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Responsible Buying and Tender Caring of the Netherland Dwarf Rabbit
Know what to look for in a quality breed Netherland dwarf rabbit and how to take care of him
Even as you entrust breeders of rabbits to sell off healthy Netherland Dwarf Rabbits, it is only prudent that you employ a lot of knowledge when you are out looking for such breeds. When you finally decide to purchase the Netherland Dwarf Rabbit, you want to make sure that the bunny is fit and healthy. In this regard, you need to look closely at the following features for this type of rabbit just before the purchase.
You should prioritize the cleanliness of the rabbit’s ears. In this case, the rabbit must have clean ears on the inside. When it has any element of dirt, some crusty, brownish appearance, you can then be convinced that the animal may be having ear mites which can never be a good sign for a healthy rabbit.
Before you buy this breed of rabbit be certain that the eyes do not have any discharge coming of them. Worse still, any form of cloudiness from the eyes would simply depict that the rabbit you are about to purchase is literally blind.
However much you can be convinced of the wellness in above two features, take a keen look at the rabbit’s teeth. Make sure that the frontal teeth are overlapping the rabbit’s bottom teeth. Why? Now if the rabbit seems not to meet this standard, it can be indicating a severe case of malocclusion. Malocculasion is that condition where one set of the rabbit’s teeth becomes longer than normal. There is danger in purchasing this kind of rabbit because, your animal will never chew properly or even worse, the teeth can grow into the mouth that will require extra care.
The nose has to be clean and dry, when you notice that the rabbit you are about to buy exhibits a running nose, with an additional wet or crusty fur just at the frontal legs, then the rabbit has a cold or terminal snuffles.
The Netherland Dwarf Rabbit should have a smooth, clean and a firm body. You should therefore run your hands through its body and look out for any traces of abscesses or even dry and built-up droppings situated on its underside. These features will be evidence of dire dietary problems for the animal and may therefore cause serious problems.
Caring for the Netherland Dwarf Rabbit
Due to their small sizes, this breed of rabbit can make one of the mot ideal pets around your home. First and foremost, the Netherlands Dwarf can safely reside in a bedroom. Don’t be surprised, it can even be safe in a garage or any safe closet. But do not start imagining living with the rabbit in your house. The point is that a rabbit is simply friendly and can be kept in the proper location so long it does not have any form of dust. Away with the rabbits residing in your bedroom, you just need to keep your rabbits outside, but only to make sure that you provide a spacious cage where it can simply play with hay, feed and even excrete properly. Your choice of an external home for the rabbit should also consider heat and proximity to metallic equipment. It means that you need to have the pet’s cage away from any heating equipment. For the metallic gadgets, they are simply dangerous since the rabbit can end up chewing these dangerous elements and cause its death. As an owner of this pet, young need to ensure that it has plenty of water while looking out for dangers such as freezing.
Other Duties You Need to Attend
You need to fill the rabbit’s water bottle daily and as for diet, make sure your feed your pet with approximately 1/3 of a cup of its feed on daily a basis. The provision will only change when kits and any pregnant rabbits are around since they will feed on freely. In this regard, foods such as carrots, apples and oats would be preferable to the rabbit, but only in small amounts in every 4 to 5 days.
Still on feeding, you will need to feed your pet consistently at the same time on a daily basis. When you maintain this kind of discipline, the pet will have minimal cases of diet-based diseases and hence you will grow it to a healthy and a friendlier pet.
Lastly, there are types of foods or treats that you should never feed your Netherland Dwarf; these include cabbage, potato peels, grass (that came in contact with chemicals), spinach and lettuce. These types of foods would cause a lot of digestion problems for the rabbit and in the long run it can develop complex abscesses conditions that will render your rabbit unhealthy.