Caring for senior rabbits

Ageing rabbits require different care than younger ones. The average lifespan of a healthy rabbit is 10 to 12 years. We consider them to be ‘seniors’ from seven to eight years old. Older rabbits commonly suffer from arthritis of the joints, kidney problems and tooth problems. They also tend to be less active and often have less glossy coats.

Your older bunny friend does need some special attention. We recommend yearly health checks with an experienced rabbit vet to pick up any problems before they become severe. This will include a full physical and dental examination and possibly some routine blood tests as needed. It is critical that your older rabbit eats a healthy diet consisting of good quality grass hay with a limited amount of high quality (not supermarket) rabbit pellets and some greens and vegetables.

Dr Dorianne Elliott, veterinarian

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