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Do you know what it takes to properly care for a pet rabbit?

Rabbits are cute and cuddly and make great pets! If you’re thinking of making a family decision to adopt or purchase a pet rabbit, it’s important to know how to properly care for one first.

Let’s take a closer look at what exactly is involved in caring for these adorable little creatures!

What is the best way to handle my rabbit?

When picking up your rabbit, support their forequarters with one hand and their hindquarters with the other. This method of handling your pet is the safest for them and will prevent any injury to the rabbit.

You want your rabbit looking their best, so brush him or her regularly with a soft brush. Brushing your pet on a consistent basis will keep his coat nice and shiny and healthy.

You’ll also want to make sure you keep up with clipping your pet’s nails. Consult your veterinarian for tips on doing this safely and effectively.

What do I feed a rabbit?

The key ingredient in any rabbit’s diet is fresh hay and this should be readily available for them to chomp on at all times. If your rabbit is younger, they need alfalfa included in their diets.  As they grow older, you can switch the alfalfa up and feed them timothy, grass and oat hays instead since they no longer need to higher protein and sugar content found in alfalfa.

Include pellets and fresh vegetables, such as celery, broccoli leaves and basil in your rabbit’s diet as well. You can switch up the vegetables every other day too! Who doesn’t like a little variety?

Where should my rabbit live?

Rabbits may be small, but they require a lot of room for housing and exercise. If they are kept in a cage, be sure the cage has enough room to allow them to move around freely and easily. Make sure the cage is located indoors. Rabbits are like any other animal and like a cozy area to call their own. To make their habits as comfy as possible, put down plenty of straw, hay or wood shavings – and make sure to change it regularly!

It’s also a good idea to set up a dog exercise pen to put your rabbit in for several hours a day so they can get the exercise they need. Make sure the pen is high enough to keep a rabbit safely inside – especially if they are a jumper! Keep your eye on them when they are in this area so they don’t get into any trouble!

How often do I need to clean my rabbit’s habitat?

Rabbit’s can be messy! You’ll need to be prepared to give your pet’s cage and play areas a thorough cleaning at least once a week. This includes changing out all bedding, shavings and hay and giving the cage a complete wipe down.

We hope these tips will help you be the best possible rabbit owner you can be!

Want more rabbit care tips? Watch our YouTube video with Dave Wilson, Director of Shelter Health & Wellness on litter training your pet rabbit.

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Staying Safe & Ethical When Searching for a New Pet

Spring is always a popular time for adding new pets to the family. How can you ensure that the process goes smoothly?

One of the most important things to remember when shopping for a pet online is to make sure to meet the animal in person before making any commitments. This includes inspecting the conditions that the animal has been raised in, and meeting the animals parents. Ask the owner or breeder to visit them at their home to see these conditions. Reputable breeders should have no issue showing off their kennels and where the animals reside. If there are more than 3 dog breeds being raised in the same location, be aware that it may be a puppy mill, and the animal may not be in the best of health (and you may be supporting an unethical breeding operation). If you do suspect that this is the case, alert your local SPCA or humane society.

Be aware of Canadian laws, and the laws of your province and municipality when it comes to pet ownership. Selling or buying exotic animals, such as monkeys, many types of turtles, or tiger cubs is illegal and could land you in serious trouble. Similarly, selling or buying native species to keep as pets is prohibited – so as cute as that raccoon, skunk, or squirrel may be, leave them in their natural habitat!

staying safe while searching for a pet on Kijiji

To avoid scams…

Never send or wire money to sellers (or anyone), no matter how good the deal sounds or how adorable that puppy is! Reputable breeders and rescue organizations won’t ask you to wire money – this is a common hallmark of a fraud attempt.

If you are posting a “Wanted” ad describing the type of pet you are looking for and sharing your phone number, familiarize yourself with SMS scams and reply scams. These are a favorite target of scammers.

Be wary of any pet ad with photos that appear generic. Fraud attempts often use images from Google. If you aren’t sure, ask for more photos of the animal you are interested in.

Remember, Kijiji is only intended for local, face to face transactions. If the animal is not living at a local address, make sure you are willing to go inspect the conditions, meet the animal, and transport your new pet back home. Transactions that involve shipping open up the likelihood of fraud.

Certain types of animals are much more common in fraud attempts. If you come across low priced English Bulldogs, Yorkies, Maltese, Chihuahuas, or Huskies, keep your guard up as these breeds are a favorite target. Fraud involving cats is less common, but Bengals and Sphynx cats are used in scams. Exotic animals and birds are also used by fraudsters, with African Grey Parrots, Macaws, and Cockatoos being the most common.

Remember, you can browse pet ads posted by shelters on Kijiji – don’t forget about the animals in your area waiting for their forever home when searching for a new pet.

Your dog likes balls… but he doesn’t need them! It’s time to Fix Your Pet!

March is Fix Your Pet Month at the Ontario SPCA! You may have adopted or purchased a pet…but have you had it spayed or neutered yet? Why is spaying and neutering your pet even so important? Let’s explore this some more!

 

As a direct result of animals left unaltered, pet overpopulation is at crisis levels across Ontario. Unfortunately, this has led to staggering amounts of cats and dogs, far outnumbering the amount of available homes. As pet lovers, it’s hard to see all these animals and know they don’t have any homes.
Fix Your Pet! Dog Walnut Key Chain
Each year, tens of thousands of dogs and cats end up on the streets, where they fall victim to neglect and abuse, or in Ontario SPCA shelters across the province in search of new homes. As a result, many of these healthy dogs and cats are euthanized each year.  This is an outcome no animal lover wants to see.

 

We strongly encourage the public to spay and neuter their pets. This can directly help reduce pet overpopulation to a manageable level that can reduce or eliminate the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals.
Fix Your Pet! Cat Almond Key Chain
Spaying and neutering are not complicated procedures that are bad for our pets! These procedures are considered routine medical procedures performed by trained veterinarians that prevent animals from reproducing. What is spaying and neutering exactly?  Spaying is the removal of a female animal’s ovaries and uterus; neutering is the removal of a male’s testicles. Pets can be spayed or neutered once they are four months of age. It is recommended that females be spayed before they enter their first heat cycle, which is usually around six months of age.

 

Now, let’s explore the health benefits:  Spaying and neutering reduce the risk of developing certain cancers, infections and illnesses, produce a reduction in physical stress, an improvement in behaviour, including less territorial marking, destructiveness and aggression. Fixed pets are also less likely to roam, reducing the risk of injury, accident and loss.

 

By spaying and neutering your pet, you can make a positive impact on the pet overpopulation crisis and help Ontario’s animals have the meaningful lives they deserve!

 

Every day throughout March, we are holding a contest on our blog. With every contest, you will have the chance to win your very own Fix Your Pet key chain! Make sure you check the blog every day for your chance to WIN at www.ospcablog.ca!

Looking for more information on the importance of fixing your pet? Check out our new Animal’s Voice Pawdcast “Ontario SPCA Spay/Neuter Services” on SoundCloud by clicking here. Our podcasts are also available on iTunes.

 

To learn more about the importance of having your pet spayed or neutered, visit www.fixyourpet.ca.

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Ontario SPCA Animals’ Voice Pawdcast – Assessing Pain In Animals

Do you ever wonder just what your pet is feeling? Does it ever concern you that your pet is unable to tell you when they feel ill? If so, you’re not alone! Many pet owners feel this way. That’s exactly why we interviewed Dr. Sheilah Robertson of the American Veterinary Medical Association about assessing pain in animals.

Dr. Robertson has been involved in Animal Welfare for two years and has been with the American Veterinary Medical Association for a year and a half. Before that, Dr. Robertson was a veterinarian for 32 years! Her main focus has been assessing and relieving pain in animals, with a specialization in pain management and anesthesia.

In this episode of the Pawdcast, Dr. Robertson discusses the current research involving assessing pain in animals. She even informs listeners how they can start to assess pain in their pets and how to become more educated in this fascinating topic!

If this is something that interests you, we encourage you to listen to this episode of the Pawdcast on Sound Could or iTunes.  While you’re there, check out some of our past episodes too. We have interviewed professionals in the Animal Welfare field on many topics including, vaccinating your pet, spay/neuter clinics in First Nations communities and volunteering at the Ontario SPCA.

Love pets? Check out the OSPCA Pawdcast for discussion and news from the experts!

Love pets? Check out the OSPCA Pawdcast for discussion and news from the experts!

There are many more exciting episodes planned, so we encourage you to subscribe to the Animals’ Voice Pawdcast!

This post was contributed by our friends at the Ontario SPCA.

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This Summer Remember – No Hot Pets!

Nothing gets people more excited than the prospect of a warm, sunny summer day! However, pet owners need to take extra precautions to ensure their pet’s safety when temperatures are so high.

Pet owners need to keep in mind that parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open.

A dog’s body temperature averages 38°C, and they are only able to physically withstand approximately 41°C for a very short time. That’s only a difference of only three degrees! After that, a dog can become victim to heat stroke, brain damage and death. When you consider that a car can be 50°C hotter inside than the temperature outside within an hour, it creates a deadly situation for a pet that can’t cry for help. Please keep your pets’ safety in mind; if you can’t take them with you when you leave your car, leave them at home where they are safe.

It’s easy for you to grab a glass of water or stash a water bottle in the car, but it’s not as easy for your pet. Fresh, clean water is important to keep them hydrated especially in the summer. If your pet is a short-nosed breed, or elderly, owners must be particularly vigilant to ensure the heat and humidity doesn’t impact their breathing.

Keep Pets Cool This Summer!

Short-nosed breeds of dog in particular need extra care to ensure they can breathe easy in the heat!

Cooling down your pet can involve allowing them access to shade, hosing them down with cool water or creating a shallow area (such as a plastic children’s pool) with fresh water where they can splash if they like.

The summer is a great time to enjoy with your family and pets. If you take the appropriate precautions, you will have a wonderful and safe summer with your furry friends!

The Ontario SPCA encourages you to visit the “Downloads” section of their No Hot Pets website. to access the Facebook banner, decals, posters and leaflets to share within your community to help spread the word to not leave pets unattended in hot vehicles.

To learn more about the dangers of leaving pets unattended in hot vehicles, please visit nohotpets.ca.

This post was contributed by our friends at the Ontario SPCA.

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