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December is National Cat Lovers Month

Who loves their cat to the moon and back? There are a lot of people and families that adore their sweet kittens and cats. Celebrate them this month because it is National Cat Lovers’ Month. How are you going to celebrate your furry loved one? The possibilities are endless. 

Celebrate Your Cat

Here are some ideas for joining in this month’s fun feline celebrations.

Bonding Time

Just spend some quality time together with your sweet cat purring, watching some tv, and taking a cat nap. Nothing like some quality time to say love.

New Cat Toys

Cats love new toys. They get bored quickly, so a new toy will definitely pique their curiosity. If you're worried about too many cat toys littering your home, consider putting some of the older toys away in a closet or storage. Once your cat gets tired of playing with the new toys, you can cycle them out for the old toys, which will now seem like new toys again! Make sure that you throw out any broken, torn, or damaged toys that could cause a choking hazard.

Wellness Check 

Putting your cat’s health and wellness first says love! Make sure you schedule your check-up with the vet to keep your kitty safe and happy. Preventive care keeps your cat healthy and lives a longer life.

New Cat Furniture

Consider purchasing some new cat furniture like a cat tree or scratching post. Some styles of cat trees may even include toys for daily enrichment, play, and exercise. This is a great time to buy your cat a new comfy bed.

Teach a Trick

Team up with your cat to train them to perform a trick such as fetching items, sitting on command, giving a high five, or “shaking” paws. With a lot of patience and positive reinforcement, your cat can have a great time playing games, getting exercise, mental stimulation, and performing a variety of tricks.

Groom Your Pet

Extra grooming and massaging go along way with your cat. Check with your vet to see if they groom cats. Trimming nails, cleaning teeth, combing and cleaning fur, etc.

Photograph Session

Either hire a pet photographer or pull out your iPhone to capture your pet’s personality in a series of photos. You can frame or post them to your friends to share in the love fest.

Cat Party

Invite other furry friends over to celebrate cats. Bring out some tasty treats and toys to play with during the event. See if these delicate creatures will wear cat hats or outfits. Capture all the fun with your camera or cell phone.

Memories

To help in the celebration of National Cat Lovers’ Month, put together a scrapbook of your special memories, create some cat-themed art, get a tattoo of your cat’s paw, etc.

At Animal Care Center, we can take good care of your Affenpinscher dog. Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming, and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.

November is Pet Diabetes Month

Did you know that nationally diabetes is estimated to affect between 0.2% and 1.0% of companion animals? In the US, it is estimated that 1 in 300 adult dogs, and 1 in 230 cats have diabetes. November is designated National Pet Diabetes Month as a way for early detection, to raise awareness of the disorder, promote vigilance, and to help pet owners recognize the symptoms of diabetes in cats and dogs.

What is Diabetes?

Pets who have the disease diabetes cannot produce or use insulin correctly, preventing the conversion of food into energy. Diabetes is an endocrine disorder that impedes the body's ability to process sugars at the cellular level, and it can have damaging and far-reaching effects on the muscular, neurologic, and circulatory systems. As in humans, diabetes often goes undetected in pets until more severe symptoms manifest, and so it has been dubbed "the silent killer."

Symptoms

Watch for these symptoms of diabetes in your cat or dog:

  • Excessive drinking and urination
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Depression and lethargy
  • Messy coat and dandruff
  • Loss of muscles and weakness
  • Weight loss

Risk Factors

Dogs  Middle-aged or older dogs typically are more susceptible to diabetes. Pre-determining factors are genetics, certain breeds, un-spayed females, and dogs with a history of obesity.

Breeds that are at a higher risk are Cocker Spaniels, Dachshunds, Dobermann Pinschers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Pomeranians, Terriers, and Toy Poodles.

Cats 

Diabetic risk factors for cats are older age, neutered males, obesity or inactivity, and insulin resistance.

Diagnosis 

If you notice these symptoms in your pet, see your vet as soon as possible. A simple urine test can detect whether your cat is pre-diabetic or diabetic.

Because untreated diabetes can lead to blindness (in dogs), loss of neuromuscular function in the hind limbs (in cats), and other debilitating conditions, early diagnosis is essential to helping your pet live a longer, healthier life.

Management of Diabetes

At this time, unfortunately, there is no cure for diabetes in your pets. With proper monitoring and management, your pet can enjoy a healthy, active life with a normal life expectancy.

The most common management approach for diabetes of your animal is a modified diet, low in carbohydrates and high in protein, and daily insulin injections. Your vet can recommend the proper foods for your pet and can train you to administer insulin injections. Injectable medications can be a little intimidating, but the procedure is rather simple, and with a veterinarian’s guidance and a little practice, most pet owners can master it easily. With diabetes, early intervention gives your cat and dog the best chance of a better life.

At Animal Care Center, we can take good care of your Affenpinscher dog. Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming, and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.

Seven Facts About an Affenpinscher

Have you ever heard of an Affenpinscher? You are not alone. Here is some information about this purebred dog. The Affenpinscher is a wiry-haired toy dog whose demeanor and intelligence make it a good house pet. It originated from Germany to rid kitchens, granaries, and stables of rodents.

Here are seven facts about the Affenpinscher:

  1. Also Known As

This dog breed is also known as Affen, Affie, African Terrier, Monkey Dog, and Monkey Terrier.

  1. Susceptible to Health Problems

Since it is a pure breed, the Affenpinscher is more susceptible to some health problems than other breeds. Affenpinscher’s are prone to hip dysplasia, which is a painful and unpleasant condition that can cause lameness in dogs. They are also more susceptible to collapsed tracheas. Let your veterinarian monitor your dog for warning signs of these health issues.

  1. Confused as a Terrier

People often confuse the Affenpinscher for the terrier breed. An Affenpinscher is actually a Pinscher, which refers to a number of related breeds that were used for fighting, ratting, and guarding. Other Pinscher breeds include the Miniature Pinscher, Doberman, and German Pinscher.

  1. Ancestral to the Griffon Bruxellois

The Affenpinscher was one of the breeds used to create the Griffon Bruxellois, which is also a Brussels Griffon.

  1. Black Coat Color

The most common color of the Affenpinscher breed is a black coat. Their other coat colors include silver, red, tan, and beige, which is a very recognizable mix of red, brown, black, and white hairs.

  1. Miniature Schnauzer Family

The Affenpinscher is also ancestral to the Miniature Schnauzer, which should be recognizable to a fair number of people because of their bushy beards. This is a characteristic that it shares with other Schnauzers, which can grow their beards so long as the hair around their noses is permitted to grow out.

  1. Personality Traits

Generally speaking, Affenpinschers are confident dogs. Unfortunately, this is something that can sometimes turn into willfulness, thus making training them that much more challenging. On top of this, Affenpinschers need a varied training routine to produce the best results and keep boredom away. Some breeders say that they are not good with very young children. Some dogs are more territorial than others. The Affenpinscher tends to be a territorial creature when it comes to their food as well as their toys. Due to this, they are not necessarily a good fit for families with very young children, who might not be able to deal with these tendencies very well. Affenpinschers are very interesting because they are little dogs with big personalities.

At Animal Care Center, we can take good care of your Affenpinscher dog. Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming, and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.

 

 

FALL PET COSTUME CONTEST

It’s October and you know what that means… Animal Care Center is hosting its third annual Fall Pet Costume Contest! Email a photo of your furry friend in a creative costume or vote for your favorite pet costume on our Facebook page!

Winners will receive one of the following

  • 1st Prize: Free Exam + Annual vaccines + $75.00 Gift Card
  • 2nd Prize:Free Exam + Annual Vaccines + 50.00 Gift Card
  • 3rd Prize: Annual Exam + Free Vaccines

Rules to enter your pet

  • Email ONE photo of your pet in their grandest costume to animalcare3000@gmail.com. Include the name of your pet, your name, and city. We will post your picture on our Facebook page.
  • Email photos for posting starting TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2019. All photos must be received by 5pm on Friday, October 25, 2019.
  • Make sure that you “LIKE” our page and contact all your family and friends and tell them to “LIKE” the photo of your pet on our Facebook page.

Winners will be chosen by the “Animal Care Center Goon Squad.” Judging will be based on creativity, originality, and the numbers of “Likes” received.

Winners will be announced on THURSDAY, October 31st on FACEBOOK!

*****No purchase necessary to enter the contest

October is Adopt-a-Dog Month

Are you or your family thinking about getting a dog? October is the perfect month to adopt a dog. The American Humane Society has celebrated “Adopt-a-Dog Month®” each October since Since 1981. They started this effort to help the estimated 3-4 million animals waiting in shelters every year to get the loving, forever homes that they deserve through adoption.

Reasons to Adopt

There are numerous great reasons to adopt a dog from a shelter:

  1. You save an animal’s life.
  2. Break the cycle of overpopulation of pets in your City.
  3. Stop cruelty in the mass breeding facilities around the US.
  4. Embrace adopting an adult animal.
  5. Enjoy a lifetime resource with animal shelter employees and volunteers.
  6. Select from a vast selection of animals.
  7. Adopt a pet who has received excellent care.
  8. Support a worthwhile charity and community rescue shelter.
  9. Save money by paying less.
  10. Set an example and encourage others to adopt animals from shelters.

Animal Shelters

There are approximately 5,000 community animal shelters nationally. One option is looking for your pet on Petfinder.com or AdoptAPet.com. On these sites, all of the pets are from rescue shelters. You can search by animal, breed, size, age, sex, location, and even color. On these sites, each pet has a profile with pictures and a short bio on their behavior, likes, and dislikes. You can search online to find your furry family member this month from a shelter instead of a breeder. Your pup will love you forever for it.

Local Shelters

A local shelter is a perfect place to find dogs of every breed, size, age, and personality. They are all waiting for a loving home and best friend. Another option is to look online to find a legitimate breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters just like you.

Here is a local list of shelters and pet rescues:

Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Alpharetta, GA 877-404-5874

Best Friends Pet Adoption, Atlanta, GA 404-815-6680

Bosley’s Place, Smyrna, GA 505-565-4025

DeKalb County Animal Services, Chamblee, GA 404-294-2996

Georgia Homeless Pets, Smyrna, GA 404-590-2190

Good Mews Animal Foundation, Marietta, GA 770-499-2287

Fulton County Animal Services, Atlanta, GA 404-613-0358

PAWS Atlanta, Decatur, GA 770-593-1155

Local Shelters

Once you find your new family member, get a quality vet to perform a checkup to make sure your furry pet is healthy and up-to-date on their vaccinations, and any screenings for preventive care.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you are not in a position to adopt but still want to help all of the animals that don’t have homes, there is another method. You can give to a local shelter financially or with volunteering your time. Your contribution can help support rescues, grants and adoption programs, and help get many more animals off the streets and out of harm’s way. 

At Animal Care Center, we can take good care of your Abyssinian cat. Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment

Six Interesting Facts About Service Dogs

September is National Service Dog Month which is a time dedicated to raising awareness and showing appreciation for the extraordinary work service animals do every day for the people in their care. The National Service Dog Month respects and honors service dogs for enhancing millions of lives better and safer. 

These amazing dogs of service can help people in dire need and accomplish doing heroic deeds.

Six Interesting Facts About Service Dogs

1. Service dogs are not pets. Service animals are defined by The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.

2. Service dogs are highly trained professionals that undergo hundreds and even thousands of hours of training.

3. A service dog training is a costly and time-consuming process. The preparation for service dog starts when they are only two days old puppies, with neuromuscular stimulation exercises that prepare the animals to handle potentially stressful situations and routinely perform specialized tasks. The training process can last months, and sometimes even years.

4. Retrievers were born and bred to be a service dog, but any breed can do it. Any breed can work as a service dog according to the ADA. But experiences show retrievers are among the best because they love to use their mouths. Plus, they have excellent public perception, unlike pit bulls, which in some states are banned from being used as service dogs.

5. The service dog vests are optional. Service dogs are not required to wear any gear that identifies them as working dogs per the ADA. They only need to wear a leash or tether, unless it interferes with accomplishing a task, and are allowed to accompany their human partners anywhere that’s open to the public, including airports or restaurants.

6. Service dogs need and require care as well. The rewards from a service dog are priceless for all involved.

7. Services dogs do not include therapy dogs, emotional support animals, or other types of working K9s.

Types of Service Dogs

There are different types of service dogs that are trained for specific people and specific disabilities.

  • For the blind, there are guide dogs
  • For deaf or hearing impaired persons, there are hearing dogs
  • For persons who use wheelchairs, there are mobility assistance service dogs
  • Seizure response dogs help protect persons with seizure disorders when a seizure occurs
  • Diabetes assistance dogs to detect blood sugar highs and lows by scent

Service dogs are trained to inspire confidence, provide companionship, and live to protect, serve, and assist their handlers. Guide dogs, seeing-eye dogs, service pets, and assistance animals are helping their humans overcome debilitating mental illnesses, perform tasks, accomplish goals, and embark on adventures.

At Animal Care Center, we can take good care of your Abyssinian cat. Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.

 

Six Common Colors of an Abyssinian Cat

Are you a cat lover? Well, there is a lot to love about this species - the Abyssinian. It is a medium-sized cat with a long body and nicely developed muscles. They are active cats that love to jump and play.

This breed is moderate looking with smooth planes on their head with a gentle dip in the triangular head. They have large ears that are tilted forward giving them an alert, aware look as if they are always paying attention to everything that is going on around them. Their large eyes show the alertness and intelligence inherent in this breed.

Coat

The Abyssinian’s fur carries bands of color giving them a richness and depth not seen in other breeds. The coat on the Abyssinian is short and has tufts of hair in her ears. The Abyssinian coloring is very special with bands of color on each individual hair with the coat looking darker along the spine line. The color on their body softens and lightens under the neck and the underside of the cat and the insides of her legs. Length: Short, Medium Characteristics : Silky, Smooth Colors: Ruddy, Chocolate, Red, Blue, Fawn, Cinnamon Pattern : Ticking Less Allergenic: No Overall Grooming Needs: Low

Six Colors

The Abyssinian cat breed comes in six colors which are blue, chocolate, cinnamon, fawn, lilac, and ruddy. Only five of these colors are accepted and recognized as being legitimate competition colors. 

Size

The average weight range for this breed for both males and females is 8 - 12 lbs. Their eye color is green and gold.

Expectations

Their age longevity ranges from 9 to 13 years old. They have a high need for social attention. They have a low tendency to shed their coat.

Club Recognition

The cat association recognition is CFA, ACFA , FIFe, TICA, and CCA.

Personality

The Abyssinian is an easy cat to have in your home and they love people and other animals. They will play with their own toys for hours but also enjoy a good period of time of interactive play with their parents. These cats enjoy a conversation while talking to you in a soft, quiet voice. The Abyssinian is loving and affectionate, and loves to spend time with their parent. While the Abyssinian coat is easy to care for, the Abyssinian likes being combed or rubbed with a chamois cloth. Abyssinians are naturally active cats and typically keep their weight under control with their activity. Build in some high perches and cat trees so they can jump and climb.

History

The Abyssinian cat is thought to be the breed that can trace their roots directly to the Nile Valley. They were actually developed in Great Britain. In the 1860s, a cat named Zulu was brought to Britain by Lord Robert Napier following a military expedition to Abyssinia. Zulu was the foundation of the beautiful breed known today as the Abyssinian. The unique ticking pattern on the coat of the Abyssinian reminded people of the camouflage pattern on the coat of the wild rabbit. Abyssinian cats were soon being bred throughout Canada, United States and Europe.

At Animal Care Center, we can take good care of your Abyssinian cat. Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.

 

 

What is the Smallest Dog Breed in the World?

Chihuahuas are known as the smallest dog breed in the world with a maximum weight of 6 pounds, according to AKC. The Chihuahua breed originated in Mexico and are named after the Chihuahua state in Mexico. 

Appearance

These tiny creatures have very small rounded heads, erect ears, and rounded eyes. Their coats come in a wide variety of patterns and colors. They have both long and short hair lengths. The Chihuahua is a balanced, graceful dog of terrier-like demeanor. The rounded “apple” head is a breed hallmark.

Traits

Chihuahuas possess loyalty, charm, and big-dog attitude. Chihuahuas will require training to get this little Napoleon under your rules. Compact and confident, Chihuahuas are ideal city pets. They need special care in cold weather. 

Like every other breed the early socialization and training is a must for Chihuahuas. Because these dogs are very intelligent and curious, they learn tricks quickly. They are devoted to their family, and tend to bond with only one person in the family.

Like Pomeranians, you can take Chihuahuas anywhere you like, because of their small size. The Chihuahuas also like to follow you always. They can be good watchdogs, even their very small in size. They will bark at strangers and strange sounds. It is not advised to leave your Chihuahua dog alone outdoors, because other animals can easily attack them.

Chihuahuas are all dog, fully capable of competing in dog sports such as agility and obedience, and are among the top ten watchdogs recommended by experts.

These dogs love nothing more than being with their people and require a minimum of grooming and exercise.

Giant Personalities

Although they may not take up much space, small dogs can have giant personalities and are perfectly sized for cramped living quarters. The pint-sized pooches are some of the tiniest canines in existence. 

Stats 

In the Americas, Chihuahuas are one of the oldest dog breeds. They are capable of a long-life and can survive up to 16 years of age.

Dog Breed Group: Companion Dogs

Height:                6 inches to 9 inches tall at the shoulder

Weight:               3 to 6 pounds

Life Span:           10 to 18 years

Children

Chihuahuas are not recommended for homes with children under the age of eight, simply because of the chance of injury by a young child. It is important to socialize a Chihuahua to adults, children, and other animals. They do not trust strangers, which makes them excellent watchdogs.

Highlights

Here are some highlights about this breed:

  • Choose a Chihuahua breeder who provides health clearances for patellas and heart conditions.
  • Long-lived breed up to 18 years.
  • They are prone to shivering when they are cold, excited, or scared. Recommend a sweater or coat when outdoors in cold or wet weather.
  • Socialize when young to get them kinder to other dogs.
  • Not a good idea to leave unattended in the yard. They can be attacked by other dogs, coyotes, hawk, and birds of prey.
  • Chihuahuas can be reserved with strangers. Choose a puppy that was whelped and raised in a home with a lot of human interaction.
  • Chihuahuas are not recommended for homes with children under the age of eight, because a young child might hurt the Chihuahuas are while playing due to their tiny size.
  • This breed is prone to the build-up of ear wax and dry skin.

If you select this tiny pup, make sure you connect with an experienced vet to take great care of your new furry loved one?

Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.

 

 

Vietnamese Pot-Bellied Pigs Can Be Trained to Use a Litter Box

Pot-bellied pigs in the U.S. can be traced back to Vietnam in 1985 and are a domestic breed of pig who are much smaller and calmer than a farm pig. A pot-bellied pig is usually full-grown at three years of age and weighs between 50 and 200 pounds and grows to a height of 14 inches. Farm pigs can weigh 600 to 1000 pounds. They are much smaller than a normal pig and can be black, white or pink. They have a "pot-belly" that hangs down. The Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs were the pet of the '80s called the Yuppy Puppies.

Can Be Trained

Pot-bellied pigs are exceptionally clean and smart animals. They can be easily trained to use a litter box or to go to the bathroom outside. They can be trained to do many other things, such as to sit or come when called. Pigs love to be challenged and enjoy learning how to do new things.

Other Names

Their scientific name is Sus Scrofa, and they are originally native to Vietnam. The most common type of mini pig is the pot-bellied pig who is also called Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, miniature pot-belly pig, or Chinese pot-bellied pig. Another mini pig named KuneKune weighs in at around 400 pounds on average and looks more like their cousin the farm pig.

As for the Micro Mini pigs or Teacup pigs, these are just normal pot-bellied pigs that have been chronically underfed and malnourished in an attempt to keep them small. Their life span is maybe five years because the micro mini pig stays tiny, while their organs still continue to grow to a normal size for a normal size pig.

Breeds

The smallest breed of pig is considered the pot-bellied pigs. Others name them as micro-mini or teacup pigs, but these are just pot-bellied pigs that are either not full grown yet, malnourished or inbred.

Diet

Their diet is grass, plants, roots, vegetables, insects, and grubs. Pigs can gain much more weight if they are on a poor diet, get overfed, and have lack of exercise. Pigs will keep eating until they vomit.

Some pot-belly pigs have a naturally "plump" appearance with full round jowls, a rounder body and more of a "pot" belly. Others are slender and more athletic. If you can see the ribs, hips, or other bones, your pig is underweight. Your pig is overweight if your pig looks like it has swallowed a melon when looking down at him from above. If your pig has folds of fat around their eyes, it can be an indicator of being overweight.

Reproduction

Their gestation period is approximately 114 days with a typical offspring of 4 – 10 piglets.

Lifespan

Their lifespan in the wild is ten years; in captivity, it is 15-20 years.

Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.

Is there a Difference Between a Bunny and a Rabbit?

We have many famous references to rabbits over the years — Brer Rabbit, Bugs Bunny, Easter Bunny, Energizer Bunny, Flopsy Bunnies, March Hare, Peter Rabbit, Roger Rabbit, The Velveteen Rabbit, Thumper, White Rabbit, and Winnie the Pooh Rabbit. Rabbits are so cute, and small children love their stuffed animal rabbits.

Is There a Difference?

Rabbits and bunnies are the same animal – there’s no difference in breed or species, just the word we prefer to use. Both of these words refer to the same mammal, but they usually refer to that mammal at different stages of development.

Bunny

What does bunny mean? 

Bunny is another noun and another name for a rabbit, but it usually refers to a small young rabbit, often a baby rabbit. 

Rabbit 

What does rabbit mean? 

The word rabbit is a noun. A rabbit is a type of mammal. They are small, furry animals with large ears and powerful back legs that can be seen hopping around in meadows in the springtime. A rabbit is different from a hare. While they appear similar and belong to the same biological family, they are different species.

A kit is a baby rabbit.

A doe is a female rabbit.

A buck is a male rabbit.

A herd is a group of rabbits.

Lagomorphs were originally classified as rodents, but in 1912 the distinction was made between them and rodents. Hares are born with their eyes open, hair covering their bodies, and they can run within a few minutes of birth (much like a Guinea pig!). Rabbits are born naked, blind, and remain in a fur-lined nest for the first days of their lives.

Pets

Rabbits make great pets. In general, rabbits require appropriate housing, exercise, socialization, and diet for good welfare. Some rabbit breeds may require daily grooming.

Rabbits are incredibly clean animals. They are easy to housebreak and train. A pet rabbit can be taught to come to their name, sit in your lap, and do simple tricks similar to a dog.

Happy rabbits practice a cute behavior known as a “binky:” they jump up in the air and twist and spin around!

Dangerous for Rabbits

Rabbits can die from stress-induced heart attacks. A Rabbit’s fur can take a long time to dry. The rabbit can quickly get hypothermia, even on warm days if their hair is left wet. Remember to be careful when trying to dry their fur, and you may inadvertently burn the skin with the hair dryer.

Diet

Rabbits don't naturally eat root vegetables/fruit. It is a myth that rabbits eat carrots. They should only be fed in small amounts as occasional treats to a rabbit because carrots are high in sugar. Rabbits require mainly hay and/or grass, some leafy greens and a small, measured amount of pellets. Rabbits eat a diet entirely of grasses and other plants (herbivore).

Fertility

Stories abound about the reproductive nature of rabbits, and so it is not surprising that the rabbit should have become a symbol of fertility in many cultures and religions. Rabbits became associated with Easter.

A rabbit’s litter is typically between 4 and 12 babies, which results after a short 30-day gestation. A single female rabbit can produce as many as 800 children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in just one year!

Life Span

A rabbit's life span is about eight years, though sterilized rabbits (those who are spayed/neutered) can live as long as 10-12 years.

Teeth

A rabbit’s teeth never stop growing. Normal wear from where their top and bottom teeth meet keeps a rabbit’s teeth short.

If your family gets a bunny or rabbit, we can provide quality healthcare for your furry loved one.

Animal Care Center in Smyrna, GA, is owned and operated by Otto H. Williams, DVM. The veterinary practice specializes in complete healthcare for cats and dogs and offers services including preventative, surgical and nonsurgical care, internal medicine, grooming and boarding to Cobb County and surrounding cities such as Vinings, Marietta, Mableton and Sandy Springs. Call today at 770.438.2694 or request an appointment.

 

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