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Happy Holidays! This can be a dangerous time of year for pets. Bunnies are at particular risk, as they’re basically cute, mischievous little chewing machines. In this article, a local Carroll, IA & Jefferson area vet offers advice on keeping Floppy happy, healthy, and safe over the next few weeks.
Don’t forget to put some things in Floppy’s stocking! Toys and treats are always good gifts for rabbits. Woven grass beds, snack balls, salt licks, chew toys, and play tunnels are also great options. You could even get your bunny a harness with a leash, so she can safely explore outside.
Bunnies are naturally quite timid, and can get very uneasy when there’s a lot of commotion around them. While many holiday gatherings can (and should) be small this year, there will still be some get-togethers. If you’re having people over, put Floppy in a quiet back room, and let her sleep through the festivities.
It’s important for you to be aware of seasonal dangers. Anything small or sharp is a concern. This includes things like ornament hooks, tinsel, and pine needles. If you get a real tree, use gates or taste deterrents to keep Floppy safely away. Plants are another issue. Many popular holiday plants, such as holly, ivy, and mistletoe, are toxic to bunnies. You’ll also need to be careful with fires, candles, and potpourri burners. Anything with wires, cords, or ribbons, such as string lights and tinsel strands, is also unsafe. Ask your vet for more information.
Don’t forget to snap some adorable festive pics of Floppy. Pop a Santa hat on her, or get her a little sleigh to play on. Rabbits take super cute photos!
Floppy definitely deserves a yummy treat. Just don’t go overboard. If you have little children around, keep an eye on them. Kids sometimes try to share foods with their furry pals, not realizing that not everything we eat is safe for pets. Your vet can advise you on safe and unsafe snacks. Some dangerous foods for bunnies include chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, corn, cookies, onions, garlic, and avocados. What can Floppy have? A few blueberries, some dried pineapple, or banana slices are all good bets. These will safely sate your furball’s sweet tooth … and may even score you some binkies!
Season’s Greetings! Call us, your Carroll, IA & Jefferson area veterinary clinic, anytime!