SPRING IS IN THE AIR

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TIPS ON SPRING AND SUMMER CARE FOR YOUR RABBIT

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SPRINGTIME WEATHER CAN BE DIFFICULT TO PREDICT WITH GUSTY WINDS, OCCAISIONAL RAIN SHOWERS AND SOME PRETTY WARM DAYS SO BE PREPARED FOR THE UNEXPECTED.

WE ARE CAUGHT BETWEEN HAVING LIGHTS ON THE NEW BABIES AT NIGHT AND FANS ON DURING THE DAY.  THE HARD PART IS TO KNOW WHICH IS BEST AND WHEN.   I PERSONALLY BELIEVE THE RABBITS PREFER 65 DEGREES ALL YEAR LONG (OR MAYBE THAT'S WHAT I PREFER). 

AT ANY RATE, PROTECT YOUR BUNNY/BUNNIES FROM GUSTY WINDS THAT CAN CARRY ALL SORTS OF NASTY THINGS INTO EYES AND NOSES.  WEEPY EYES AND SNEEZING NOSES ARE PART OF THE SPRINGTIME TRANSFORMATION.  A TARP OR PIECE OF HEAVY PLYWOOD WILL WORK FOR A WIND BREAK BUT WON'T OBSTRUCT THE AIR FLOW EXCEPT IN THE DIRECTION OF THE WIND.  TEMPERATURES CAN SOAR UNEXPECTEDLY LEAVING A POOR BUNNY TOO HOT.

TEA MAKES A WONDERFUL EYE WASH FOR THOSE RUNNY EYES.  DON'T RUSH INTO ANTIBIOTICS UNLESS THE DISCHARGE IS PURELANT AND LONG LASTING.  AT THAT POINT I PREFER POWDERED NEOMYCIN SULFATE (NFZ PEFFER) OVER THE OINTMENTS.   OINMENTS TEND TO GATHER DEBRIS RATHER THAN DISCOURAGE IT.

SNIFFLES AND SNEEZES CAN BE ALLERGIC IN NATURE OR INFECTIOUS.

IF YOU HAVE JUST FED HAY OR IT IS WINDY WHEN YOUR RABBIT STARTS SNEEZING, IT IS PROBABLY ALLERGIC.  MOVE THE RABBIT TO A MORE PROTECTED AREA AND SPRAY A LITTLE TEA OR VANODINE INTO THE NOSE TO IRRIGATE THE OFFENDING AGENT.

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IF THE DISCHARGE FROM THE NOSE IS CLEAR IT IS SAFE TO ASSUME AN ALLERGY.  IF THE DISCHARGE IS WHITE OR YELLOW HE HAS PICKED UP AN INFECTION WHICH MAY REQUIRE ANTIBIOTIC THERAPY.

SUNSHINE - HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?

RABBITS ENJOY A LITTLE SNOOZE IN THE MORNING SUN BUT THEY ARE EASILY OVERHEATED.  FILTERED SUNLIGHT IS BEST AND FOR A LIMITED TIME. WE TEND TO FORGET THAT WHERE THE HUTCH IS LOCATED IN WINTER IS NOT ALWAYS BEST IN SPRING OR SUMMER.

CHECK THE POSITION OF THE SUN SEVERAL TIMES DURING THE DAY TO BE SURE THE RABBIT CAN ESCAPE TO THE SHADE AT ANY TIME.

TEN MINUTES IN DIRECT SUN CAN BE ENOUGH TO CAUSE SUNSTROKE SO DON'T RISK IT.  REMEMBER, RABBITS ARE WEARING FUR COATS AND WHAT IS COOL TO YOU MAY BE HOT TO YOUR BUNNY.

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