Care of Your Rabbit After Spaying or Neutering

Neutering - Males The surgery for neutering males is a very simple, non-invasive procedure, taking only a few minutes. However, it is vital the rabbit be kept away from a female for at least ten days until his healing is complete. He may damage himself badly if allowed to be with a female. If the anesthetic isofluorene was used as the only anesthetic, the male rabbit comes home ready to eat and drink, apparently unaware that anything has happened. If other anesthetics have been used, he may ...
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Common Medical Problems

Emergencies Requiring Immediate Veterinary Care (Note: Medically, rabbits are designated “exotics” and cannot be treated by most small animal veterinarians. Rabbits need a veterinarian specifically trained in rabbit medicine.) Click here for information about Rabbit Veterinarians in Colorado Note: If you aren’t getting the treatment your rabbit needs, call the Colorado HRS 24-hour Health Line GI Stasis: GI Stasis is probably the most common rabbit ailment. You will almost certainly encounte...
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Nursing A Head-tilt Rabbit

You need treatment from a good rabbit veterinarian if your rabbit develops head-tilt, but the long-term nursing care is in your hands. Once tumbling begins, it is likely to continue for at least 3 months before the rabbit begins to regain balance. During this time, he may not be able to eat, sleep, or drink without your help. If the rabbit is tumbling, don’t use towels in an attempt to protect him! He will tangle in them and break his legs; use pillows or bolsters instead. You can fold a “cat...
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Angel’s Mush (for diet-challenged bunnies)

This recipe is designed to provide fiber and nutrition for rabbits who may have difficulty eating due to dental or other medical problems. Although if a rabbit's condition cannot be reversed, this diet will sustain the rabbit, it is not intended for Angel's Mush to be fed to normal, healthy rabbits in place of their hay, pellets, and veggies. 1 cup of either oat or barley flour 4 cups timothy pellets (i.e. high-fiber) 5 cups water Mix together the flour and pellets. Add the water and let the...
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Arthritis in Rabbits

If a rabbit lives long enough, s/he will develop osteoarthritis. You can minimize how soon this will happen by: Keeping the nails cut short Keeping the rabbit slender and well-exercised If your rabbit does develop aching, stiff joints, and if there are no bone spurs involved (only your veterinarian will be able to determine this), you can give them Myristol in alfalfa pellets (one or two pellets twice a day). Rabbits we have treated this way have been hopping around like youngsters w...
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Warning About On-Line Alternative Pet Medicine Site

Buyer Beware It has come to my attention that there have been concerns raised among exotic veterinarians regarding the safety and efficacy of products from the online pet supplement company, Rabbit Medicine Chest (also known as Pet Medicine Chest). For more than five years the company has had an unsatisfactory record with the Better Business Bureau, and is being sued for the alleged use of false claims and unapproved ingredients by the Attorney General for the state of Iowa. (For more informati...
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Necropsy or Not

Answering this question should not be left until you have lost a beloved rabbit, when the tidal wave of emotion has you in turmoil. It should be thought about and answered at the time you are getting your rabbits or at a time when you feel you can think rationally about this decision. What is a necropsy? It is a procedure similar to surgery, where a veterinarian carefully opens an animal’s body and examines the condition of the various internal organs in an effort to determine the cause of de...
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