You should always measure the feed because the first sign
your bunny is sick is that he quits eating.
Adding tea to the drinking water reduces the ammonia in the urine and
helps reduce bacteria overgrowth.
Very few bunnies ever die of old age!
Leading causes of rabbit deaths
HAIRBALLS - rabbits
need hay or straw as part of their weekly diet so help them pass the hair out of their
system. Chewable papaya tablets or fresh papaya and fresh pineapple help as well.
A rabbit that quits eating probably is developing a hairball. ALWAYS
CONSIDER IT AN EMERGENCY WHEN YOURRABBIT
QUITS EATING! Delay can cost your bunny it's life!
DIARRHEA - abrupt
changes in feed or greens fed to young rabbits can lead to diarrhea, dehydration and
death. NEVER FEED LETTUCE! If rabbits show any signs
of diarrhea, remove all green pellets and feed old fashioned Quaker Oatmeal or dry
bread. Willow leaves and mint will also help stop the diarrhea.
ACCIDENT - rabbits
don't always land on their feet when dropped like a cat. Broken backs are not uncommon
injuries. Dislocated spines are treatable but fractures are not.
- Rabbits don't sweat or pant. They can only exchange heat through the
blood vessels in their ears and can become overheated and die very easily.
Ways to cool them:
Take a 2 litre plastic bottle filled with water that has been frozen
overnight and put it in your rabbits' cage when the temperature reaches 80 degrees or
hotter. It will drop the air temperature around the rabbit considerably. Keep an
extra on hand to use while one is re-freezing.
Attach a drip irrigation hose to the top edge of the hutch roof.
The water running drown the back of the cage will act as a swamp cooler.
You can attach a misting system near or over the cage.
If you use a fan, direct the air OVER or UNDER the cage. NOT
DIRECTLY ON THE RABBIT.
Domestic rabbits are
born naked, deaf and blind.
Jack rabbits are born
fully furred and ready to run.
Mothers only nurse the
young once a day for the first two weeks.
Rabbits have a very
keen sense of smell and are usually sensitive to the smell of smoke, perfume and fabric
softeners. Many are allergic to perfumes and dust. Flowery smells may lead to nipping to see if it is edible.
Although rabbits are very clean and seldom need a bath any flea
shampoo or spray that is safe for kittens is safe for rabbits. But
be sure to dry the fur completely so the bunny doesn't catch cold.