Choosing a boarding facility for your bunny is as important as choosing the right veterinarian. Many boarding facilities are set up to take care of dogs and cats, but rabbits need a little different care than dogs and cats.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions before you board your bunny with anyone. Some of these questions could be how many rabbits they have taken care of in the past? Are their boarding caretakers comfortable with handling rabbits? Do they know the signs of a sick rabbit or a rabbit in pain? Do they have an exotic trained veterinarian on call for bunny emergencies?
Ask to see where your bunny will be housed. Make sure dogs and cats are not housed in or travel through that area as they can be very stressful to a rabbit. Make sure the kennel or hutch where your friend will be kept is large enough for your bunny. See “Finding the Right Rabbit Hutch” for information on hutch sizes. If the facilities housing is not appropriate, ask if you can bring your own bunny’s hutch.
Ask about exercise. Will your bunny be allowed to play outside of the hutch? Does the facility have any toys appropriate for a rabbit? Being confined in a small hutch or kennel with no exercise, toys or entertainment for extended periods can adversely affect your furry friend’s physical and mental health. You can also bring some familiar toys to leave with your bunny.
Make sure you provide plenty of hay and pellets to last for the entire period of boarding. Give them explicit instructions for feeding and watering your bunny. You can even bring special treats such as carrots or fruit that they can give to your bunny.
To prevent separation anxiety, bring some bedding, toys or clothing that your bunny will recognize. These items will help your bunny through the period of your separation. If your bunny has a hutch mate, have them board together.
Have a happy healthy holiday!