Just like any pets, rabbits also need extra love and care to
obtain the right lifespan they have and to avoid any health problems. The responsibility of a good pet owner
doesn’t just end up in feeding them, playing with them, giving them vitamins supplements but also vet check-ups
which is very important in pet rabbit care. Even if you’re feeding them the right kind of food, professional health
advise is still needed to make sure they are in good shape and if sick, won’t get any worse.
Most rabbits feel more comfortable when they are being treated
on the floor; they feel less stressed and pressured. Though other might cooperate with you and your vet, some will
still try to escape your hands. This time it is much better if they are treated on the bed or better on your lap.
If you will use tables please make sure that it is clean and free from any small objects that could harm your
rabbit such as pins, clips and even bits of broken glass. Some pet owner put towel on their rabbit and carries them
using it. This way, you could make sure that your rabbit is secure and safe.
Oral meds are sometimes a big problem because of most it has
awful aftertaste. Though rabbits would take almost anything through their mouth, they still find meds disgusting
and you could see their mouths forming funny forms after taking oral meds.
Some owners don’t favour with eye dropper though some did. When
putting meds on your pet’s eye, make sure that you pull the lower and upper eye lid and hold them to avoid
squirming. make sure that the eye meds really gets into their eyes or the effect of it will not work at
Rabbits do have a way of not blinking even when you put
something in their eyes. Some pet rabbit owner finds the floor comfortable when treating their rabbits to make sure
they hold still.
If the eye meds are in cream or gel form, make sure that the
meds get in their eyelids not on the eyeballs. Once the cream or gel is inside the rabbit’s eye, you have to
massage it so it could be absorbed quickly and prevent it from coming out.
Rabbits should also have their yearly vaccination against Viral
Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD) and Myxomatosis. Frequent pregnancy to doe could end up to uterine cancer and could
cause death eventually but this could be prevented if you make sure your rabbit is spayed when she reached the age
of two months.
Here are some of the sickness and infection you should check
about medical concerns for rabbit care from time to time:
1. Red urine is only normal for any rabbits but if this is
accompanied with fever and loss of appetite better see your vet.
2. Amoxicillin is very dangerous to rabbits. It is a pink
liquid with bubble gum smell. Never let your vet give your pet rabbit this kind of medicine. There are
rabbit-safe medicines available such as Chloramphenicol, Tetracycline, sulpha-drugs based like Septra or TMS,
or enrofloxins such as Baytril or Cipro.
3. Cedar and Pine Shavings are also harmful for your pet
rabbit. The aroma coming from softwood shavings could cause respiratory illnesses and could even damage the
liver. Use shredded newspaper instead.
4. Malocclusion is a condition in which your pet rabbit’s
teeth are not growing properly. One indication of malocclusion is the wet chin caused by drooling. If this
happened, you should seek advice from your vet to get teeth clipping.
5. Hairballs is also harmful for your pet rabbit for unlike
cats, they cannot vomit or digest their loose hair. You should also brush or comb their hair
6. Bacterial infection called the Pasteurella. If you notice
your pet rabbit experiencing high temperature, runny nose or eyes and sudden loss of appetite then you should
talk to your vet to know what exactly is wrong with your pet rabbit. Though bacterial infections used to be a
major health problem, there are now newer antibiotics that could cure these bacteria.
7. Even rabbits experience digestive problems such as
diarrhoea. Diarrhoea could be deadly to rabbits. If the droppings are smelly and runny then your rabbit is
having digestive problems. See your vet about this because your rabbit may become dehydrated.
8. If your pet rabbit is not eating or producing pellet like
droppings, call your vet as soon as possible.
9. Too much food intake could lead to obesity and could also
cause conceiving problems for doe.
10. Reproductive disease such as uterine cancer happens to
female rabbit. Repeated pregnancy could trigger this cancer to occur and spread out.
11. Whiteness on the eye also known as moon eye
12. Inflammation of the mammary glands caused by Pasteurella
13. Bacterial infections of the lungs also known as
14. Inflammation or infection of intestines also called as the
15. Pet rabbit could also have brain disease and this illness
is caused by a parasite called Encephalitozoon.
16. Rabbit could also have Conjunctivitis, a condition in
which the tissues around the eyes became inflamed.