Your bunny needs regular check-ups with
a bunn-savvy vet. The catch is, many vets don't treat bunnies and
some that do really don't have the knowledge to do it properly.
The best advice I can give is get a vet
before you need one. Bunnies are very fragile because they
are basically prey animals. When they get ill they can go downhill
very quickly. Your best defense is a good offence. At the
first sign of symptoms, call your bunny-savvy vet and find out what you need to do.
Unfortunately, bunnies don't always
plan their illnesses outside of statutory holidays and weekends so in addition to
having access to a 24/7 emergency vet which will cost an awful lot, you
can prepare yourself with some supplies. Most are available in the baby aisle at
Ever notice your bunny moving their
head slowly back and forth when they look at you? This is called
scanning or tracking and is common in red-eyed bunnies, like New
Zealands. Don't worry, there is nothing wrong with your
rabbit. Rabbits are farsighted and have monocular vision meaning
they process sight from each eye separately. This enables them to
see movement all around them and very far away. It is a feature of
prey animals. Humans and other predators have binocular vision,
using information from both eyes together enabling us to judge distance
and see objects three dimensionally. If you notice your bunny has just
started this, never having done it before, it can be indicative of a
health problem and should be referred to a vet.
By far, the hardest thing a pet owner
will ever do is make the decision of whether to end their pet's
suffering. A good vet can help explain to you what your pet is
feeling in terms of pain and quality of life. However, the
decision is ultimately your own as much as everyone wishes it were not.
Here are some things to consider:
pet still like to eat?
pet still show affection to anyone including its mate?
pet still show interest in its environment by watching, sniffing
pet take care of themselves by grooming?
If you can answer yes to these
questions most of the time but still doubt your rabbit's quality of
think quantitatively. Do the good days outnumber the bad days?
Vet just West of Toronto. If you need to drive a bit,
its still a good idea because they are very knowledgeable about
rabbits and very reasonably priced. This is the vet we use.
com rates vets all across North America.
Vets in the Southern Ontario Region
Calculator - this is a handy way to determine how much to give
your rabbit. It includes some meds you will get to know well
if you have a rabbit such as Baytril and Pedialyte.
- this site contains a list of vets in several countries.
Everything you ever wanted to know about
rabbits but were afraid to ask ...