Pet Rabbit Lifespan
Pet rabbit lifespan is an average of 6 to 8 years, although some live to 10 or even 15 years occasionally. Rabbits that are kept in controlled environments and have been spayed or neutered can live 8 to 12 years on average. There are a lot of things that factor into a rabbit's lifespan, like environment, genetics, care received, breeding and more.
If you have a rabbit that is getting on in years, there are some signs to look for that show the animal is aging. These signs may mean you need to take your pet to the veterinarian for help, supplement their feed, or take other steps to cater to your older pet.
Thinning fur is often one of the first signs of aging in a rabbit. Sometimes the color of their fur will change, too. You may notice they move a bit more slowly and don't binky as much. Perhaps they don't roam as far from their cage or spend more time resting during their play time. Sometimes older rabbits will exhibit changes in their eating and drinking habits.
Some of the maladies that can affect pet rabbit lifespan include obesity because as the rabbit slows down his activity level, he may still be eating the same amount he needed when he was more active.
Arthritis can strike rabbits just like people. This condition may require medication from a vet. Dental problems may become an issue. The rabbit may need his incisors trimmed if they grow too long or they may need sharp portions of their teeth trimmed so they don't form abscesses.
Older rabbits are more prone to respiratory problems. Sneezing, discharge from the nose and matted front paws are clues that your rabbit needs to see a vet for a titer. Insist on one so you and the vet know what you're fighting to increase pet rabbit lifespan. There are many bacteria and viruses that cause the same symptoms, but they don't all respond to the same antibiotics.
Cancer occurs in older rabbits just like other older animals. Spaying and neutering can help prevent cancer of the reproductive system, but rabbits can fall prey to other forms of this disease.
How to Help Your Pet Age Gracefully
As your pet grows older in their pet rabbit lifespan, feed them fewer calories and more fiber to keep them trim. Give them plenty of good quality hay and limit their access to pellets. They don't need to free feed on pellets 24 hours per day.
Keep your pet groomed and socialized. Frequent contact with your pet rabbit will let you notice any troublesome signs early so you can take steps to keep your rabbit comfortable and happy. Keep your rabbit's environment as stress free as possible.
You may be surprised how good care will translate into a long-lived rabbit. You'll be able to enjoy your pet's company for much longer than you may have anticipated and they'll be able to enjoy a pleasant old age being loved and pampered. Remember that each rabbit may age differently than the next. They are individuals just like any other pet.
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