Helping your rabbit lose weight in Christchurch
January 6, 2017
In the same way many of us tend to put on a few extra pounds in the winter months, our rabbits often fall into the same trap – whether they live inside or outside – as there’s every possibility they’ll have less exercise and more treats during that time.
If your rabbit has put on extra weight, our nurses at Best Friends can offer free advice when you book a visit.
But meanwhile, the team has put together some tips on checking your rabbit’s weight yourself and keeping up their exercise regime, and can create a bespoke rabbit food diet to help get them back into shape.
Checking your rabbit’s weight
It’s important to make sure your rabbit isn’t overweight, as that can cause other problems, such as:
- Heart, liver, and kidney disease
- Heat stress in hot weather
- Splayed legs
- Breeding and birthing problems
A simple check to see if your rabbit is overweight is to feel for its spine. If you can easily feel it, your pet may be underweight. If you can feel it after pressing a little, gently, it is probably normal. But if you can’t feel it at all, it is probably overweight.
Exercising your rabbit in Christchurch
In the winter, if your rabbit lives outside, you may want to bring it into the house and allow it to run around a (rabbit-proofed) room for a few hours a day to get companionship and stimulation.
Even if you have other animals, such as dogs or cats in your home, you can make a safe run for your rabbit indoors with, say, a large dog crate.
Or alternatively, bring it into another inside space such as a shed, where it will be warmer – but make sure it has an exercise area that is well insulated. Also, make sure it has plenty of toys to provide encouragement.
Finding the right diet
If, after all that exercise, the calories have still added up, diet is the most important factor in getting your pet back to its true trim state.
Our team at Best Friends Vets will happily develop a diet for your rabbit’s specific needs, so feel free to give us a call, make an appointment for dietary advice.