Does My Bunny Need Checkups, Shots? What do I do to keep my bunny from urinating all over the house?

Dr. Baum, on bunny health facts, Dr. Baum, Center-Sinai Animal Hospital, your Los Angeles veterinary hospital

Dr. B discusses bunny health facts, including checkups, shots, diet and behavior

Dear Dr. Baum —

Does my bunny need checkups? When is it best to neuter/spayed? Do rabbits get vaccinations? Can my rabbit have fresh vegetables? How can I get him to stop jumping on the couch and urinating in the same spot?

Ashley S, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Dear Ashley —

The first and most basic procedure would be to schedule an appointment to assess the general health of the rabbit and discuss the basics of husbandry in light of the the environment that you are able to provide. This would apply to a new arrival.

For a rabbit that you have had for a long time, if he or she is thriving just keep doing what you are doing.

Basically rabbits need rabbit pellets and hay, mostly timothy hay, and water and a cool (thermally) place to stay. You can give some fresh veggies but watch their stools. Should they soften and lose their pelleted shape, then cut back.

No vaccinations are needed.

Follow ups:

From Dr. B: You need to start training and restricting activity to prevent a stinky couch. Have you tried litter box training?

From Ashley: I did buy a litter box, with the litter pellets. I tried putting his own pellets in it and a piece of paper he urinated on, but he just hops right out. When he starts to urinate, I tell him no and take him to the litter but he’s normally done by then.

From Dr. B: Restrict him to the area with the litter box. Give a treat when he goes in the box.

Dr. B


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