Adopting A Rescued Rabbit

February is Adopt A Rescued Rabbit Month. If you’re looking for a pet that is super cute, lots of fun, and perhaps a bit mischievous, you may want to consider getting a bunny. That said, while rabbits are definitely adorable, they do need lots of TLC, so it’s important to do some research before adopting one. Here, a Columbia, MD vet discusses adopting a rescued bunny.

Bunny Adoptions

There’s a reason that so many rescued bunnies need good homes. Many people just fall in love with these guys, and adopt them on impulse. This sounds well and good, but people don’t always realize that rabbits need a lot of care and attention. Easter is another problem here. It isn’t uncommon for people to buy their children Easter bunnies, only to rehome them shortly after. We just can’t state this enough: adopting an animal is a lifetime commitment, and one you want to be sure of before proceeding with.

Getting Ready For Floppy

Your bunny will need a roomy, comfortable cage. Choose one with a solid floor, as wire bottoms can cause injuries. You’ll need to add a suitable substrate, a hide box, water bottle, and lots of chew toys. Bunnyproofing is definitely on the agenda. Anything within paws’ reach is fair game, so you’ll need to remove or secure things like toxic plants, wires and cords, and small or sharp objects. Use protective coverings on things like baseboards and furniture legs, and seal off small openings your rabbit could get into.

Veterinary Care

One of the first things you’ll want to do is take Floppy to the vet. You’ll need to find a vet that is experienced with bunny care. This is also a good chance for you to get some tips on your new pet’s diet and care needs!

Choosing Your Pet

Before you choose your new pet, look into different breeds. Some need a bit more care than others do. For instance, Angora bunnies need daily brushings, while short-haired bunnies may only need to be brushed once a week, unless they are molting. Your pet’s personality is another thing to consider. Rabbits are all unique, just like people. Spend some time with Floppy, and make sure she is a good fit for you.

Please contact us, your Columbia, MD vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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