Easter is right around the corner and you may be thinking about what to put in your children’s Easter baskets. Bunny rabbits are a popular item to put in Easter baskets. However, many experts agree that this is not a good idea.

Although they are extremely cute and children love them, they do grow fast and are very fragile. Having a pet is a life-long commitment and if you want to buy one of these, it should not be a “surprise” on someone – have a plan with your children before you buy one so they know about all of the responsibilities that come along with owning a pet.

Here are some things to go over with your children before buying a rabbit as your family pet:

Food – rabbits are herbivores, meaning they eat vegetables (fresh green veggies are a must daily), hay, and once in a while some fruit (no seeds!). You may also give your rabbit regular rabbit food that you find in pet stores, but the main thing she should be eating is veggies and hay. Also, always make sure your rabbit has access to fresh water.

Cage – the cage for your rabbit should be large enough to move around, house food and water bowls, litter box, and a bed. The rabbit also needs out-of-the-cage exercise, so make sure that you have a dedicated space inside your home for this. Change your rabbit’s cage once or twice a week and clean out the litter box as needed.

Hygiene and Hygiene – of course bunnies are super cute, but keep in mind they do chew, dig, and may bite. You can brush your rabbit once or twice a week. Rabbits also can take papaya tablets (you can find these at your local pet store) which is a vitamin that can minimize hairballs. Also, you may need to trim your rabbit’s nails about once a month.

So those are just a few things to keep in mind when getting a rabbit as a family pet. Also, keep in mind, a rabbit should also come to visit the vet for yearly check-ups. Call our office at 410-465-6218 if you would like to set up an appointment. Or you can do so online at dunlogginveterinaryhospital.vetstreet.com.