Obesity is a problem for ornamental rabbits. Like people, dogs, cats, overweight, unfortunately, plays an important role in the health of your beloved rabbit, as it shortens life expectancy and creates health problems.
What causes obesity in ornamental rabbits?
Binge eating. It is usually the cause of obesity in ornamental rabbits, but this factor alone may not affect a very active rabbit. Unfortunately, many domestic rabbits are kept in the cage for most of their lives, obesity is a common problem when they do not get the movement they need.
Immobility. The main cause of obesity in each species. Rabbits are forced to jump and run, but too often we keep them in small cages or let them jump and walk only for short periods of time. This lack of energy can create many problems for your rabbit, and also prevents them from doing anything except eating, sleeping and gaining weight.
How to determine if your decorative rabbit is obese?
Obesity means your rabbit has more fat than a healthy active rabbit. Each type of rabbit has its own set of breed standards that tells you what the normal size and weight of this particular breed should be. These standards should be used as a guide to help you and your veterinarian judge if your rabbit is overweight.
By evaluating the status of your rabbit, you can better control the weight of your rabbit.
Ideal weight for different breeds of decorative rabbits:
- Dwarf ram. 1.5kg to 2.5kg
- Color dwarf. 1kg-1.5kg
- Dwarf Angora 1.3-2kg
- Dwarf Rex. 1kg 1.7kg
- Mini Lop. 800g. 1.5 kg
Photo of decorative obese rabbits:
Photo of decorative obese rabbits
Photos of decorative rabbits without obesity:
Photo of decorative rabbits without obesity
Why is obesity for decorative rabbits bad?
Obesity in ornamental rabbits is believed to be associated with many diseases, including miiasis, pododermatitis, toxemia during pregnancy, and even bowel obstruction (GI stasis), among others. These diseases can also be caused by other causes, but no loving pet owner will consciously want their rabbit to become sick.
Miaz more often called infection by a larva. Because overweight rabbits cannot properly clean themselves, they are more likely to have dirty areas on their bodies that attract flies (especially the rectum). Flies lay eggs, which turn into larvae, and if you do not regularly check and clean your rabbit, they can easily go unnoticed. Secondary infections that cannot be repaired and even internal injuries can be inflicted by larvae.
Subdermatitis known as corns on its feet and often occurs due to a sedentary lifestyle or obesity of the rabbit, which puts too much pressure on the legs. Rough and unclean surfaces can be contributing factors, but inflammation usually begins due to pressure on the hock joint and legs from obesity in the rabbit. Paw callus is painful and difficult to treat.
Bowel obstruction is the most common problem in domestic rabbits due to its many causes. Obesity itself may not cause the rabbit to stop eating and develop intestinal obstruction, but due to all the other problems that may be associated with obesity, it is definitely a major player in the game against the intestines.
It is believed that obesity can also be the cause of cancer in humans, so there may be more serious consequences for our domestic rabbits that we are not aware of.
How to prevent obesity in ornamental rabbits?
Obviously, the easiest way to prevent obesity in rabbits is to properly feed and provide adequate exercise. Hay is vital to the health of your rabbit and should be a major part of their diet. Feed and treats are usually the cause of weight gain, so they should always be limited to adult rabbits.
Let your decorative rabbit run a little more. Ideally, the rabbit is never in a cage, but has a "room" protected from others or a large separate part in the apartment to walk and explore there. This will not only stimulate the development of the rabbit, but also make them slim and happy.
Rabbits should be provided with at least three hours of time for games and sports, if they are limited during the day. Remember that rabbits run a few miles a day in the wild, so the least we can do is let them play in our homes for hours.