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 …

The Digestive System of the Rabbit

The rabbit, as an herbivore, is uniquely designed to consume large amounts of plant material.  The plants that rabbits eat are high in fiber, which is indigestible to mammalian digestive enzymes.  This means that humans and many other animals cannot utilize the nutrients found in these plants.  However, the rabbit’s digestive system makes it able to consume these plants and make the most of their nutrients. 

Understanding your rabbit’s digestive, or gastrointestinal, system will help to choose the best diet …

Cold Weather Care for Rabbits

Winter is a difficult time for many animal species, including rabbits. With proper care, however, you can ensure that your rabbit will remain healthy through the cold weather. Rabbits are more able to cope with cold weather conditions than hot conditions, but given the wrong conditions, rabbits can suffer from exposure, frostbite, and decreased body temperature.  Smaller breeds of rabbits may be more susceptible to cold temperatures than larger breeds of rabbits because their small body mass cannot retain heat …

How to Feed Your Rabbit

Amount to feed

Rabbits should be provided with a pelleted diet daily.  You may also choose to feed a home-prepared diet of fresh vegetables and greens.  The amount to feed depends on the rabbit’s age and reproductive status.  Young growing and pregnant or nursing rabbits may be provided with food ad libitum.  This means they are provided with an excess of food and can eat as much as they want during the course of the day and night. 

Adult …