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Avoid flea collars and flea powder as the dosage could be too strong for your rabbit to handle. Your rabbit might end up getting poisoned

How frequently and how much should I feed my rabbit?

A rabbit should ideally be fed twice a day, morning and evening, with a balanced diet consisting of unlimited access to hay or grass, a small amount of fruits and fresh leafy vegetables. In addition, a small quantity of good quality rabbit mix or pellets can be added to the diet to make it more nutritional and healthy. These pellets should be given in the ratio of 25 g per kg of your rabbit's weight. You can give your rabbit treats but don't give it too frequently or it will spoil your rabbit's dietary habits. Your rabbit should be fed according to its weight, keep a track of his/her food intake and weight to ensure he/she does not get over or underweight.

What do I do if my rabbit has fleas?

Even though rabbit fleas are not that common in indoor pet rabbits, they happen occasionally. If your rabbit is infected by fleas he/she might show symptoms like self- biting or chewing, excessive scratching and licking. To get rid of the fleas, run a flea comb thoroughly through your rabbit's fur coat and then dip the comb in soapy water or alcohol to drown them before combing again. If the condition persists use a rabbit-safe topical solution on the backside of the rabbit's neck so that he/she does not lick it off as consumption of solution can lead to side-effects and stomach problems. If you have more than one rabbit then kept them contained separately so that they don't lick each other's solution off.

Caution: Don't use any medication on your pet without getting consultation from your vet first. Avoid flea collars and flea powder as the dosage could be too strong for your rabbit to handle. Your rabbit might end up getting poisoned. Avoid flea dips as taking a bath is stressful for your rabbit and could send him/her into shock.

My rabbit bit me. Is it dangerous? Do I need to get shots?

If your pet rabbit has bitten you, the first step is to properly clean the wound and apply a disinfectant. If your rabbit has not been vaccinated then a tetanus shot will be necessary. Even if your rabbit is vaccinated, it is advisable to get your tetanus shots periodically (every 10 years), but if you have not had a shot in the past 5 years then it is safer to get a tetanus injection.

My rabbit's teeth are misaligned and he/she is constantly drooling. Should I be concerned?

Misaligned teeth along with signs of drooling, frequent dropping of food, lack of appetite, wet fur around the mouth etc. can be a sign of something serious like Malocclusions. Teeth are a vital part of the rabbit's digestive system so dental problems can lead to more serious conditions. If you see any of these symptoms in your pet rabbit, it is better to get your rabbit checked out by a vet so that you can catch any problem early and fix the problem before it gets worse.

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