Rabbit Care – Basic Health Considerations for your Rabbit

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Rabbit care expert Aileen Kara Hudspeth discusses rabbit care and basic health considerations for your rabbit.

    Aileen Kara Hudspeth: Hi, my name is Aileen Kara Hudspeth. I am with Friends of Rabbits. We are talking about how to care for your rabbit and we will be discussing basic health considerations today and this is Lucy with me. We will be talking about Lucy, who is probably the best example of what a healthy rabbit is. Lucy is obviously not lethargic, she is very active. We are going to talk about rabbit's noses should be dry. There should be no labored breathing. We are going to talk about eye should be clear. There should be no abscess, there should be no moisture, excess moisture, any type of crustiness around the eyes. They should be clear, they should be able to see and get some reaction from her when I do this. Her ears should be warm to the touch. They could be a little warmer obviously, they could be cold too if you just wake up and your rabbit has been sleeping for a while. There is the possibility that temperature would drop in the ears. Her skin in general should be soft. Obviously, rabbit sheds so if you keep a good brushing, will help keep this coat soft. Physical wise, you can see some problems with your rabbit if they have gas. They may shy away from you. They may not want to move. They may hide. Also problems with GI stasis is also called Gastrointestinal stasis which would be good common things to look for and that is, if your rabbit hasn't been making any fecal droppings, that's important, that means that something is going in and nothing is coming out. That would need to be discussed with you veterinary doctor immediately. That is something that obviously can't wait and you want to make sure you take care of that. Their feet should be soft, but they may have some soreness on the back of their feet where their hair has gone and that's something you need to make sure that you pay attention to. In general, in the litter box you would want to make sure that you are paying attention to what you are seeing. You should be seeing fecal dropping. You should be seeing urine. Urine can be anywhere from a light yellow color or it can be dark sometimes. Just because you see red urine, don't assume that there is a problem. Obviously, check with your vet if you have any questions, but the color of the urine can also be based on what they are taking in because coloring of food can affect the color of urine. In general, your rabbit should be very active, lifestyle should be up and around. If you see something out of the ordinary, you need to make sure that you address it and obviously, if you go out of town, someone is watching your rabbit, having an emergency list of vets in the area that are open is important to you and to anyone else who you would possibly have house sitting for you. Those are some basic health considerations about your rabbit. Next we will be discussing how to give medications to a rabbit.