Rabbits

Deadly Virus in Rabbits

There are viruses lurking everywhere, some benign or dormant, others deadly. Myxomatosis, a pox disease is on the loose, striking rabbits. It is almost always fatal. Myxomatosis is transmitted by fleas, mosquitoes, fur mites, black flies and other biting insects. Symptoms can be seen quickly – swollen, pink-tinged eyes and genitals, also the rabbit’s face […]

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E. Cuniculi in Rabbits

E. Cuniculi (Encephalitzoan cuniculi) is a tiny protozoan, a one-celled organism. It is found in the environment and can affect animals and humans. In order to survive it has to live within a host which is mainly a rabbit. Your rabbit can become infected with E. Cuniculi several ways – from mother rabbit passing it […]

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A Rabbit’s Diet

Bugs Bunny, a Warner Bros. character, has made carrots a popular food for rabbits. But rabbits should not live on carrots alone nor too many of them. They need a variety of fruits and veggies for good health. The mainstay of a rabbit’s diet is hay or grasses with the addition of a small amount […]

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Safe Plants and Woods for Rabbits & Guinea Pigs

The ASPCA offers lists of what rabbits and guinea pigs can and can’t eat. Here are some plants they CAN eat : Alfalfa, basil, borage, checkweed, coltsfoot, dandelion, goldenrod, green clover, groundsel, mallow, plantain, yarrow, asters, marigolds, nasturtiums, sunflowers and sweet peas. These are some plants that are toxic and they CANNOT eat: Buttercups, deadly nightshade, […]

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Rabbit Pasteurella

Rabbit Pasteurella, known as snuffles, is a serious upper respiratory disease that requires the quick attention of a veterinarian. Snuffles is caused by Pasteurella multocida, a bacteria. Although many rabbits may be carriers, it does not cuase any problems in those whose immune systems are healthy and can fight off most infections. But rabbits with […]

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Rabbits, Other Small Pets and Lice

First, to allay any fears you may have, lice are specific to each individual species. In other words, lice from one type of animal cannot be transferred to another type of animal. Rabbits have their own rabbit lice. Lice from other species cannot be transferred to humans. If your rabbit or other small animal appears […]

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Hairballs in Rabbits

We’ve all heard about cats and hairballs, but did you know that rabbits can suffer from them as well. When rabbits groom themselves, they ingest some of the loose hair which often remains in the stomach. Rabbits cannot vomit as cats can, so the hair accumulates and can form a mass in the stomach called […]

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Grooming a Rabbit

Rabbits are generally clean animals. They keep themselves well-groomed, but we should pitch in too. Short-haired rabbits should be brushed at least once a week. Rabbits shed about every 3 months and during the shedding period, they benefit from more frequent brushings, even daily. This will help to prevent hairballs from forming. Long-haired rabbits, such […]

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A Rabbit’s Personality

Rabbits, just like humans, have individual personalities. Adult rabbits are products of their genetics and experiences. Before rabbits reach the stage when hormones become active, they should be spayed/neutered which usually improves their personality. It should be noted that female rabbits run an 80% chance of uterine cancer if not spayed by 5 years old. […]