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Holidays With Rabbits

Do you have a bunny? Rabbits are very fun and adorable pets. However, they can also be quite mischievous. You’ll want to take a few precautions to keep your little buddy happy, healthy, and safe over the next few weeks. The holidays can be a dangerous time for Floppy! A Columbia, MD vet discusses holidays with rabbits below.

Gifts

Don’t forget to get your furry pal a few gifts! Soft beds are a good option for any bunny. If Floppy could use a bigger cage, this is a great time to get her one. You can also give your cute pet some empty boxes or gift bags, as long as they are free of things like tape, staples, ribbons, and bows, and are not printed with toxic ink.

Decorations

Who says you can’t have some fun with Floppy’s cage? You can decorate your bunny’s cage with a cardboard tree, paper snowmen, or paper snowflake chains. You can even hang decorations above or behind the cage, as long as they are well out of reach. If you want to go all-out, give your furry friend a soft blanket or pillow that’s printed with a holiday pattern. Avoid anything with sharp edges, small parts, or dangling threads.

Food

Rabbits may not be quite as theatrical about begging as dogs or cats, but they’re still in danger of eating something that isn’t safe. Some dangerous foods include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; chocolate; avocado; walnuts; bread, pasta, and cereal; processed foods, especially ones with a lot of salt, sugar, or fat; potatoes; rhubarb; cauliflower; oatmeal; and peanut butter. Ask your vet for more information.

Safety

We probably don’t have to tell you that Floppy is a chewing machine. This is definitely something to consider when hanging decorations! Use protective coverings and/or taste deterrents on any cords that you can’t put out of paws’ reach. The tree is another concern. Pine isn’t safe for small animals, so make sure your rabbit can’t nibble on the lower branches. Tinsel, fragile ornaments, fallen needles, ornament hooks, and ribbons are also unsafe, as are many popular holiday plants, like holly, ivy, mistletoe, and poinsettias. If possible, put the tree in a room your bunny can’t access. You can also use a puppy pen to keep your furry buddy away from the tree.

Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your Columbia, MD veterinary hospital, anytime.

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