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Bunny Care Mistakes

Have you recently decided to adopt a bunny? Congratulations! These little furballs are adorable pets, and can bring lots of love and laughter to our lives. First-time bunny owners often find themselves facing a bit of a learning curve, however. Here, a Sugar Land, TX vet lists some common bunny care mistakes.

Small Cages

Inadequate cages are a very common issue. Choose a cage with a solid floor. It should offer enough room for Floppy to stand up, hop around, stretch out, eat, and play without tripping over her things or touching the cage sides or top. Ask your vet for advice.

Not Enough Free Time

Rabbits need time out of their cages every day. Otherwise, they get bored, restless, and cranky. Make sure Floppy has enough free time!

Lack of Bunnyproofing

Bunnyproofing is an absolute must for protecting both your pet and your belongings. Remove or secure dangerous objects, such as toxic plants, plastic bags, and small or sharp objects; cover furniture legs and baseboards; and seal off spaces behind and beneath furniture and cabinets.

Inappropriate/Lack Of Chew Toys

Bunnies are basically tiny, adorable chewing machines. This is because they have open-rooted teeth, and can develop painful dental issues if they don’t chew enough. Make sure Floppy has lots of suitable chew toys.

Poor Grooming

Floppy’s exact grooming needs will depend on what type of bunny she is. Super fluffy rabbits, like Angoras, need daily brushing, while others only need to be brushed once or twice a week. Of course, all bunnies should be brushed daily during molts. You’ll also need to clip your pet’s claws and keep her eyes and ears clean.

Lack of Veterinary Care

Just like any other pet, bunnies need proper veterinary care to stay healthy. Follow your vet’s instructions. At home, watch for signs of illness. Contact your vet immediately if you notice anything unusual.

Bad Food/Treat Choices

Floppy has both a sweet tooth and a way of wrapping her owners around her paws. This is a dangerous combination. Don’t let your adorable pet cajole you into giving her too many snacks. This is very bad for her health! The bulk of your furry pal’s diet should be grass hay. Supplement this with commercial food, suitable fresh produce, and healthy treats. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Please call us, your Sugar Land, TX vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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