A House Rabbit Primer, Understanding and Caring for Your Companion Rabbit

A House Rabbit Primer: Understanding and Caring for Your Companion Rabbit PDF

By Lucile C. Moore

A House Rabbit Primer: Understanding and Caring for Your Companion Rabbit PDF is a complete, up-to-date handbook on all aspects of rabbit care for both new and experienced pet rabbit owners.

Just a few years ago, most pet rabbits were kept outdoors in hutches. That time is past. Today, pet rabbits are considered to be members of the family. They are spayed/neutered pets kept indoors and pampered with special toys and treats.

In A House Rabbit Primer, author Lucile C. Moore, Ph.D., provides pet rabbit owners with valuable information about the total care of their pet. Part one tells owners just what to expect from their new member of the family and gives detailed information on how to house, feed, and train a rabbit. Part two contains a comprehensive medical section. In addition to detailed information on many rabbit diseases, there are tips on creating a first-aid kit for rabbits as well as providing emergency care.

With more and more pet owners choosing to keep their rabbits indoors full time, this informative guide lays out practical information for making rabbits a healthy part of any family.

Table of Contents

Preface

Part I. House Rabbit Care and Behavior

Chapter 1. Why a Pet Rabbit?
Ten Frequently Asked Questions
A Brief History of Rabbits
Chapter 2. Choosing a Rabbit
What Breed is Best?
Other Considerations
Adopting Your Rabbit
Chapter 3. Before Bringing Bunny Home
Cages, Feed, and Supplies
Rabbit-Proofing
Chapter 4. The First Days
Introducing Your Rabbit to His New Home
What to Expect as Your Rabbit Settles in
Chapter 5. Keeping You and Your Rabbit Happy
Training Your Rabbit
Creating a Rabbit-Friendly Environment
Necessities for Rabbits
Chapter 6. The Rabbit’s Digestive System
Following the Track of a Rabbit’s Food
Feeding Your Pet Rabbit
Chapter 7. Communicating with Your Rabbit
Ear Carriage and Body Posture
Communicating by Touch and with Noise
Other Communications
Bunny Etiquette
Chapter 8. Behavior Puzzles and Problems
Rabbit-People Issues
Rabbits and Other Pets
Chapter 9. Caring for Older and Special Needs Rabbits
Older Rabbits
Tips on Caring for Special Needs Rabbits
Emotional Considerations

Part II. Rabbit Health and Medicine

Chapter 10. Rabbits, Veterinarians, Medications, and Surgery
Finding a Rabbit-Savvy Veterinarian
Rabbits, Analgesia, Anesthesia, and Therapeutics
Caring for Rabbits Recovering from Surgery or Illness
A Rabbit Emergency Kit
Chapter 11. Symptoms of Disease
Symptoms and Definitions
Monthly Check-up
“Help, My Bunny…”
Emergency First Aid for Rabbits
Chapter 12. Specific Diseases and Conditions of Pet Rabbits
Mycotic (Fungal) Conditions
Parasites
Bacterial Diseases
Viral Diseases
Gastrointestinal Conditions
Other Diseases and Conditions
A Final Thought

Appendix I. Resources for Rabbit Owners
Appendix II. Plants Potentially Harmful to Rabbits

Photo Contributors

Bibliography

Index

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