I have a problem and not sure what to do.(About getting a pet rabbit)?

I have a problem and not sure what to do.(About getting a pet rabbit)? Topic: Long living pets research articles
June 25, 2019 / By Keara
Question: I was going to get a pet rabbit, but I have to make a choice. First of all I need to say that this is my first rabbit and I have researched and read tons of articles before deciding on getting a rabbit. Secondly, I have heard that Lops tend to be the best for first time rabbit owners and I also really like them. Now to the choice I have to make. First choice adopt one from my somewhat local animal shelter, second choice buy one from a breeder, and last choice adopt from an out of town shelter if they would allow it (some only allow within certain distances of the shelter). This might not sound like a difficult choice, but my problem is the closest shelter with rabbits has no lops and is about an hour and 15 minutes from where I live. Second the breeder is only about 45 minutes from where I live and has Lops. Lastly the far out of town shelter has a couple Lops, but is a good 2-3 hour drive depending on traffic. What should I do? I was really wanting to adopt, but I was also wanting a Lop and I am not sure if it is worth the 2-3 hour drive. I am already leaning towards adopting at the closer shelter, but I think I may just need an extra push because I keep looking at the Lops( of course I would be happy with any rabbit I got). Thanks for any useful advice.
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Idelle Idelle | 5 days ago
even though the drive might seem long, i think it would be best to adopt. so many animals, are in need of homes and getting animals from a breeder just denies the welfare of a rescue. i also have noticed that rescue pets truly appreciate being taken care of well because some of them know how bad it can get. i would not pay attention to your rabbits breed, because what really matters is getting one with a personality that meshes well with you! good luck, hope you find a nice rabbit were ever you decide to get him from:)
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Idelle Originally Answered: Is there anything i should know about a rabbit?
There really is a lot to know about taking care of rabbits. First, you need to feed them pellets, which is a complete diet (about 1/8 cup per pound of rabbit). The pellets are made out of hay, so you don't have to cram hay down their throat all day long or THEY WILL DIE. Some people don't ever feed hay or veggies and the rabbits are still healthy. Rabbits are grazers, so their instinct is to chew, chew, chew. Hay satisfies that instinct, gives them something to releive boredom while in their cage, and helps keep their digestive tract flowing. No alfalfa after they are full grown (around 6 months). They also need wood to chew on so their teeth don't overgrow. Make sure they always have fresh clean water. Get the biggest cage you can afford and let them out as often as you can so they can get excercise. Give them toys, they love the cat toy that is a ball with a bell in the middle, wooden chew toys, cardboard boxes (poptart boxes, etc), toilet paper tubes (free!). Pay attention to their poop! If it is all strung together by hair, they need some cat hairball medicine, if they have diarrhea, call a vet immediately, this is an emergency and they can die in less than a day. Same if they have no poop. Clip their nails and groom them regularly. Those are the basics, but you need to research health issues and normal behaviors. It is usually cheaper to buy a pet from a breeder rather than adopt from a shelter ($5-$35). Just make sure it is an experienced breeder that can be a reference for you and answer questions for you later on down the road and tell you how to take care of that specific breed. They are the experts and they breed for healthy, quality animals. Shelter rabbits are usually there for a reason, bad health or bad personality. Not good for a 1st pet rabbit! A good breeder can tell you everything about their rabbits personality and help you choose the best one. Good luck and do some research!

Edytha Edytha
Why not go to both shelters and meet a few to see who you connect with. Rabbits are very much individuals, and the way their ears point has absolutely nothing to do with their temperament or personality. Check out the closer one first, if none really feel like "your rabbit" head to the further one and try there. Lastly, try the breeder. ONLY purchase if their rabbits are well taken care of, clean, and healthy. If they don't want you to see their rabbitry run for the hills! Lol! Any good breeder will allow you to look around an where they are coming from. It's the shady ones that will put out a litter of newly-weaned babies in the front yard for you to ooh-and-awe over in hopes youll be overwhelmed by cuteness and not consider the fact that they may not be old enough (8 weeks btw, like a dog or cat) or sickly. Good luck with your new friend! I just lost my handsome guy (the one in the pic) on the 29th, and miss him dearly. They are such amazing companions.. But you'll see that when you bring your new friend home.
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Charmian Charmian
Go and visit the local shelter. In my view Lops can have the same amount of attitude as any other breed of rabbit. Visit the local shelter and you might just fall in love and connect with a completely different type of rabbit! My two chose me from the rescue, they came belting up to my feet and begged for nose rubs - they are 1/3rd lop but don't have lopped ears (well Bob does but only when he's very relaxed!). Go and visit. See who you make friends with!
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Arista Arista
If the abscess is at the cheek it might be the effect of enamel disorders. It might be a well notion to turn your rabbit over and ensure that it does not have "wolf tooth" or maloclussion. If the tooth are curling, that can be the motive of the contamination and you can also have got to trim the tooth commonly. It might be well to visit a vet. But when you shouldn't have entry to 1, it might be well to lance and drain the abscess then deal with it with anything to wash and disinfect it. My vet confirmed me easy methods to safely lance and drain an abscess years in the past. First this can be a well notion to shave the subject with a razor surrounding the abscess to be able to see and think the abscess safely. Then you desire to think for a delicate spot within the abscess. A giant needle can also be inserted into the delicate spot then the pointy fringe of the needle factor can be utilized to open up the abscess in order that it may be tired. Once the abscess has been spread out safely, then you definately have got to have paper towels round near for whilst you drain it to wipe away the puss and any blood. After the abscess has been lanced and tired, I might traditionally duvet the rabbit's eyes with a gloved hand and spray the abscess with an iodine spray to support hinder additional contamination. With so much infections, this can be a well notion to supply the rabbit antibiotics to support combat off the contamination. That is in which the vet is available in rather helpful. The correct antibiotic demands to take delivery of for the contamination. A penicillin shot would do. Check the abscess everyday to peer if anymore puss develops, then drain and blank the abscess as wanted. If the abscess is cure it will have to produce much less and no more puss.
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Arista Originally Answered: What rabbit should I get?
It is important to remember that rabbits are prey animals so a lot of them - even most - do not like to be held. Rabbits are certainly not cuddly pets, so do not be surprised if you get a rabbit who hates being picked up! A rabbit's personality does not depend on its breed - every rabbit is different. It is a myth that all small rabbits are cuddly and friendly. The only way you can guarantee that you get a rabbit that likes cuddles is if you go to a shelter where they have adult rabbits that are already neutered/spayed. At shelters they know each rabbits' personality so you can be pretty sure what you are going to get. The same can not be said for breeders and pet shops. Baby bunnies might be cute and cuddly at first, but that is because they are babies! Once a rabbit matures its personality can change completely, even if neutered. Rabbits are prone to multitude of health problems so I encourage you to seek a rabbit that is healthy rather than cute. Unfortunately the "cute" rabbits are the ones that tend to be the most prone to health issues, for example: http://www.thenaturetrail.com/photogalle... The rabbit above has a very flat face which means it is far more prone to dental and respiratory issues. The added benefit of adopting a rabbit is that they are given full health checks by a vet whereas pet shop/breeder bunnies aren't, so you don't know what health problems your rabbit might have. My advice is to do your research very carefully. There is a TON of incorrect, outdated and downright cruel rabbit care advice out there. People still think that rabbits can live in commercial pet shop cages on a diet of muesli and carrots... this couldn't be further from the truth! Below are some good websites which have great rabbit advice. http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/forum.... http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/resources... http://rabbit.org/frequently-asked-questions/

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