Preventive Health Care for Rabbits

Rabbits may not need vaccinations like dogs and cats do, but it is still important to provide routine health care, such as annual check-ups and weigh-ins and to establish an association with a veterinarian who is familiar with rabbits. You may be able to provide much of the preventive health care yourself, including proper grooming, good nutrition, and suitable housing. But it is a good idea for you to have a veterinarian who is familiar with rabbits when a problem …

Housing Rabbits Together

Introduction

Rabbits are social animals and can be comforted by the presence of a companion. Owners who have a limited amount of time to interact with their rabbit may want to consider adding another rabbit to provide companionship. Rabbits may be particular in their choices of companions and may not always get along when introduced as adults. When introducing two rabbits, it is important to gradually acclimate the rabbits to each other to prevent an extreme reaction that could lead …

How to Trim Rabbit Toenails

Trimming a rabbit’s toenails can be an intimidating task. Once you are comfortable with how to properly restrain your rabbit, you can begin to trim its nails. It is important that you do not trim too close to the quick. Trimming your rabbit’s nails will be a test of the trust between you and your rabbit but will be extremely rewarding to you as an owner after you have completed the task.

Watch the following video from the University of …

How to Handle a Rabbit

Proper handling is a major aspect of rabbit ownership. When taking your rabbit out of any cage, be sure to support the hind legs to prevent back injury. When holding your rabbit, you should always maintain a firm yet calm attitude.

Watch a 4-H member describe how to remove a rabbit from its travel cage and how to handle the rabbit in the following video provided by the University of Nebraska — Lincoln.

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