Don’t get us wrong: we love rabbits. We think that they make wonderful pets and we love seeing our rabbit patients, but they are a lot of work. They are not “low maintenance” pets and are not suitable to be cared for by children alone.
Here are some quick rabbit facts to dissuade you from an impulse Easter purchase:
Rabbits can live for anywhere from 7-14 years. Their lifespan depends on the quality of care, but also genetics. Like in dogs, larger breed rabbits may not live as long compared to dwarf breeds.
They are not “low maintenance.” Rabbits are very social and need daily interaction and exercise.
They should not stay in their cage all the time: Rabbits need at least 30 hours of out-of-cage exercise per week! A lack of exercise not only contributes to obesity, but also digestive and urinary tract disorders. Bunny-proofing the home is critical.
Rabbits need an annual exam (just like dogs and cats!) with an exotics-experienced veterinarian. Rabbits are masters at hiding signs of illness, so regular exams can help to detect problems early.
Rabbits have complex nutritional needs, and disease related to inappropriate diet is the #1 reason for sick rabbit appointments at Companion Animal Hospital. These problems are much easier to prevent than to treat.
Take a look at our House Rabbit Caresheet, and talk to our helpful staff if you have any more questions about rabbit care and health.
I am sure you all know that it's important to make sure our furry friends stay active. However, once winter time hits well that is simply more difficult with the snow and storms that come around. So then how do we keep our friends active in winter as we would in spring/summer? Why is physical activity & mental stimulation so important for animals? Well simply put, as humans do, if they are stuck inside, they will get bored which then can make them become destructive and have other negative behaviors. Cats
Cats may not always be outside walking like dogs, but you may still notice with the change in weather maybe they are slowing down and not exercising like they should? Here are some helpful ways to encourage them to exercise. Set up a game of hide and seek and hide toys or treats for them to find.
Bring in something new from outside like a stick to mentally stimulate them and work out their brain. The new smells and textures can be very enriching for them.
Winter is the perfect time for box forts for our kitty friends. If you have spare time made them a kitty castle or kitty boat whatever your imagination can think of!
And of course, everyone likes a little stimulation from Tv. Put on something on the tv or a tablet and let them watch it but be careful they do not knock over your TV. Dogs
Our dog friends love to be outside! This is great when the weather is cooperating but on those days that it just makes no sense to go outside or is unsafe to so you can try these helpful exercising tips. Let them walk/run on a treadmill. Now as great as this is for exercise you also need to be careful. Desensitize them to the treadmill first, and start slowly. It can be dangerous if not done properly.
If your furry friend likes car rides, go on a trip together even just a short one. Let them enjoy the different sights and smells.
Winter is perfect time to learn new tricks! This is the time to teach them that special trick you have wanted to for a while.
Set up an obstacle course in your house for them to try and get through. Written by: Ashley G, VT
Masks are now optional for both staff and clients at our hospital. Please respect everyone's comfort level. Here is what you can expect:
There are no longer any capacity limits on our exam rooms or reception area
Masks are optional for both team members and clients.
For food / medication / retail:
It is best to call your order in ahead of time so the team can get it ready for you.
Please allow 24 - 48 hours for medication refills
We are continuing to see all cases by appointment only including pets in need of: vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, parasite prevention, and more.
Monday to Friday: 7:30 am – 7:30 pm Saturday: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Companion Animal Hospital