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Bunnyproofing Tips

Have you recently adopted a bunny? Rabbits are very cute and fun little pets. They’re also little chewing machines! In order to protect both your pet and your belongings, you’ll need to do some bunnyproofing. Read on for some great bunnyproofing tips from a Dallas, GA vet.

Baseboards/Furniture Legs

Many rabbits find wood absolutely irresistible. We recommend using protective coverings on baseboards and furniture legs.

Wires/Cords

Floppy could get seriously hurt by chewing on a live wire. She could even start a fire! When possible, keep cords out of reach of those cute little paws. Treat anything that must be kept within bunny range with taste deterrent.

Small/Sharp Objects

Anything small or sharp is a definite hazard. This includes things like coins, tacks, safety pins, jewelry, beads, buttons, and craft kit pieces, to name just a few.

Openings

Rabbits are very curious, and often like to wiggle into the empty spaces behind and beneath furniture and cabinets. Block off these openings!

Plants

Toxic plants are a huge concern here. Check the ASPCA site here for a list of safe and unsafe plants. Although this directory is tailored to dogs, cats, and horses, it’s best to avoid anything listed there as toxic. Ask your vet for more information.

Chemicals

The average household contains dozens, if not hundreds, of items that are poisonous to bunnies. Things like household cleaners, drain openers, fertilizers, pesticides, automotive products, paints, and medications should all be kept in spots Floppy can’t reach.

Personal Items

Keep things like shoes, phones, and books out of Floppy’s range. We also recommend keeping closet doors shut.

Carpets

Bunnies often can’t resist tearing up carpet fibers. You may want to put a mat down in Floppy’s play area.

Tips

Bunnyproofing is a must, but it’s just as important to give your rabbit plenty of suitable chew toys. Many wood, wicker, and cardboard items are fine, as long as they don’t have small parts, sharp edges, or dangling threads. Training is also helpful. Bunnies can be stubborn, but they’re smart enough to learn basic petiquette. If you see Floppy chewing something inappropriate, stamp your foot and say ‘No’ in a firm tone. You’ll also want to reward her with praise and treats for chewing properly. Ask your vet for more information.

Please contact us, your Dallas, GA vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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