Rabbits are great pets, especially if you’re looking for a pet who is funny, loving, full of character and loves being around people. In addition to lots of love, hay and special care, your rabbit also needs special veterinary care. If you’d like a wellness appointment, or have questions about proper diet, housing, grooming or litter box training, please contact us at 613-748-9820.
What illnesses are rabbits susceptible to?
Rabbits are susceptible to a variety of diseases and conditions, including overgrown teeth, hairballs, parasites, and cancer. They also tend to hide signs of illness or pain. Your rabbit could have health issues if they have:
- Discharge from the eyes or nose, runny stool, or a gurgling stomach
- Elevated or low temperature
- Drooling, scratching at the ears, or sneezing
- Tilted head
- Bald patches in his or her fur
- Stops eating, appears overly quiet, or shows other abnormal behaviour
What type of medical care does my rabbit need?
Your rabbit can benefit from regular dental checkups, at least once a year. We can help make sure problems with your rabbit’s teeth don’t turn into serious, potentially life-threatening conditions. We also strongly suggest that you have your rabbit spayed or neutered. Not only can rabbits potentially give birth once a month, but they can also have up to 14 babies at a time! Even in households with a single rabbit, spaying or neutering has plenty of benefits, like protecting your rabbit from several types of cancer and reducing or eliminating aggression, as well as other undesirable behaviour, such as spraying, mounting, destructive chewing, and biting. Spaying or neutering will not change your rabbit’s personality.