if your rabbit out in the garden, plan to protect it from fleas and ticks. Talk to your veterinarian. Rabbits needing to use their teeth throughout their lives, you can give him some apple branches. But untreated apple …

Balanced diet

Your rabbit needs three essential elements for the balance of his regime: hay, feed (pellet form), and fresh vegetables. “Hay regulates the gastrointestinal system and improves the normal wear of teeth,” explains our veterinarians Quebec. Avoid alfalfa hay, however. It contains too much calcium, which can “encourage the formation of sand and stones in the urinary system.” Where a risk of renal colic …

Follow the same advice in choosing the cast. Avoid alfalfa, for the same reasons as hay. And prefer a cast based on other grasses such as timothy, for example. However, unlike the hay that you can give it at will, be less generous with the cast. Otherwise your rabbit may take a little overweight!

Vegetables are an integral part of its diet. Bet on carrots (of course!), Celery with its leaves, endive, parsley or lettuce. And know also that he appreciates the cilantro! As for fruits such as apples or bananas, they should not represent more than 5% of its daily diet. Finally, avoid absolutely to propose seed mixes, nuts or dried fruit. Too starchy, they predispose your pet to obesity. Also avoid sweet and salty snacks, chocolate, beans, pasta and cereals.

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