Rabbit Information

Rabbit care

Pg.16  General care

 Over grown claws

Claws can be clipped at home only cutting off the very tips.

A rabbit with white nails is easily clipped as the pink quick can be seen through the nail .

A rabbit with black nails is more difficult, so err on the side of caution and only remove the very tip.

If the nail is clipped past the quick, the rabbit bleeds badly. Styptic pencil or powder will stop the hemorrhage.

 

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 If scratching is a problem, the rabbit can be wrapped in a towel when being handled

Sore Hocks

 Some rabbits are prone to sore hocks, and it can be helpful to give them a soft cozy mat or rug to sit on especially if the hutch bottom is wire.

The hutch needs to be kept clean to prevent infection.

If sore hocks have developed, they are very painful, and there is risk of infection.

Apply Betadine, a sterile dressing, and a bandage. Re-dress frequently until healed.

  Weight

Obesity is controlled by correct food and exercise.

 Excessive pellets cause obesity. They are like a diet of chocolate for a rabbit. A constant supply of hay is the better diet.
Any rabbit kept all day in a hutch without adequate exercise will become over weight.

Limiting the amount of food given is not the humane solution.

Exercise is enjoyed and needed for good heath and healthy weight

An obese rabbit may be unable to eat its caecotrophs  resulting in sticky bottom syndrome, which can become fly blown

 Sudden loss of weight could be a sign of illness.

 Loneliness, boredom, fear, and pain, can cause a rabbit to become anorexic

If a rabbit is not eating, it may be enticed to eat by giving it finely sieved vegetable baby food in a syringe ( no needle, of course)

Hold the rabbit firmly, syringing the food slowly into the side of the rabbit's mouth about 1 ml at a time depending on the size of the rabbit