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Bird and Exotic Pet Boarding: As Fun as Summer Camp

Wouldn’t you love for your pet to go on his own vacation while you go on yours? Well, he can if he goes to a veterinary practice that caters specifically to his needs.

Not sure what I mean? Check out this video on what happens when your exotic pet —  bird, ferret, bunny, guinea pig, snake, hedgehog or even pot-bellied pig — spends time boarding at an exotic pet clinic. I bet you’ll be surprised by what goes on behind the scenes at clinics like my own Veterinary Center for Birds & Exotics.

10 Reasons Why a Rabbit Might Be the Pet for You

Looking for a pet who is as interactive as a puppy but not as demanding? What about a bunny? Rabbits make wonderful pets in the right situations. If you live in a small home, don’t have very young children, and don’t want to have to walk a pet but have time to play with it, you might want to consider a rabbit. Here are some great reasons bunnies are beneficial:

1. Bunnies are quiet.

If you live in an apartment building or have nearby neighbors, animal sounds can be a big concern. Generally, though, rabbits make little to no noise. The fact that bunnies are so quiet is also great if you’re a light sleeper and your rabbit decides he’s really a night owl.

2. Rabbits have personality plus.


Looking For A Rabbit Vet in NY?

Got a Rabbit?… Get a check-up!

To help ensure pet rabbits in NY  stay healthy, as a rabbit veterinarian in NY for the past 20 years, I recommend annual examinations for all bunnies by a rabbit veterinarian.  I see many rabbit owners in NY, CT, and NJ wait to bring their pets rabbits to the veterinarian until they are sick and don’t realize that rabbits should have regular check-ups to detect developing problems early, before they become life-threatening. Rabbits are prey species, so they hide sickness to prevent being eaten by predators.

Our NY Rabbit Veterinarians Know

By the time rabbits are showing signs of illness, they are often very ill. Common diseases in rabbits such as gastrointestinal stasis (a slowing down of the passage of food through the stomach and intestines due to a change in the normal intestinal bacteria), teeth problems, ringworm (loss of hair from infection with a skin fungus), uterine cancer, infection with Encephalitzoon cuniculi (or E. cuniculi, a parasite that attacks the brain and nervous system of rabbits, causing abnormal neurologic behavior), and ear infections, are just among a few of the diseases an experienced rabbit veterinarian can pick up during a thorough examination.

An Experienced NY Rabbit Veterinarian

A well-trained bunny veterinarian also should review rabbit nutrition, housing (including caging, bedding, and rabbit-proofing), and behavior during a check-up. To keep a rabbit healthy and happy, there is quite a bit to know, and an educated rabbit vet should be able to answer any questions you might have about rabbits, as I did on the Martha Stewart Show at Easter time,


Besides having annual examinations, pet rabbits should go to the veterinarian to be spayed and neutered after they are 6 months old. If you have both a male and a female, you must neuter them, or even after a couple of months of age, they can breed, and you’ll end up with many more than just two! Unneutered male rabbits often spray to mark territory and will commonly “hump” everything in sight when they are sexually mature – an unpleasant behavior, especially if they are humping your leg! In addition, unlike many other species, female rabbits are very prone to developing uterine cancer, with some studies reporting that more that 80% of unspayed female rabbits develop this disease after age 3. So whether your rabbit is a mating machine or is simply not yet neutered, spaying is critical to preventing this fatal disease.

Help ensure your bunny lives a long and healthy life. Call your vet today for a check-up!