Are you considering a new pet? Rabbits can make wonderful companions and are often overlooked as pets. Many new pet owners are unfamiliar with the care rabbits need or where to get one. Luckily, our team at Homey Gnome Veterinary Clinic is here to help! Our team has years of experience caring for various exotic pets, including rabbits.
In this article, we’ll discuss what you need to know about rabbit adoption and answer some of the most common rabbit care questions.
Why You Should Consider Rabbit Adoption
While there are many options when it comes to getting a rabbit, adopting through a local shelter or rescue group offers many benefits. Thousands of rabbits end up in shelters every year and are in desperate need of a home. Adopting a rabbit provides a loving home for an animal in need and creates room for other animals who may need help.
Additionally, working with a local shelter or rescue group can be extremely helpful for new rabbit owners. Most adopted rabbits have already been spayed or neutered and are typically older than those you would get from a breeder. Because of this, adopted bunnies are more likely to be litter box trained and accustomed to being handled.
Adopting a mature rabbit can make the transition into rabbit ownership a bit smoother. The shelter or rescue group may also be able to provide additional resources to help you adjust to your new pet.
What Will Your Rabbit Need?
Before bringing home your rabbit, you will need a few general care items. The first is an appropriate carrier to transport your new pet and keep them safe. Once your pet is home, they will need an enclosure and a few basic necessities such as food bowls, water bowls, a litter box, bedding, and toys.
Regarding food, it’s essential to ensure your rabbit is eating a well-balanced diet. Rabbits are herbivores and require a plant-based diet. This diet may consist of a combination of hay, greens, fruits, vegetables, and a small amount of commercial pellets.
Finding the proper balance can be tricky. However, our team is happy to answer your nutrition questions and help you get your new friend on the right track.
Understanding Your Rabbit’s Medical Needs
Just like cats and dogs, rabbits require routine veterinary care. This includes regular exams and preventative treatments. Veterinary appointments are essential for assessing your pet’s well-being and keeping them healthy for years to come.
While not all veterinary clinics treat exotic pets, our team at Homey Gnome Veterinary Clinic is proud to take care of your rabbit’s needs. During your pet’s appointment, we will provide a comprehensive exam and discuss any concerns you may have about your pet’s health.
Adopting a rabbit is a fantastic way to welcome a new furry member into your family. Bringing a rabbit home is a serious commitment, and it’s essential to make sure you are prepared to care for your new bunny’s needs. If you have additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment for your new pet, please give us a call at 651-202-3388.
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