As most healthy rabbits lives 10 to 12 years with good care, any rabbit over 6 years of age is considered a senior rabbit or elderbunny. Giant breeds may reach their golden age a bit sooner with their lower life expectancy.
Differences in care
Aging in rabbits can bring on changes in body condition and behavior. It is a good idea to bring your rabbit to a rabbit-savvy veterinarian every 6 months to catch any sicknesses or medical conditions early on for effective treatment. Your veterinarian may also recommend annual blood work or urinalysis as necessary.
- Dr. Carolynn Harvey, DVM, Rabbits: Geriatrics and Chronic Disease
- kinenchen, At Home Care Guide for Elderly Bunnies
- DisabledRabbits.com, Senior Rabbits
- The Buckeye House Rabbit Society, Dr. Gary Riggs, DVM, Problems of the Geriatric Rabbit
- The Georgia House Rabbit Society, Gil Stanzione, DVM, Aging Bunny, Aging Bladder
- Celebrating Rabbits, Marie Mead, Caring for An Aging Rabbit
- The Bunny Bunch S.P.C.R., Jeffrey R. Jenkins, DVM, Care of the Elderly Rabbit
- House Rabbit Society, Michelle Wilhelm, Living With An Elder Bun
- House Rabbit Network, Astrid M. Kruse, DVM, Caring for the Elderly Bunny
- Atlanta Coast Veterinary Conference, Karen L. Rosenthal, DVM, How to Manage the Geriatric Rabbit
- Hook Norton Veterinary Group LLP, Care of the Elderly Rabbit
- Foster and Smith, Inc., Caring For Your Senior Rabbit
- Rabbit Advocates, Mark E. Burgess DVM, "Older and healthy", The Rabbit Advocate, Winter 2011
- Helium, Angie Pollock, How to care for an elderly rabbit
- House Rabbit Society, Elizabeth TeSelle, To a Long Life: Geriatric Workups
- DisabledRabbits.com, Litter box options for arthritic, senior, some 'tripods', disabled, and other rabbits
Below are libraries on elderly rabbit care.
- RabbitsOnline.net, LIBRARY: Rabbit Health > Senior Rabbit Care