VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital treats rabbits as well as other exotic pets. Veterinary care is important to keeping your rabbit healthy. Common problems seen in pet rabbits include gastrointestinal stasis, overgrown molar or incisor teeth, heat stress/stroke, mites, and respiratory infections. A wellness exam is important in a newly acquired animal to ensure he or she is healthy. Yearly physical exams and blood panels are also recommended as the rabbit ages. Teeth should be examined routinely for abnormalities and a balanced diet enriched with coarse vegetation should be fed to prevent overgrowth of teeth.
Spaying and neutering are essential to a rabbit’s health, and these procedures are recommended at 4-6 months of age. Neutering helps curb aggressive behavior in males and can deter territorial problems like urine spraying. Uterine and mammary cancers are common in unspayed females, and spaying at a young age can help prevent these issues.
For some basic information about the care and husbandry of pet rabbits, please see the following information page (Rabbit Care and Husbandry).
If you have any questions or concerns about your pet rabbit or would like to schedule an appointment for your pet, please call VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital at (310) 473-2951.