Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Bunny Profile - Stevie & Jazzy

Jazzy is a 'cute as buttons' little fawn dwarf mix & Stevie is her handsome sandy coloured boyfriend.  They arrived on 16 July 2011. They were surrendered to New Moon because the family were moving out of country and could not take them with them.

Some of you may remember Stevie from when he was with New Moon as a baby. He is one of the 10 babies rescued from an outdoor burrow on 1 August 2009.

Stevie is a big explorer with a mind of his own.  He does like to cuddle and enjoys attention but he prefers to come to you when he wants his pets and cuddle time.  Stevie is very outgoing and will help you make sure your rabbit proofing is up to his standards!

Jazzy is more timid than Stevie but is very loveable and loves to be pet most of the time.  Jazzy like to run and play but she prefers to have a carpeted area rather than tile or hardwood as she is not comfortable on these surfaces.

Stevie and Jazzy are both very well litter trained.  They love to play with their toys and would like a home with lots of room to play!  Because they are a bonded pair it would be preferred that they were living in a free range or partially free range home.

Stevie & Jazzy are awaiting adoption.

If you are interested in adopting Stevie & Jazzy or any other New Moon Rabbit Rescue rabbit please visit our website at www.newmoonrabbitrescue.ca and fill out an Adoption Application.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Rabbit Dental Health

Rabbit dental health is extremely important and essential to their overall well-being. Because rabbit teeth are constantly growing, they can be prone to issues of both the incisors and the molars, especially if fed improper diets. Hay is absolutely essential in maintaining rabbit dental health!

Maloccluded incisors can have a few different causes. Genetic predisposition (particularly dwarf breeds, small lops and lionheads, who have characteristically round, short faces), tooth fracture and habitual cage bar pulling are some common causes. If the malocclusion is mild and your rabbit is not overly stressed by the procedure, your vet will likely recommend regular tooth filings. Filing with a Dremel is typically preferable to clippers that can easily crack or break off the teeth, complicating the issue and possibility even necessitating a surgical procedure.

If severe and/or if your rabbit is young and/or if he finds the frequent procedures very stressful, your vet may recommend incisor removal for a more permanent solution. However, even some severe malocclusions can be corrected with time, patience and a veterinarian experienced in rabbit dentistry. Please check your rabbit’s teeth frequently for signs of overgrowing or “splaying” of the incisors.

Molar “spurs” or “points” are also common in the rabbit breeds listed above and in those without a proper diet consisting of unlimited timothy, mixed grass or similar hay (no alfalfa). These spurs can point either towards the cheek or the tongue and cause severe pain to the rabbit. Because a rabbit’s molars are far back in the mouth and cannot be seen without the aid of special medical tools, molar spurs can be harder to detect in early stages.

Have your vet check your rabbit’s molars at his yearly check-up. Luckily, there are a few signs to watch for between check-ups:

• Dropping food

• Drooling

• Unwillingness to eat SOME types of food without signs of GI disturbances or appetite loss

• Tearing of one eye in particular, but could involve both

Undetected/untreated molar spurs can lead sores and infections in the mouth and also to extremely serious medical issues, such as molar root infections and abscesses of the jaw and behind the eye (retrobulbar abscess).

Jagger receiving his very last tooth trim before having his incisors removed.
Jagger's teeth issues were caused by genetic misalignment.
Please Note: This is a common procedure and Jagger is not in any distress.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Bunny Profile - Freddie

Meet Freddie!! He came to New Moon after being found as a stray. He is a beautiful Mini Rex.
We do not know exactly how old Freddie is but we know he is young. Sadly, he is most likely an "Easter Bunny" that was discarded when the novelty wore off.

Freddie is a very affectionate little boy who's only concern is to get attention. His loves to be pet and talked to and seems to be good at being held and carried. He has lots of energy to burn and wants nothing more than to spend his whole day running about He is working on his litter training but this will most likely come quite quickly once he has had his neuter.

He will be available for adoption as soon as he has had his neuter which is scheduled for mid July!

If you are interested in adopting Freddie or any other New Moon Rabbit Rescue rabbit please visit our website at www.newmoonrabbitrescue.ca and fill out an Adoption Application.

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