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    Bunny Basics

    They’re fluffy and cute but stop right there if you’re thinking about getting a pet bunny this spring. While bunnies can be great companions, they’re also pretty high-maintenance roommates.  Before the Easter Bunny brings your family a new pet, make sure you know the basics to ensure the best care possible.

    Let’s get the lingo down first. Bunny is an informal term used for rabbits. Rabbits have long ears, furry bodies, a divided upper lip, and legs designed for jumping, just like a similar mammal – hares! Hares are larger than rabbits, but their biggest distinction is how they choose to pick their residence. Hares create nests with grass, while rabbits create burrows. While there are exceptions, hares are not typically domesticated. The animal that would be best suited for your home is a rabbit.

    There are many rabbit breeds, so you will want to make sure you do your research for selecting the type of bunny that will fit cohesively with your family and home. After you’ve selected the breed, go through this checklist to prepare for your new friend:

    • Rabbits are considered exotic pets, so make sure your vet has experience with bunnies. At Klein Animal Clinic, we have many rabbits that come for their care and can help keep your new pet healthy and happy.
    • Bunnies need to be spayed or neutered to ensure more rabbits don’t arrive. Altering will also help with unwanted behaviors like marking.
    • Prepare your home by keeping loose items off the ground and define a specific space to keep a paper-based litter box.
    • They’re picky about where they sleep so make sure you have adequate housing. Rabbits minimum space should be four times their size, without a wire bottom. We recommend a pen or specific room for the bunny to roam.
    • Provide them with soft bedding and a place to “hide” like a pet playhouse.
    • Make sure you understand the food your specific breed of rabbit needs to stay nourished. Hay, pellets, vegetables, treats, supplements, and water are all part of a balanced diet.
    • Bunnies are very social so create a schedule that includes daily play and multiple spaces in your home for your pet to explore.

    Rabbits can live for 8-12 years, so before finally bringing one home, make sure you’re ready for the commitment!

    Need more assistance researching for your new pet? Visit www.petrabbitcare.org for more detailed tips and give us a call at 563.441.7560. Already have a pet rabbit? Share photos of your furry friend on Facebook!

    Do’s and Don’ts for Dog Parks

    You and your pet are ready to get out of the house for some exercise and social time! Weather is warming up (at least we hope) and getting outdoors in the beautiful spring sunshine is the top of mind for many dog owners. The Quad Cities has several dog parks for you and your furry companion attend, but if you’re new to the trend, it can be a little intimidating to take your pet for the first time. Check out our do’s and don’ts for a great time at the dog park.

    Do’s

    Check Health – Make sure your dog is up-to-date on all shots and parasite control. Dogs should be more than six months old and spayed or neutered before joining their friends at the park. If you’re not sure if your dog is ready to attend, give us a call! We can check medical records and schedule an appointment if certain vaccinations are needed.

    Practice – Training your dog can take lots of time and effort, but well worth it! Dog parks aren’t an opportunity to learn how to socialize. Make sure your dog is calm around other animals and is responsive to commands. An afternoon at the dog park can go south quickly if your dog, or another dog, isn’t behaving well.

    Don’ts

    Get Distracted – Always supervise your pet! Make sure your pet is playing nice and check if other dog owners aren’t following the rules of the park. Most dog parks are not supervised so you will need to ensure the safety of you and your pet.

    Bring Kids – Just like how the dog park isn’t a place for puppies, it’s not a place for kids either. Children under the age of eight shouldn’t come with to the dog park. You will need to keep an eye on your dog, so bringing a young child can get very distracting.

    If someone isn’t following the do’s and don’ts, speak to the other owner positively, and don’t be confrontational. If the problem persists, just leave the park. Dog parks are a fun experience, but never put yourself, your dog, or others at risk.

    When you get out-and-about this spring, share with us your dog park pics on Facebook!

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