Your Rabbit’s Health

You should visit a qualified exotics veterinarian at least once a year for check-ups on your rabbit’s diet, behavior, and health. Be prepared for your pet’s visits by making a list of any questions or concerns you may have ahead of time. Ask your veterinarian to recommend an appropriate age to have your rabbit spayed or neutered; this will increase the chances of a longer, healthier life for your pet. Many rabbit health problems are preventable with proper diet and care.

To locate a qualified exotics veterinarian near you, visit aemv.org.

Reasons to Contact Your Vet:

  • Loose, soft, or lack of stool

  • Small, dry, or infrequent stools

  • Blood in the urine

  • Sneezing or trouble breathing

  • Hunching in corner or lack of activity (lethargy)

  • Overgrown front teeth

  • Observed difficulty with chewing

  • Bald patches in the fur

  • Sores on the feet

  • Abnormal eating or drinking

Your Rabbit’s Behavior

Rabbits don’t usually like to be picked up or carried. The best way to interact with your rabbit is to get down to his level and play with him on the floor. Be sure you are always with your rabbit when he is out for playtime; rabbits are curious by nature and could get into trouble if left alone.

Some rabbit behaviors can seem rather strange. For example, you may see your rabbit eat its own poop. This is a normal, healthy behavior that provides essential vitamins and nutrients.