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General Rabbit Information

(courtesy of All-Star Rabbits)

What do you need to own a rabbit?

  • Hutch
  • Hay/straw
  • Water bottle or crock
  • Brush/stone/comb
  • Rabbit food
  • Nail clippers
  • Food dish
  • Litter pan
  • Shavings
and a RABBIT (of course!)

Rabbit Grooming

Tools needed to groom a rabbit:

  • Stone/brush/comb
    (Depends on the breed of rabbit)
  • Shampoo
  • Carpet square
  • Nail clippers/wire snips
  • Towel
  • Quick Stop
    (Available at local pet stores)

First Aid:
Basic Rabbit Diseases

Ear mite:  Ear infection that causes severe damage to the skin lining of the ear canal.  Treatment:  Clean the hutch with bleach, two or three drops of mineral oil in the ear, or flea powder in the ear.

Malocclusion:  An inherited condition where the lower teeth extend in front of the upper teeth.  The teeth will need to be cut.  (AKA buck or wolf teeth)

Snuffles:  Sneezing, runny nose, teary eyes, body temperature lower than normal.  No medication.  Improve ventilation and reduce stress.

Sore hocks:  Red and swollen spots on the bottom of the hind feet.  Very painful and fur may be rubbed off.  Medicate with Preparation-H or Neosporin–apply to hocks two times a day.  Putting a board in the cage is helpful, too.

Mucdid Enteritis:  Jelly-like substance around the manure.  Rabbit refuses to eat and may grind its teeth.  Isolate rabbit to a clean cage.  High fiber and low energy diet.  Give antibiotic in water to fight secondary

Winter Care

Begin to winterize when weather gets cool (October/November).  Rabbits can handle cold weather better than the summer heat.  Below are the necessary items to prepare for the wintry days ahead:

    • Two water bottles
    • Plastic tarp
    • Hay
    • Two crocks
    • Straw

    Summer Care

    Rabbits need special attention during the summer months.  Rabbits cool themselves through their ears.  Watch out for heat exhaustion.  Below are some helpful hints to cool your rabbit down:

      • Fresh water two times a day
      • Wipe down their ears
      • Shady tree
      • Wet down the hutch
      • Fan
      • Place a frozen water bottle in the cage