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It’s Adopt A Senior Pet Month! A lot of the attention here is going to focus on dogs and cats, but there are also many older rabbits who need loving homes. Senior bunnies make adorable pets! A Tipp City, OH vet lists some care tips below.
With proper care, Floppy can live up to 14 years. The signs of aging can be fairly subtle in bunnies, at least at first. Some things to watch for include thinning coats, weight gain or loss, and changing fur color. Your fuzzy buddy may sleep more than she used to, and probably won’t be very playful. She may also be a bit clumsy at times.
Your furball may have trouble jumping up to her favorite spots. You can get her pet ramps or steps, or make ‘stairs’ for her out of footstools, ottomans, or shallow storage totes. We also recommend using soft rugs and non-slip mats in Floppy’s play area.
Older pets often get quite stiff and sore. Get Floppy a good bed, so that she can sleep comfortably. Just choose one she won’t eat!
Proper veterinary care is a must! Your vet may recommend bringing Floppy in twice a year, instead of annually. Dental disease, cataracts, and heart issues are all common in older bunnies. If you have a lop, then your furball is also at increased risk of ear problems. In between visits, watch for signs of illness. Some common ones are lack of appetite; lethargy; teeth grinding; unusual posture, behavior, or vocalizations; stiffness; and respiratory issues. Call your vet immediately if you notice any of these red flags, or anything else out of the ordinary.
You may need to make some minor adjustments to your furry friend’s diet. Generally, a low-calorie, high-fiber diet is best for older rabbits. Dehydration is a concern with these guys, so make sure Floppy always has fresh water. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Floppy may prefer a litterbox that’s low to the ground. Adding some extra substrate will make it easier for her to use.
Finally, make sure Floppy feels loved and safe. Spend time with her every day, and pay lots of attention to her. You’ll still get the occasional binkie!
Do you want to learn more about senior bunny care? Contact us, your Tipp City, OH vet, today!