Caring for Senior Rabbits
As your rabbit gets older, you might begin to notice changes in his behavior and body condition due to aging. Older rabbits are more prone to illnesses than when they were young. Most rabbits are considered to be "seniors" when they are 5 or more years of age, and these rabbits often have special needs and health care requirements.
Your vet can help manage all of these conditions for your senior bunny and provide appropriate medical treatment to improve the quality of bunny's life. Seniors should have checkups once every six months to catch an illness or disease early, including blood tests and urinalysis.
Areas of concern include:
- Exercise and mobility
- Behavior changes
- Skin and coat
- Fecal soiling and urine scalding
- Digestive system
- Dental problems
- Nervous system, eyes and ears
- Heart and respiratory
- Kidneys and urinary system
- Uterine cancer in unspayed females
- Starting a program of extended veterinary care, along with special home care, diet, and appropriate exercise can maintain his quality of life extremely well as he ages.
Familiarize yourself with issues your bunny may face as he ages, and have your rabbit checked by your vet if you notice any signs of health problems.
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