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Holidays With Bunnies no furbabies

December 15, 2022
Happy Holidays! Or, for those of you with rabbits, ‘Hoppy’ Holidays! Floppy is a super cute little pet. However, you’ll need to keep a close eye on your furry buddy over the next few weeks, to keep her out of mischief. A Virginia Beach, VA vet offers some advice on this below.

Stick To Your Schedule

Pets feel safest when they are on a set routine for meals, naps, recess, and cage time. Maintaining that schedule around the holidays can be tricky, but try to avoid disruptions. If you have a packed calendar, as many of us do, pay extra attention to your furry pal when you’re home.

Guests/Commotions

Are you having a holiday party, or perhaps hosting visitors from out of town? The commotion and noise could be overwhelming for your bunny. Put Floppy in a quiet back room for the night. If your guest room is occupied, consider putting her in your bedroom.

Keep Floppy Calm

Did you know that rabbits can literally die of fright? Even everyday noises, such as pots and pans clattering, people laughing, or that singing reindeer, may frighten your pet. (This is another reason to consider keeping Floppy in a quiet area during events.)

Plants

Bunnies love chewing on plants, so you’ll need to be careful with what you have within paws’ reach. Some dangerous plants include mistletoe, holly, ivy, and poinsettia. You also need to be careful with that Christmas tree. The needles are sharp, and can cause severe gastrointestinal injuries if swallowed. Your rabbit could also potentially ingest sap or traces from chemicals. 

Decorations

Many holiday decorations are dangerous for bunnies. Anything small or sharp is a hazard. That includes things like ornaments, ornament hooks, tinsel, garlands, and manger pieces. Floppy may also try to eat or chew on presents. You definitely do not want your rabbit eating ribbon, tape, plastic, staples, or  wrapping paper … not to mention the gift itself. You may want to put a puppy gate around your tree.

Gifts

Don’t forget to get your cute pet something! Chew toys, such as woven balls, are always a great option, but you can also give Floppy things like bunny snuffle mats and little tunnels. Just stick with safe options. All of us here at Barker Animal Hospital, your Virginia Beach, VA pet clinic, wish you a wonderful holiday season. Contact us anytime!
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