The average lifespan of a domestic rabbit is anywhere from 7 to 10 years or more. In that time,
your bunny might get sick or have an accident that needs medical care. It’s always good to
have a vet relationship established when your rabbit is healthy, so if an emergency happens,
you’ll know who to call.
Just like all companion animals, your rabbit will need to go to a vet sometimes. The big
difference is that rabbits require a special vet – an exotics or small animal vet. Most dog and
cat vets just do not have the experience needed to safely and effectively treat your rabbit.
The veterinarian you choose should be someone who is dedicated to and understands
herbivores and their unique digestive systems. Their constantly growing teeth may need to be
trimmed on a periodic basis by a vet who does this routinely. Rabbits react differently to
medications such as antibiotics, and it takes a specialist to know what drugs are safe and when
they are appropriate. For all these reasons, find a vet who knows bunnies well. Check your
local phone book for a vet who specializes in exotics, or ask for a recommendation from your
local rabbit rescue group.
Tips to help you choose a rabbit vet