Health and Medical Management of your Rabbit
Observation is the key to making sure that you spot your rabbit's health problems early. Rabbits, unlike humans, cats, and dogs, can get into life threatening situations much more quickly (Emergency? See ⇒Rabbit 911). Rabbits will try to hide that they are ill. This is a tactic that prey animals use to avoid being selected for dinner by predators. Learn as much as you can about rabbit health in general. Learn your particular rabbit's usual behaviors, the normal feel of his/her body, his/her routine eating and elimination habits, the normal appearance of his/her fecal pellets, and his/her daily routines. Subtle changes can indicate that your rabbit is having a problem. Keep in mind that everyone, even rabbits, have off days. However, with rabbits it is better to err on the side of caution.
A healthy adult rabbit should see his/her vet once per year for a well rabbit exam.
A healthy geriatric rabbit, age 6 and above, should see his/her vet every six months for a well rabbit exam.
Keep a file or notebook with all your rabbit's medical records.
Take it with you when you visit your vet's office so you can add the results of the most recent exam to it. This information is invaluable if you have to visit an emergency clinic where your rabbit is unknown.
Rabbit Diagnostic Laboratory Tests
Hematological (blood) tests helps your vet understand what is wrong with your rabbit
so that s/he can make an accurate diagnosis.
Learn more: ⇒ Rabbit Health / Tests at lagomorphs.com.
Link to the site, select "Rabbit Health" from the menu on the left, then scroll down on the right to find "Tests".
Take a class from RabbitWise!
Have a DISABLED RABBIT?
⇒Join an information and support group for people with a disabled bun.
More information at ⇒Disabled Rabbits Web Site