Category Archives: Rabbits

Care and Housing Bunnies As Pets 

Found one? You can save baby rabbits if they are provided with a HUMID warm box. (See this article, too)

When you find a baby bunny, especially one that’s been apprehended by a predator like your cat – it’s in a bad way. Stress levels are insane. Odds of survival, low. However, add to this, a puncture, broken bone, lung bruise, etc. Really low.

Then, they get a low blood sugar which a lot of caregivers don’t anticipate. They think the bunny is “slipping away” while its sugar declines. That should be sustained. Heat. Some fluids for volume support, but they should be warmed fluids.

Heat. And more heat. An incubator is nice because overheating isn’t.

Bunnies are an increasingly common pet in the United States. They are hardy, easy to care for, and can be left without hazard when the owners leave for a vacation. Dogs cannot afford us this kind of autonomy.

Rabbits have peculiarities you should be aware of, however.

Rabbits need good ventilation to do well. Cages make better homes than aquariums, even if the top of the aquarium is screened. The wastes of rabbits are high in nitrogen, and they can burn the sinuses if free flow of air is impeded.

It is best if the selected cage has a wire bottom to hold the rabbit up off the litter. Any litter will do in this type of facility, including cedar shavings, green kitty litters, and clay litters. The stool and urine of the rabbit simply drops through the cage bottom into the absorbent litter, and odor is only rarely a problem.

Water delivery is far better via water bottle than by bowl. Water bottles keep the water clean and fresh, and a dark green water bottle will actually discourage the growth of algae in the water. Water bottles cannot be turned over and so they limit spoilage of the litter.

Rabbit feeds are varied. There are poor diets based on seed that should be avoided. For best results, a pellet is selected, or for optimal results, a block food is selected called “Lab Blocks”. These are the type of feed given to lab animals, they are balanced with plant fiber and protein, as well as providing rich calcium supplies and other essential minerals. The blocks are so hard, they hone the teeth nicely. The diet can be supplemented with fresh dark greens, apples and carrots. Lettuce and light green veggies are hazardous to rabbits as they can cause gas formation and discomfort.

Rabbits are tolerant of cold weather as long as their facilities are dry and shielded from drafts.

Illness’ of rabbits are few. They can carry worms, and so a fecal examination is a good idea, particularly when rabbits are new. After the initial checks, carriage of worms is uncommon due to limited exposure.

Rabbits can and do form hairballs. Regular brushing, especially in the Spring, is one way to avoid this. Vegetable roughage in the diet also helps, and finally, petrolatum laxatives along with limited use of Pineapple juice are also effective, (despite recent reports that they do not).

It is not uncommon for hairballs to form that require surgical intervention. Recognizing this and getting them to surgery in time, is essential.

If a dog can get under a rabbit’s hutch – even a good dog, will necessarily yank the rabbits toes down through the hutch grate. Do NOT create a hutch that can permit predators to get under the hutch.

Rabbits have no vaccination requirements.

What to Do With A Domestic Bunny In Your Yard?

Found Bunnies, Domestic or Wild Babies or Adults

“This guy showed up this morning in our yard off Twin Branch…. Anyone missing a white pet bunny?”

“I saw a news report the other day about people disposing of pet bunnies. I imagine some think its nice to give your child a pet bunny for Easter but then they realize its not so easy to care for it so they just drop them off in the woods. Such a sad world.”

“House Rabbit Rescue might be able to take him, if they aren’t full.”

“Please contact the Georgia House Rabbit Society Rescue on Shallowford Road (located near Lassiter HS). This sweet fuzzy baby is not meant to be living outside (domesticated rabbit). Please try to catch him/her. Unfortunately, many people think it’s ok to let rabbits out into the wild when they’re tired of them…it’s not. We adopted a rabbit from this wonderful rescue. Our sweet boy has physical scars from being dumped and left to fend for himself. He is now happy and loved. He is one of the lucky ones.”

Ask for Jen at the Georgia House Rabbit Society Rescue on Shallowford Road (located near Lassiter HS) or Philip. They have a heart for domestic bunnies that have been “turned out” into the wild- 678-653-7175

https://www.houserabbitga.com/

HOURS of OPERATION:
Monday 11am – 5pm
Tuesday 11am – 7pm
Wednesday 11am – 5pm
Thursday 11am – 5pm
Friday 11am – 5pm
Saturday 12pm – 5pm
Sunday – Closed

“We are the Georgia House Rabbit Society (GHRS), a volunteer-based nonprofit 501(c)3 rabbit rescue organization serving the metro Atlanta area and beyond. Since our formation in 1996, we have rescued over 3500 domesticated rabbits in need.

​In 2010 we opened our Rabbit Shelter in Marietta, Georgia.

Our rescue is the only rabbit specific shelter in Georgia and there are only a few like it in the country.

​Our stand alone facility serves multiple purposes. In addition to providing housing for our rescued rabbits, the shelter also serves as a learning center, a boarding facility, and a source for quality rabbit supplies.”

I downloaded a useful article on Orphaned Baby Bunnies_ Wild and Domestic

Please contact a Wildlife Rehabber or rabbit vetimmediately. Other rehabbers:  Wildlife Rehabbers US States A- M, and Wildlife Rehabbers US States N-Z and International Rehabbers.