June 25, 2017

Below are articles which contain helpful information about rabbit care. We cover everything from diet to bunny matchmaking. If you are looking for a particular subject, try using the search bar at the top of the page and enter your keyword.


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Pen Living for Rabbits!

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Sweet Home for Bunny: X-Pens  – Adapted from http://therabbithaven.org/Housing.html   X-pen with lightweight walls and handmade houses of cardboard. Loving, friendly environments for the rabbit in your family.     Portable wire exercise pens are the most versatile, the easiest to clean, and the best way to give your rabbit what they need. Space, toys […]

Rabbit Diet

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        Adult Rabbits 1/4 – 1/2 cup limit of daily of pellets (per 5 lbs. rabbit) – (plain pellets, no colorful treats or seeds) Vets recommend timothy hay -based pellets instead of alfalfa based for adults.     Recommendations are OXBOX ADULT (ESSENTIALS, Organic or Natural Science)  or other timothy-based pellets          See note below ** Juvenile […]

The Caution of Outdoor Exercise

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CAUTION FOR OUTDOOR EXERCISE FOR RABBITS  Outdoor hazards  Hawks and crows from overhead –     There are more and more hawks returning to our area.  It only takes a second for one to swoop down and capture a rabbit running loose in a yard or deck. Neighborhood loose dogs/cats –   a stray or wandering dog or […]

Adopting or Maintaining Bonded Rabbit Pairs

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  Congratulations on adopting your bonded pair of rabbits or on bonding your single rabbits! As you know, rabbits are very social creatures and live happiest with another (neutered) bunny. They are also territorial creatures and occasionally they will spat (just like human relationships in which two live very close). Below are some tips to […]

Old Rabbit Paralysis: Part I

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Old Rabbit Paralysis Part 1: Spondylosis of the Lumbar Spine and Trauma Q. We have been told that our bunny has “old bunny paralysis” and nothing can be done. Is this true? What is this and why does it happen? There are many diseases that can affect the neurological state of a rabbit. It is […]

Old Rabbit Paralysis Part II: Parasites

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PARASITES The two most common parasites causing neurological disease in the rabbit are Encephalitozoon cuniculi (also known as Nosema cuniculi) and Baylisascaris procyonis. In this part of the series we will discuss Encephalitozoon cuniculi. Encephalitozoon cuniculi Cause: There is a protosoal (one-celled) organism in the microsporidia family that can infect a number of species of […]

Old Rabbit Paralysis: Part III

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Baylisascaris Procyonis Q. We have been told that our bunny has “old bunny paralysis” and nothing can be done. Is this true? What is this and why does it happen? To review briefly, there are many causes of weakness in the pet rabbit. We have discussed vertebral spondylosis and trauma in Part I and a […]

Old Rabbit Paralysis: Part IV

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Old Rabbit Paralysis Part IV: Strokes, Infections, Neoplasia (Cancer), and Systemic Disease Q. We have been told that our bunny has “old bunny paralysis” and nothing can be done. Is this true? What is this and why does it happen? This is part four, the final in a series on the cause of paralysis or […]

Rabbit GI Physiology and Nutrition

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by Susan A. Brown, DVM Rabbits are strict herbivores. Their relatively small body size makes it difficult to store large volumes of coarse fiber as might be done in the cow or horse. The gastrointestinal tract (GIT) attempts to eliminate fiber as quickly as possible. Large fiber particles stimulate motility of the GIT. The rabbit […]

E. Cuniculi

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by Susan A. Brown, DVM E. cuniculi is a one celled organism that is a parasite that can affect a number of different species of animals. It is a common finding in rabbits and the majority of the time itdoesn’t cause any obvious clinical disease at all. It is spread through urine as the “adult” […]