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Rabbits

Rabbits are becoming a common household addition. Our team is experienced in providing care for bunnies. Did you know that with great care, diet and lifestyle rabbits could live up to 12 years?

Does my bunny need to get spayed or neutered?

Yes! Just like in cats and dogs, spaying and neutering has benefits. Spayed bunnies are less likely to develop uterine cancer in the future, which occurs in over 80% of unspayed females older than 2 years. We recommend having your bunny spayed or neutered between 4-6 months old. Our veterinarians can examine your rabbit prior to surgery to determine if they are healthy for anesthesia. Give us a call at 204-452-0077 to schedule your bunny’s spay or neuter surgery.

What should I feed my pet rabbit?

Rabbits naturally eat plants. Their bodies are built to consume leaves, grass, some vegetables and fruits. We recommend feeding your bunnies grass hay, which are rich in minerals, proteins and vitamins. Your rabbit’s diet should also include green foods such as collard greens, kale, lettuce etc. Rabbit pellets should be given in small amounts to prevent overeating. It is perfectly fine for your pet bunny to eat carrots, red or green bell peppers, pineapples and blueberries as treats.

NOTE: You should avoid feeding your rabbit bananas and grapes as they can become hooked on these foods and refuse to eat anything else. Rabbits should also not consume foods rich in starch or fats. Examples include nuts, oats, chocolate, cereals or beans.

How can I care for my rabbit?

  • Toys. No matter the breed, all rabbits need toys that keep them engaged. Choose hard plastic toys that are safe to chew on. If you cannot be home to play with your bunny, it is recommended to get a second bunny so they can play with each other.
  • Cages. Your bunny needs a cage big enough to play and hide in. A box full of hay can be a perfect hiding place for most bunnies. The cage should also have separate spaces for a litter box and water bowl.
  • Grooming/ Handling. Rabbits do not need baths but they do require regular brushing. You should also trim your rabbit’s nails monthly. Rabbits have fragile backbones so you must support their hind when holding them. It is best to lift your rabbit by scooping under their chest.
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    Last updated: April 5, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

    1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

    2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm (Pick-up Only)

    5. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Southglen Veterinary Hospital