Rabbits seem to be having a moment in Vancouver. Between relaxing stressed out university students at bunny-yoga, running a whimsical rabbit habitat at Jericho Beach and their wildly increasing popularity as a pet choice for those in our increasingly challenging housing market, it seems the answer to the age old question is here… In the battle of cats vs dogs who wins? Bunnies. Bunnies win.
And why not? Not only are rabbits a great combination of all the things we love about cats (they use litter, they have a hilarious love of boxes, and they’re not as attention demanding as canine friends) and the best parts of dogs (they’re affectionate and cuddly, they’re playful and are a great pet for both kids and adults alike) there are a lot of amazing other attributes to get you excited about rabbits too! Ever been chastised by your cat or dog? Bunnies are silent – you neighbours will love you! Sick of spending a fortune on treats? To spoil your bunny, feed them fresh lettuce! They won’t destroy your sofa when they’re bored or wake you up in the middle of the night chasing ghosts! The list goes on and on….
A happy and healthy bunny needs very few things to keep him in good health and spirits – a varied diet of pellets, hay, and vegetables; A warm and comfortable space to sleep with a litter box, food and water; some simple toys to keep them entertained; a good brushing to keep their coat from matting, and of course, lots of love and affection!
In terms of medical attention, rabbits need a yearly check up like any other pet, regular nail trims, and (for some) a routine teeth trim. “A teeth trim??” I hear you ask “What?”. Rabbits are one of several pocket pets that have regenerative teeth! A tooth trim can be anything from grinding a few millimeters off the front incisors, to completely removing a tooth if necessary to let it grow back. It’s a relatively short and simple process that can take from 5 minutes up to 30 minutes depending on the health of your rabbit’s teeth.
With a huge list of breeds to choose from – whether you want a fluffy Angora, a big and bossy Rex, or a sweet little Holland Lop, getting your hands on the right breed for you is as easy as heading into your local BC SPCA branch! Yes, you can rescue a bunny, and not only give an abandoned animal a home, but support an extremely worthy organization in the process!
Now for the best news – both Vancouver East Veterinary Clinic and Arbutus West Animal Clinic have doctors who specialize in small pet health! We can set you up with feeding and toy guides, advise you on any questions you may have, and most importantly, make sure your big-eared-buddy has a clean bill of health. We also stock rabbit food, hay, treats and vitamins so come and visit us for your one stop shop for a healthy and happy bunny!