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Do Rabbit Teeth Need to be Trimmed?

It's no secret to a lot of us that rabbits make wonderful pets, but if you've never had a rabbit before and you are thinking about getting one knowing more about them as pets and what to expect is important. Each month we will be sharing a video that features Actress Amy Sedaris, who is a loving mom to her own pet bunny, and rabbit expert Augy E. Cotter, Ed.D., LVT from the House Rabbit Society.

In this Month's video, learn if rabbit teeth need to be trimmed.

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Why rabbits need hay, each & every day!

from: best4bunny.com

hayHay is the most important ingredient to a bunny's daily diet, which is why rabbits should have unlimited amounts of good quality fresh hay available to them 24 hours a day. Listed below are the reasons why hay keeps rabbits happy & healthy.

How hay helps
Hay is high in fiber – Essential for a rabbits digestive system to function properly and to keep the stomach moving. The Constant grazing on hay helps to wear the rabbit's teeth down, as rabbit's teeth constantly grow. The side to side action of chewing hay is what is needed to keep the teeth at a suitable length and to stop them overgrowing.

How much hay should rabbits eat?
Ideally rabbits need to eat a bundle of hay the size of themselves every day. Always provide unlimited amounts of fresh hay as some rabbits may eat even more than that (which is great)

Which type of hay?
- Meadow hay and Timothy hay are the most popular.
- Oat hay & Grass hays are also great.
- Alfalfa hay is very rich and only best for baby bunnies up to 1 year old and for senior rabbits over 6 years old that need to gain weight.

Why not straw?
Feeding straw is not the same as hay, as it is fully matured when harvested and has very little nutritional value and most rabbits won't feed on it as it has so little nutritional value. Straw is safe to feed, but make sure you have plenty of hay too, which will provide the correct nutrition.

What if my rabbit won't eat hay?
Don't give in! If your bunny is not a keen hay eater, keep supplying the hay, but supply different types. All bunnies are different and some will prefer other hay types to what another rabbit likes.

- Scatter dried tasty herbs amongst the hay to encourage them.
- Provide fun hay racks for them to pull the hay out of. Or stuff hay into toys like willow balls or cardboard tubes.
- Always provide plenty of hay in litter trays, as bunnies love to graze whilst pooping.

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The Summer Heat and Heat Stroke in Rabbits


heatPrepare for the upcoming Summer Heat. Heat can be very dangerous to rabbits and they are more susceptible to heat stroke than humans.

To read more about the signs of overheating and prevention tips, view the complete article on www.myhouserabbit.com.

Some signs of overheating in your bun: (view the complete list at www.myhouserabbit.com.)

  • Reddening of the ears
  • Panting
  • Lethargy
  • Salivating

If your rabbit exhibits any of these symptoms begin misting their ears with cool water and immediately call your vet. For a list of MCRS recommended vets click here.

To help prevent this condition in your pet rabbit, here are a few ways to keep your bunny cool as the temperature rises. (view the complete list at www.myhouserabbit.com

  • Provide an area for your bunny that is out of direct sunlight.
  • Stone or ceramic tiles will provide a nice cool feeling on their bunny bellies.
  • Air conditioning can help alleviate those warm feelings.
  • Open windows that provide a breeze.
  • Freeze some water bottles and leave them out for your bun.
  • Provide plenty of cool fresh water for your buns.
  • Give your bunny vegetables to help keep them hydrated.

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Eleven bunnies found their forever home in April and May: Teddy, Todd, Midnight, Bronwyn, Calvin, Jetta, Buttercup, Alice, Celeste, Clover, and Nibs.

Our newcomers in April and May month are: Pixel, Gary, Lilly & Bella, Ghost, Maisy, Shadow, Bageerah, Clover, Squirrel, Cupcake, Bella, Claudia, Blaire, Annabelle, Monty, and Mona.

See all of our adoptable rabbits on Petfinder.com.

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Foster Homes

The foster program is an essential part of our mission. Without our dedicated foster families we wouldn't be able to help the many rabbits we do each year. Providing a foster home for one of these rabbits can be a very rewarding experience and literally saves a life!

Supplies
MCRS will supply all the equipment you will need - cage, litterbox, litter, food & hay. MCRS also covers any medical expenses for foster rabbits. Your only out-of-pocket expense is for the fresh greens & veggies you feed your foster rabbit - and even that is a tax-deductible donation!

All you need is:
•a space in your home for a cage & some play space for the rabbit.
•an hour or so daily to provide socialization and care.
•a willingness to learn about the proper care of rabbits.
•convenient access to email is strongly preferred.
•ability to transport rabbit to periodic adoption events is preferred, but not required.

Please contact MCRS at info@mncompanionrabbit.org if you are able to help. Thank you!

Volunteers are not just important to MCRS, they literally are MCRS. Volunteers do everything that needs to be done within the organization from picking up the mail to caring for homeless rabbits to keeping financial records to scooping litter boxes.

Interested in Volunteering? See all of our available volunteer positions on our website.

 
 
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Special events
•June 8 Bunny Basics in Golden Valley
•June 11 Adoption Event in SSP
•June 12 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•June 13 Bunny Basics in Golden Valley
•June 15 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•June 17 HH in Uptown
•June 19 HH in Golden Valley
•June 22 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•June 25 Adoption Event in SSP
•June 26 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•June 29 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•July 1 HH in Uptown
•July 3 HH in Golden Valley
•July 6 HH & Supply Sales in SSP
•July 7 Bunny Basics in Woodbury
•July 9 Adoption Event in SSP

see our website for the full calendar and additional information.

 
 


  supply sales
 

Did you know that in addition to hay and pellets we have a lot of other great items for sale?

 

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Is your rabbit gnawing at everything but what you want them to? A great option would be the Snak Shak. This gives the rabbit something to chew on to help with their teeth and something that they can destroy. Many of our adoption volunteers recommend these to families when they are getting their new family member!

To purchase supplies from our South Saint Paul location, check our events calendar for the next supply sale!

 
 


 
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