Choosing a Rabbit
Housing a Rabbit
Good news for Tubby Bunnies
Introduction to Houserabbits
Litter Training Houserabbits
the recent boom in the UK pet rabbit population, vets have really seen an
increase in the number of rabbits carrying excess weight, or that are obese.
It has even been suggested that now as many as 1 in 3 rabbits may be suffering
from weight-related health problems.
Good News for Tubby Bunnies
Why are so many rabbits over weight?
There are many factors contributing to this problem:
1. Many rabbits are still being fed muesli-like diets, that are low in
fibre and too high in starch;
2. Frequently they pick out their favourite, sugary bits from these diets
and leave the boring, more healthy bits, which then get thrown away when
the bowl is re-filled;
3. Rabbits can also suffer from lack of mobility due to under-sized living
4. Many rabbits suffer from lack of exercise especially within the winter
months. Ideally rabbits should get 4 – 6 hr exercise a day.
Health risks associated with obesity
The health risks are plentiful and varied, and include:
- Difficulty grooming, which leads to
- Sticky bottom, which can lead to
- Fly strike;
- Heart failure;
- Cystitis and other urinary tract problems;
- Fatty Liver, an often fatal condition.
But don’t despair if your rabbit is overweight, good new is at
hand. Burgess recently launched Supa Rabbit Excel ‘Lite’,
to help in a weight reduction programme. It has a slightly lower energy
content than normal Supa Rabbit Excel, and considerably less starch and
energy than rabbit muesli, yet all the vitamins and trace elements that
are need to maintain good health.
to help your rabbit lose weight
- Feed a measured amount of Supa Rabbit Excel Lite;
- Cut out all treats and sugary foods, including fruit;
- Feed ad lib good quality forage, such as hay;
- As dieting alone will not cure obesity, it is important to increase
your rabbits exercise level;
- Weigh and record your rabbit’s weight regularly to monitor
his or her progress, to ensure gradual weight loss.
- The practice nurses run free-of-charge weight clinics,
offering advice on tailoring a weight loss programme to your bunny.
Why not call in to see them?
PLEASE NOTE THAT OVERWEIGHT RABBITS SHOULD NEVER
BE STARVED, AS THIS CAN BE FATAL.
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