Did you know that pets can carry diseases to your home and infect your family with zoonotic diseases?
Yes! humans can become contaminated by their pets and that's why it is so important to consider where your furry friend comes from.
A zoonotic disease can be spread between pets and humans. Some of these diseases are transmitted by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.
When adopting your pet bunny be sure to ask your shelter, seller or breeder when was your pet dewormed. Would be wise to observe their living conditions and their vet care records.
Unfortunately, many rabbits sold today are not being dewormed or seen by a vet, and they can cause a threat to your family's health.
Here at Gio's Holland Lop of Utah, our rabbits are dewormed both for internal and external parasites. Our vet is scheduled for his routine visit on Feb 13, 2018! We are the only USDA licensed breeder in Utah.
If you want to learn more about keeping your family safe from zoonotic diseases follow this link.
Due to the popularity of our hand raised Holland lop rabbits, we keep a waiting list on our future litters. We only breed our females few times per year, so the bunnies we do sell are sold only by waiting list.
Our goal is to produce high-quality offspring that will allow us to compete in rabbit shows Nationwide. We selectively breed true dwarfs which have very small litters. Out of all the babies that are born in our rabbitry we keep most of them until they are at least 4-5 months. The babies that are clearly pet quality are sold to forever homes after they have been approved for our waiting list. Not everyone qualifies.
We work really hard and hope that all of our bunnies are going to loving families that have the correct expectation. Because of that, it can take up to 3 -4 months until we can make the perfect match between you and one of our bunnies. We want your experience to be a happy and memorable one.
"The proof is in the pudding"
The first thing you need to understand about rabbit's potty training is that rabbits are not like dogs. They are not going to stand by the door, until you open it so they can go potty.
Many believe that rabbits will poop to mark their territory, if that's true or not... I don't know.. but I do know that rabbit poops a lot. 300-600 dry pellets per day!
Can you imagine cleaning all that poop everyday for the next 10-12 years? Actually cleaning rabbit's poop is a piece of cake when comparing with their urine.
Their urine smells, and stains everything it touches.
I cannot even imagine having a indoor bunny without potty training.
I start my potty training process at very early age, as I believe that is the best time to start. When my babies are sold at 9 weeks old, they are 100% urine trained and about 80% poop trained. As they mature and are spayed or neutered they are just going to be better.
What if you already have a bunny and can't stand cleaning his mess anymore?
Here are 3 easy tips to help you potty train your bunny
1-Give your bunny space to "go". Little litter boxes are ineffective!
2-Reduce their space until they learn the trick.
3- rabbits poop where they eat, so feed them near their litter boxes.
I was inspired to make this post after I saw an ad for a "Show Quality" baby Holland Lop for sale. It made me laugh.
New breeders are inclined to advertise their best babies as "Show Quality" and to be honest a lot of times they do so in ignorance but honesty. They look thru a baby and are unable to recognize faults because their age. Holland lops are the hardest rabbit's to judge, they have so many different stages that they go thru that a new breeders
simply believe they are being honest when they advertise "Show Quality" babies.
You cant tell if a baby that young will be a show rabbit period! Their teeth still developing. Their genitals still developing and their body type isn't completely developed at least until they are 6 months old.
I think it would be fair to say "Showable" if you don't see Disqualifications. But to say "Show Quality "is a bit deceiving to new buyers that are unaware of the differences. IMO
In recent years we have seen pet rabbits becoming very popular here in the United States.
Many people who live in small houses or apartments are choosing rabbits rather than cats and dogs when adopting a new pet.
Rabbits are perfect indoor pets for seniors too, they are clean and quiet. They prefer the tranquil environment of a senior's home and all the attention they receive.
With the popularity of rabbits increasing, so is the need to find a rabbit savvy Veterinarian. Although rabbits are healthy and do not have many health problems, the occasional illness can be stressful for both you and your pet bunny.
Knowing when to take your pet rabbit to the vet is extremely important. There are times when your bunny will need a vet, for example, if he has an upper respiratory infection, high fever or dehydration. Other times would be better to stay home and avoid the stress caused by the car ride.
A wellness consultation here in Utah can go anywhere from $39.99-$ 65.00 depending on the day of week and time of consultation. The real problem with exotic pet vets is the cost of medications. You must be aware of the difference in prices between buying your medicine at your vet's office versus elsewhere.
Here are some illness, treatments and available medication that can be purchased elsewhere and save you tons!
This is the most common illness in a rabbit.
Symptoms: No appetite, lack of interest, no poop and hunched back in a corner.
Treatment: Get his digestive tract moving again. It is imperative that you force feed with a recovery food like Oxbow Critical care fed by syringe. My vet recommends 15 ml of critical care every hour until the bunny is eating on his own. You should also force feed water and pineapple juice to help hydrate its gut.
When a bunny has gas, you must act quickly. It is a deadly condition and causes severe pain!
Symptoms: Hard belly, that is bloated. This normally occurs after a bunny hasn't eaten for a while. Commonly seen when the bunny is having GI Stasis.
Treatment: gently massage your bunny's tummy and help him break down the gas. you can also give him babygas relief medication at a rate of 1 ml per hour for the first 3 hours of illness.
Rabbits can catch mites from other pets, from the outside grass and from your contaminated shoe!
If you see white flakes on your rabbit skin you probably have to treat for mites.
Ivermectin is an effective medication to treat mites,however, it is very easy to overdose a bunny with Ivermectin. You just need a tiny amount as Ivermectin is very strong.
When I deworm my rabbits I use a q-tip to scoop a tiny amount from the tube and scrub their teeth with it. If you like to see how big of amount just text me I can send you a picture.
Holland Lops are prone to develop watery eye due to the shape of their heads. They have flat faces and that causes their tears ducts to get clogged causing tear to drop down their eyes and cause skin irritation.
Treatment: Keep the area around the eye salt free and dry. You can use Vetericyn Eye wash to clean your bunny's eye.
Welcome to my Blog. I hope to inspire you to develop a wonderful relationship with your rabbits. I will share my thoughts and daily updates here. I hope you enjoy!