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Responsible Rabbit Care: Nurturing Your Bunny Companion and Preventing Abandonment

Rabbits require specific care and attention. They have complex dietary and housing needs, need regular exercise, and require mental stimulation. Some people may underestimate the commitment required to properly care for a rabbit, leading to abandonment when the responsibility become overwhelming.

Owning a domesticated rabbit comes with the responsibility of providing proper veterinary care and attention. Here are some essential tips to ensure the health and well-being of your furry friend:

Rabbits have specific health needs and regular check-ups are important for preventive care and early detection of any health issues. It is also important to discuss your rabbit’s diet with Dr. Thomas. She will be happy to review appropriate food choices that will meet your rabbit’s needs.

Dr. Thomas recommends spaying or neutering your rabbit, as it can prevent certain health issues and undesirable behaviors. It also helps control the rabbit population if you have both male and female rabbits.

Rabbits' teeth continuously grow, so providing appropriate chew toys and a healthy diet is crucial for dental health. Regular dental check-ups may be necessary to address any dental issues or teeth trimming.

Rabbits need a spacious enclosure or room that allows for hopping and stretching. Regular exercise and human interaction are essential for a rabbit's physical and mental well-being.

Rabbits require regular brushing to prevent matting and hairballs and nails trimmed when necessary. Monitor their ears for signs of infection or mites. Releasing a domesticated rabbit into the wild should never be considered as they lack necessary survival instincts. As they are bred and raised in captivity, they do not possess the instincts or knowledge required to find food, build suitable shelters, or avoid predators.

Domesticated rabbits rely on human care and struggle to find food, water, and shelter on their own. Releasing them can lead to starvation, dehydration, exposure to harsh weather conditions and potential harm, as they are not equipped to evade or defend against natural predators.

If you can no longer care for a rabbit, reach out to reputable animal shelters or rescue organizations for responsible rehoming options.

Remember, each rabbit is unique, and their care requirements may vary. Dr. Thomas is always available for personalized advice and guidance specific to your rabbit's health and needs.

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