Why Regular Veterinary Visits are Essential for Rabbit Health

Rabbits require yearly wellness exams, and senior rabbits benefit from twice-yearly wellness exams. All bunnies in the United States now need an annual RHDV2 vaccination. Regular checkups are part of preventative health care.

Don’t put off seeing a veterinarian until your rabbit is sick. It is important to develop a relationship with a veterinarian you can trust. Knowing a qualified veterinarian before an emergency or disease happens gives you peace of mind and resources ready to go.

Have your rabbit examined when she is healthy. The yearly wellness visit will help determine what is normal for your rabbit. Regular exams also help your veterinarian detect problems before they become emergencies.

Beside spay/neuter services, your rabbit needs a skilled veterinarian to provide health care throughout her life. Rabbits may need to see a vet for issues such as: dental problems or routine tooth trimming, gastrointestinal issues (stasis or obstruction), upper respiratory infections, bladder stones, sludge, or infections, eye injuries, ear infections, parasites, head tilt, or wounds.

Rabbits are considered exotic animals so make sure your veterinarian is qualified to treat rabbits. A qualified rabbit veterinarian has received extra training to treat exotic animals. Your local rabbit rescue may already have a list to share of the most experienced and recommended veterinarians in your area.


Do Rabbits Need Veterinary Care? Video: https://rabbit.org/videos/

Rabbit-Savvy Veterinarians

Association of Exotic Mammals Veterinarians list

  • Amy Ramnaraine

    Since 2001 my life has been filled with my own beloved, free-roaming house rabbits. They fueled my desire to help other people and their rabbits live happily and healthfully together. I began as a local educator for the Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society (2008 — 2015). I then became a licensed educator for the national House Rabbit Society (2016 — 2023). I have expanded my own rabbit knowledge through many conferences and seminars on rabbit care, behavior, and health. As a rabbit advocate I’ve organized transports, campaigned, fostered, and provided hospice care. As an educator I’ve done my best to create easily accessible information to improve the lives of rabbits and the humans who care for them. My beloved bunnies were: Mouse & Duchess, Captain BlackOak & Pixel, Fluffston, Guinevere, Joy & Magnus.

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