We Provide Expert Veterinary Care for Your Pet Rabbit
At Kanyon’s Golden Veterinary Care, we believe that the best way for you to care for your special animal companion is by knowing the right way to care for them. Our professional staff takes the time to educate new pet parents as well as those who are experienced, but just need a little help. Whether you have questions regarding specific health issues, or general questions about training, behaviors, or diet Kanyon’s Golden is here to help.
Rabbits Make Wonderful Pets
Rabbits make a wonderful addition to any family. They can live anywhere from 8 to 10 years, if given the proper environment and care. To maintain a long healthy life, it is best to keep domestic rabbits as indoor pets. Outside hutches expose them to predators, wild and domestic, opportunistic parasites, and more. Rabbits easily adapt to a home environment and can be trained to use a litter box or pee pad.
Like all companion animals, husbandry, diet, and exercise are all key aspects for a healthy rabbit. A rabbit’s dietary needs are vastly different from traditional companion species as they are ‘hind gut fermenters’. Diet should consist of predominantly timothy hay, alfalfa, vegetables, fruits, and a small portion, no more than 20-30%, of commercial rabbit pellets. Romaine lettuce is a nice treat; however, iceberg lettuce provides no nutritional value. They can also have escarole, mustard greens, kale, turnip greens, spinach leaves and Swiss chard as well as dandelion greens, bell peppers, squash, beet and carrot greens. Carrots are fine for an added treat but do not have enough nourishment to be given alone. Grapes, berries, melon and kiwi make good sweet treats as well as banana and fennel. Kanyon’s Golden Veterinary Care carries quality timothy hay, alfalfa, pellets, and more.
Rabbits are a nocturnal animal and expend good energy in play after the sun goes down. To maintain a healthy mind and spirit, rabbits need good exercise and interactive play. This helps keep the GI tract working at optimal health and minimizes one of the most common health problems in pet rabbits, GI stasis. A healthy bunny requires several hours of ‘run around’ time daily. In addition, it is vital that a bunny be a ‘good drinker’. Pineapple juice added to their water bottle is a treat that helps prevent bunny dehydration, GI stasis, and more.
Wellness Care Keeps Rabbits Healthy
At Kanyon’s Golden Veterinary Care, Dr. Kristine Cyr recommends yearly physical and oral examinations for all pet rabbits, to properly assess your companion bunny’s overall health and identify any medical issues that may be present. During this exam, you can expect our technicians to obtain an ear cytology and fecal sample. This allows Dr. Cyr to rule out or diagnose possible ear infections or intestinal parasites. Our professional staff will also discuss dietary and husbandry concerns.
The primary goal of our professional team is to keep your bunny in optimal health by early identification and treatment of medical issues. We also want to keep our clients informed by discussing common health problems in rabbits. Common bunny concerns include ear infections, eye infections, overgrown teeth, dental abscess, respiratory issues, and for bunnies that are kept outdoors, maggots or cuterebrae. Together, the Kanyon’s team and you will define and outline the specific needs for your bunny companion to keep your rabbit strong, healthy, and disease free for years to come.
Online Resources for Rabbit Owners
- General rabbit care guidelines, including a cost breakdown, from the ASPCA.
- The Binky Bunny House Rabbit Community offers tips and tricks for living with house rabbits.
- The House Rabbit Society offers rabbit care guidelines in a wide variety of topics.
- Check out this site if you are Thinking About Getting a Pet Bunny
- Find lots of informational tidbits about raising rabbits as pets.
- For the multi-species family: Dogs, Cats, Birds, and Bunnies in One House