Hop Into Spring with Rabbit Care

It is starting to feel like spring has actually sprung here in Indiana, and what better way to celebrate than talking about bunnies? Rabbit care happens to be one of our specialities here at New Haven Pet Hospital – let us be your official source for information about all things that hop!

Bunny Bits

Rabbits can make great companions, but just like with any other pet it is important to know a little bit about them before jumping into a big commitment. Rabbits don’t fit in to every household, but lagomorph lovers everywhere will tell you that they are great for a lot of people!

A few fun facts about rabbits as pets:

  • Rabbits are herbivores and will add to your weekly produce budget!
  • They require room to move and can get themselves into trouble. Areas they have access to will need to be rabbit-proofed.
  • Rabbits require gentle and quiet handling and are often stressed by young children.
  • Bunnies are crepuscular, meaning their highest levels of activity are at dawn and dusk.
  • They need daily activity (about an hour) and regular social interaction.
  • Healthy, well-cared for rabbits can live ten years or more.
  • Bunnies are social critters, meaning more than one is usually ideal.
  • Domestic rabbits do not have the skills to survive outdoors like a wild rabbit would – once you have made a commitment to one, it is your responsibility to keep it healthy and safe.

All About Proper Rabbit Care

Once you have decided to jump off the deep end into bunny love, there are some important components of good rabbit care that you should learn about.

Rabbit nutrition — Proper care of any pocket or exotic pet often begins with good nutrition. Of course rabbits should have unrestricted access to fresh water at all times. Hay is a huge part of a healthy rabbit’s diet. Timothy or grass hay should also be freely available (pelleted hay is also an option), with alfalfa being only a very small and occasional treat. Fresh fruits and veggies are also important, the average rabbit needs about a cup of vegetables per four pounds of body weight each day. Vitamin A in the diet should come from veggies such as beet tops, broccoli, kale, or pea pods.  Most veggies will do, but there are a few to avoid, including iceberg lettuce. Fruit should be considered a treat.

Home is where the hop is — A proper home is also important for good rabbit care. Be sure that your rabbit’s enclosure is large and tall enough for play and to stretch out. It should have a solid floor and good air circulation. Direct sunlight and drafts should be avoided. Be sure to provide chew toys and other safe but stimulating toys. Daily exercise is encouraged. Be sure that your rabbit’s play space if free of electrical cords, house plants, and other dangers.

Veterinary value Rabbits also require veterinary care. Spaying or neutering is an important part of good rabbit ownership, as well as regular nail trims and dental care.

We are passionate about rabbit care and urge you will call us if you need any help when it comes to bunny ownership!

All About the Fantastic Pet Ferret

Did you know that New Haven Pet Hospital offers the same excellent care you’ve come to know for your dogs and cats to the pocket pet community? While we could never choose between all of the amazing species that we see, ferrets hold a special place in our hearts.

Learn how these magnificent mustelids have weaseled their way into our favor as we spotlight the fabulous pet ferret.

Ferret Facts

The pet ferret is, in fact, a member of the weasel family as you may have suspected. They are closely related to other animals such as badgers, mink, and wolverines.

These friendly and curious creatures enjoy interacting with people and can make great pets. Many people aren’t familiar with the pet ferret, however. They are really very interesting critters. You might be surprised to learn that:

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Smelly Paws? The True Story About Canine “Frito Feet”

Being in the constant company of dogs, their owners typically tune out certain things that may be off-putting to others. Dogs, after all, have some curious, eyebrow-raising behaviors, and in order to co-exist, we overlook their oddball ways.

Unfortunately, when dogs start to smell, it’s hard to ignore. When it goes beyond their trademark salty/sweet perspiration, a funk fills the room. Smelly paws are usually to blame for this whiffy scent, and if you couldn’t put your finger on it before, try to imagine your dog just walked on a bed of Fritos!

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The Dangerous Link Between Pet Obesity and Diabetes

There is a Dangerous Link Between Pet Obesity and Diabetes

It’s no secret that obesity is a major health concern in the U.S., but did you know that over half the nation’s pets are also classified as overweight or obese? Obese pets are at risk for many of the same health problems as humans, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.

According to a 2015 Nationwide Pet Insurance survey, diabetes is the third most common obesity-related disease in cats and the sixth most common in dogs. Because pet obesity and diabetes are closely linked, pet owner education and diligence are required to help ensure pets remain healthy.

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Preventing Lost Pets: Are Pet Microchips Worth All the Hype?

Pet microchips increase the odds of a lost pet becoming a found pet.

Despite the best efforts of most pet owners, a third of all pets become separated from their people at least once. The result can simply involve a trip to the animal shelter where they can eventually be reunited with searching owners, but not always. Pets on the loose can unfortunately be stolen (either on purpose or mistakenly) or become victims of automobile accidents, injury, and premature death.

The statistics that support the efficacy of pet microchips are incredible, increasing the inevitable odds of homecoming.

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Take Care, Stay Aware: Heat Safety and Pets

Keeping up on what's what when it comes to heat safety and pets can save your pet's life.Like any extreme or inclement weather, summer poses unique risks to our pets. The heat, UV index, scalding pavement, and high humidity will take a toll on anyone, pets and humans alike. However, warm weather safety is a must for our fur-bearing friends since temperatures can easily create a heat stroke emergency without proper precautions.

That’s why the team at New Haven Pet Hospital has compiled some great tips for summer heat safety and pets.

Danger 911: Heat Stroke in Pets

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are common reasons for trips to the emergency clinic during the summer. Heat stroke can be fatal to a pet sometimes within minutes if help isn’t sought immediately. So, what exactly is heat stroke? Continue…

Ticks and Tick Borne Diseases: A Primer

Ticks pose a serious threat to pet healthAh, the sweet smell of spring! We’re sure you can’t wait for backyard barbecues, camping and hiking trips, and simply playing outside with your dog. However, the warm weather brings with it a danger to our pets: ticks and tick borne diseases.

Ticks can survive the winter just fine indoors – even in your garage – so it’s important to prevent these pests year round. With that in mind, the team at New Haven Pet Hospital wants to arm you with helpful information to combat ticks and tick borne diseases.

Ticks 101

The tick is not an insect but an arachnid closely related to a spider. Ticks can be found in every U.S. state and are most active in the spring and fall. In general, they prefer dark, moist, brushy places in which to lay their eggs, but they also commonly “quest” for hosts in tall grasses and shrubs.

Tick bites are painful and irritating, but the real danger lies in the tick borne diseases they transmit. These diseases can cause serious issues in both pets and people and are often difficult to diagnose. Continue…

A Pet Dental Care Program You Can Count On

pet dental careThere are a few life hacks to make sure changes stick, but it doesn’t ever happen overnight. In fact, some changes can take 2 months or more to weasel their way into our daily habits. Pet dental care is sort of like that. Neither pets nor their owners readily take to daily or weekly tooth brushing, but after a while, the whole exercise is so normal and natural you can breeze right through it.

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Pet Wellness: Why Prevention Means Everything

pet wellnessIt’s normal to procrastinate when it comes to scheduling our yearly physicals or biannual dental cleanings, even though we all know the importance of these preventive measures. Our pets also benefit just as much from their regularly scheduled wellness visits, and putting off their check-ups can have unfortunate consequences.

Pet wellness exams are about more than just another round of shots or a chance for us to see your pet’s sweet face (although both are important!). Every time we see your pet, we have the opportunity to catch any health problems that may be brewing, answer your questions regarding your pet’s health, and get to know both of you a little better.

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