Rabbits are engaging pets and we enjoy seeing them at our hospital. With proper care, rabbits can live long and fulfilling lives. Veterinary exams, nutrition counselling, diagnostic testing, parasite control/prevention and spay or neuter surgery are just some services that we provide to rabbits.
When should rabbits have a veterinary visit?
All bunnies should have at least one veterinary exam each year. Young rabbits should be assessed once purchased or adopted to evaluate them for congenital (present from birth) problems and to discuss matters of health, nutrition and housing. We then see rabbits once yearly until they are 6 years of age. Senior rabbits are seen twice annually or more often if their condition warrants frequent care.
What are signs that my pet rabbit is unwell?
Rabbits can suffer from different conditions and diseases that need medical care. We often see bunnies with overgrown teeth, parasites, hairballs and cancer. Here are some signs that your rabbit is unwell:
- Loss of appetite
- More quiet than usual
- Discharge from the eyes/nose
- Bald patches
- Low or elevated temperature
Please contact us at 905-683-6430 to book an appointment if your pet has any of these symptoms.
What should I feed my rabbit?
Rabbits require a varied diet with plants being the main component. We recommend feeding them grass, hay, kale, lettuce, collard greens, carrots, etc., as these foods are rich in minerals, vitamins and proteins. Manufactured pellets are also acceptable to feed your rabbit in small portions so they don't overeat. They can also consume some fruits like blueberries or pineapples as treats. Foods that are rich in starch and fats like chocolate, oats, nuts, cereal or beans should not be given to pet bunnies.