In general they are a healthy breed. However, just like people, the lionhead rabbit health is much easier to preserve than to treat a disease.
A healthy lionhead rabbit has a dry muzzle, clear eyes, is lively and is moving a lot. A healthy lionhead bunny has clean and dense fur.
It is also important to pay attention when you buy the rabbit, since some diseases such as the dental disease are most often inherited.
Similarly, rabbits that are early separated from their mothers (mostly because they are small and sweet and have attract a new owner) will not have a well-developed digestive tract and immune system, which is why they will always be health sensitive.
A food that warrant heavy chewing is essentials for keeping their incisor teeth at a manageable length. They grow throughout their lives about 3-4 in (10 cm) per year. Therefore, it is very important that your long-haired friend always has some branches of apples on which he will “sharp” his teeth.
You should know that the lionhead rabbit nails should be shortened occasionally. See also: How to cut rabbit nails.
Do not keep them or their cage next to a window or door (which is constantly open), nor expose them to extreme weather conditions (hot or cold).
Health Tip: Always try to keep the living area of your lionhead bunny clean since it is vital for its good health. A build up of ammonia is hard for the respiratory system of the rabbit. Determine what works best for your rabbit by trying different bedding and be sure to use a large cage.
Many rabbits who eat large amounts of fresh green food do not drink much water and in most cases this does not have to worry you, but if you notice that their “drink” habits change it is time to visit the vet.
How to determine if a lion head rabbit is sick?
If you notice that your rabbit is unusually calm and quiet, lacks appetite, or eats poorly, has a mushy feces, has a bloated belly, or behaves abnormally – be sure to take it to the vet as soon as possible.
- Does the rabbit has regular droppings and are they normal in shape?
- Is the rabbit sitting unusually long in some corner?
- Is the rabbit who is usually timid, now sitting in your lap without a problem?
- Is the rabbit eating his usual amount of food?
- Are the rabbit movements different than usually?
Some of the most common lionhead rabbit health issues are:
- Dental issues