To maintain not only their adorableness but also their overall health, it’s important to schedule regular checkups for your rabbit. With regular exams, we can help prevent your rabbit from developing serious and potentially life-threatening conditions. If you have any questions about how to care for your rabbit, we can discuss diet, housing, grooming, and even litterbox training.
How do I know if my rabbit needs medical care?
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. This is why it is important to bring them in for routine checkups so we can detect any diseases early on. Signs to keep an eye out for include:
- Discharge from the eyes or nose
- Elevated or low temperature
- Runny stool
- Drooling, scratching at the ears or sneezing
- Loss of fur or bald patches
- Loss of appetite
Should I spay or neuter my rabbit?
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 can have positive health and behavioural benefits such as:
- Reduced risk of cancer
- Reduced aggression
- Reduced spraying or mounting
- Reduced chewing and biting