ARBA - The American Rabbit
Eastern Maine Rabbit Breeders Association
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Pictures of the WMRBA January 2006 Rabbit Show compliments of Ted Bishop
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Before you consider adopting or buying a rabbit, you should research what rabbits are really like, and how to properly care for them. It is essential that rabbit owners understand their rabbit's basic needs, instincts and behaviours.
Rabbits live 6 - 10 years, have distinct personalities and make excellent house pets. Proper food, exercise and socialization are all important factors in helping your pet achieve his full potential and live a long, happy life.
To help your rabbit look and feel his best, you should groom him weekly. Take advantage of this time together to check your rabbit for potential health problems. Catching health problems early is also important to achieving a long, healthy life.
As prey animals, rabbits are notorious for hiding health problems. Many times, they will not even let their owners know there is cause for alarm until they are very ill. For this reason, it is important to know your rabbit's daily routine. Look for changes in behaviour such as listlessness, withdrawal or aggression, and note even the slightest change.
As a rabbit owner, it is important to be able to recognize signs of pain. Rabbits who are in pain may stop eating and go into stasis. Although rabbits mask pain well, there are some signs of pain that you should learn to recognize. A rabbit who is in pain may sit in a hunched position with his belly pressed to the floor, appear to be unable to get comfortable or loudly grind his teeth.
Any visible signs such as discharge from eyes, nose, digging at the ears, or lumps should be checked by a veterinarian. To help prevent potential health problems, always take your pet to a rabbit knowledgeable vet for regular checkups or when an illness is suspected.
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