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Bunny Care Basics

Have you been considering adopting a bunny? Rabbits make extremely cute and charming little pets. These adorable furballs may be small, but they have huge personalities! Read on as a North Las Vegas, NV vet offers some basic bunny care tips.

Cage

Floppy will need a big, clean, comfortable cage. Choose a cage with a solid floor, as wire floors can be dangerous. Make sure the cage is big enough to allow your furry buddy to stand up, hop around, stretch out, and play, all without touching the walls of her cage or tripping over her things. Be sure to add a suitable substrate, such as aspen. Avoid pine and cedar substrates, which are dangerous for small pets. Your bunny will also need a hidey-hole, a water bottle, and food dishes. A litterbox and hayrack can be useful as well.

Veterinary Care

Just like any other pet, Floppy will need regular veterinary care. In between appointments, be sure to groom your furry friend regularly, and keep her nails trimmed. Also, watch for signs of illness, such as lethargy, fever, and diarrhea. Ask your vet for more information.

Diet

A good diet will go a long way towards keeping your cute pet healthy. Grass hay, such as Timothy hay, should form the basis of Floppy’s diet. You’ll need to supplement this with commercial food, fresh produce, and, of course, the occasional treat. Ask your vet for specific nutritional advice.

Toys

Bunnies have open-rooted teeth, which means that their teeth never stop growing. Floppy will need lots of chew toys, as if she can’t chew enough to wear her teeth down, she could develop painful dental issues. Many wood, wicker, and cardboard items are fine, as long as they don’t have sharp edges, small parts, or dangerous coatings. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Training

Don’t let that innocent furry face fool you: Floppy can be quite stubborn, and even a bit bossy! Bunnies are also very opinionated little furballs. Do some research, and learn about bunny body language, proper training techniques, and the do’s and don’ts of interacting with rabbits. It’s also very important for you to spend lots of time with your four-legged friend, so you can get to know her personality.

Do you have questions about caring for your bunny? Call us today! As your local North Las Vegas, NV animal clinic, we are here to help!

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