Is your rabbit entering her golden years? Floppy is very cute and lovable, and she’ll still be very sweet and fun as she ages. However, you’ll want to change your focus from keeping your furry little friend occupied to keeping her healthy and comfortable. You’ll read some great tips on caring for an older rabbit in this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO veterinarian, serving Louisville and surrounding areas.
One of the best things you can do for Floppy is make sure that she has comfy bedding. You may want to put extra substrate in her cage. If your furball’s house has ramps, make sure that the angles aren’t too steep for her.
Older rabbits aren’t as lithe or coordinated as young ones, and they can easily slip and fall. Use carpet or non-slip mats in your adorable pet’s play area. If Floppy likes to jump onto certain things, like armchairs, get pet stairs to help her out a bit.
Older bunnies often become very sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. Try to keep Floppy’s room at a consistent, comfortable temperature.
Dehydration is a key concern with older rabbits. You may want to set out an extra water bowl or bottle. Make sure your furry pal’s water station is convenient and easy for her to reach. Another thing that may help is soaking Floppy’s green veggies in water.
Floppy will need to see her vet regularly. In between visits, watch for signs of illness. Like people, older rabbits often develop medical issues, such as arthritis and issues with their sight or hearing. Do some research, and learn about some of the more common conditions senior furballs may face. If you notice anything that could indicate sickness, call your vet right away.
Older bunnies often have difficulty grooming themselves, and they sometimes become incontinent. These things can cause them to have dirty bottoms. Brushing Floppy regularly will help keep her clean. She may also enjoy a cornstarch dry bath. Keep up with her dental care and nail trims as well.
Most of all, make sure your little buddy feels loved and safe. Pay lots of attention to Floppy, and cherish this time with her!
Do you have questions about bunny care? Contact us here at Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO veterinarian, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, anytime!