Small Mammals

  • In general, the biggest cage you can afford is too small! When it comes to cages, bigger is better. Cages should be made of material strong enough to prevent the rabbit from chewing its way out. Solid flooring is easy to clean and disinfect daily.

  • There are 4 major infectious diseases seen in pet rabbits. Two serious diseases caused by viruses may occur in rabbits, although they are rarely seen in indoor pets. They are myxomatosis and viral hemorrhagic disease.

  • Contrary to popular belief, rabbits are lagomorphs, not rodents. There are many breeds and colors of rabbits, such as the English Angora, Chinchilla, Dutch, Flemish Giant, Himalayan, Netherlands Dwarf, Rex, Polish, Satin, and Mini Lop.

  • Rabbits have several unique problems; understanding these problems will allow you to better care for your pet and minimize future health care problems.

  • Trichobezoars (or hairballs) are an accumulation of hair, often matted together with food, that accumulates in the stomach and causes serious problems in the stomach or the intestine as it attempts to move through the gastrointestinal tract. A hairball is usually a symptom or consequence of a problem causing stasis or hypomotility of the gastrointestinal tract.

  • Rabbits can make wonderful pets, but it's important to make informed choices about having a bunny in your home. Rabbits have special characteristics and needs that are important to understand before opening your home to one.

  • Ranitidine (brand name Zantac®) is used to treat gastrointestinal conditions in cats and dogs for the treatment and prevention of ulcers occurring in the stomach and small intestine. It may also be used to stimulate bowel activity in cats and rabbits. Its use in veterinary medicine is off label or extra-label. There are very few reported side effects of ranitidine. It is available over the counter, but should never be given without the guidance of your veterinarian. Some commonly prescribed medications can interact with ranitidine so it is important to tell your veterinarian about any medications that your pet is taking.

  • Common conditions of pet rodents include respiratory diseases, anorexia and lethargy, overgrown teeth, and tumors.

  • All of the pet rodents must be fed a good, high quality rodent chow (nutritionally balanced pelleted food) available at pet stores. Many veterinarians also recommend offering hay to the rodents; check with your veterinarian about this first.

  • Any cage used to house a pet rodent must be easy to clean, as poor husbandry and hygiene will lead quickly to a sick animal. It is most convenient to house small pet rodents in a glass aquarium (minimum 10 gallon tank depending on the animal) with a well-ventilated, lockable, escape-proof wire or screen top.

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