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What to Consider Before Buying a Pet Bunny for Easter

By Species, By Topic, Care & Wellness, Exotic

During the Easter season, many people are setting up Easter egg hunts in their backyards, going to church, and indulging in Easter candy. Some people like to kick the festivities up a notch, by adding a pet bunny.

We get it! Bunnies are cute and fluffy like stuffed animals! Rabbits hop around, sniff, and twitch their little ears. It’s all very cute! But here’s the thing; rabbits are living creatures and not stuffed toys! In fact, rabbits can sustain fatal injuries, if they are handled too much. Rabbits are physically delicate, and if not handled properly, can sustain severe spinal injuries. Rabbits also have sensitive digestive tracts and can develop potentially fatal gastrointestinal problems, if they are too stressed out from overhandling.

It’s also important to remember that a bunny’s life goes on long after the holiday ends. Owning a rabbit is a 6 to 12 year commitment, during which the owner must provide proper feeding, housing, and veterinary care, which costs around $800 annually. Many people don’t think about this and make an impulsive decision to get a pet bunny, which has tragic consequences. Every year, during the months following Easter, thousands of rabbits are relinquished to animal shelters, put to sleep, or set loose in the wild – where they often starve to death, perish from exposure, or are eaten by predators.

Rabbits are gentle, intelligent, and cute animals. They can be a welcome and enriching part of your household if cared for correctly and given the attention they need. Pet rabbits should not be purchased on a whim, nor should the responsibility of their care be entrusted solely to young children. If you plan on owning more than one rabbit, spaying or neutering one or both of them is strongly recommended to prevent unwanted litters. Before bringing a pet rabbit home, a family should be prepared and educated on all of their many needs.

The ASPCA website as a good starter resource for potential rabbit owners. If you are thinking of adopting, or have recently adopted a bunny, call CEDARCREST Animal Clinic at 540-943-7577 to schedule a new pet wellness exam.

CEDARCREST Animal Clinic provides medical and surgical care for every stage of your pet's life including preventive wellness care exams and vaccines, spays/neuters, and a variety of specialized care for your dog, cat, avian, or exotic. We are home to the only veterinarian practitioner in Virginia to be double Boarded in Avian and Canine/Feline care and provide care for birds, small mammals, and reptiles of all sorts! Plus, we are home to Virginia's most exclusive dog boarding resort that includes heated floors, an expansive play area, and even webcams so you can watch your pet while you're away. We're located in Fishersville, Virginia, and serve Augusta County and surrounding areas including Waynesboro, Staunton, Harrisonburg, and Charlottesville. 

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