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How to Determine a Rabbit's Age | Pet Rabbits



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so people are always interested in how

old a gravid is especially if they're

trying to adopt a rabbit from a shelter

unfortunately rabbits who come into

shelters don't come with tags on them

telling us how old they are and it is

very hard to tell the age of a rabbit

there really is no reliable way some

people look at their teeth but in fact

you can have a young rabbit that has

pretty lousy teeth and you can have an

older rabbit that has beautiful teeth

just as you can with dogs with small

breeds of dogs you can find a young dog

with lots of tartar and you can find an

older dog with brilliant gleaming white

teeth that look like toothpaste adds

similar with rabbits so teeth are not a

reliable way to tell the age of a rabbit

unless the rabbit is extremely young but

other than that when a rabbit comes in

to shelter into a shelter how do we tell

the age well there's two ways that I do

one is when they're being spayed or

neutered the toughness of their tissue

will often give you a really big clue as

to how old they are especially with

males when you're neutering a male the

influence of testosterone over a long

period of time like many years will make

the tissues very tough and hard to

manipulate even when I'm injecting the

rabbit pre-surgery with his medications

it's hard to get a needle through very

tough skin the skin becomes almost like

a football that's an older rabbit a

younger rabbit will have much softer

skin and softer tissues for the

veterinarian to manipulate during

surgery so that gives you a little bit

of a clue another thing that I've

learned through the years is that there

is a relationship between the condition

of the rabbits hocks or heels and his

age and it's just a personal observation

so take it for what it's worth I haven't

read this in a book or textbook anything

like that but I've noticed it by caring

for many hundreds of rabbits over a very

long period of time when a rabbit is

really young his heels are healthy pink

beautiful nice skin no problem and the

heel on a rabbit is like our elbow the

bone is right up against the skin as a

rabbit gets older the constant pressure

on his heel on his hawk by that bone

against the skin starts to change the

condition of the hawk so if you get in a

really young rabbit you're going to have

a fully furred foot with no callus on it

as rabbits start to get older that one

spot develops a callus on it and if the

rabbit doesn't get enough exercise and

is left to sit for long periods of time

and this can be either in a wire bottom

cage where the wire is cutting into the

foot but it can also be on a flat bottom

cage where the rabbits weight is just

constantly on that one spot then you

start to get a callus that turns a

different color it starts to get red and

irritated

sometimes the flesh actually breaks and

the bone starts to come through and

that's really dangerous if that opens a

path for a serious infection so I'm

going to show you with this little guy

fanucci what his hocks look like and we

know from his adopter that this rabbit

is around 7 years old something like

that and he's in great shape and his

heels I think you can get a close-up

here see that callus that is a callus of

an older rabbit it is not inflamed but

it is a dark pink there's no break in

the skin nothing looks like it's going

to excuse me nothing looks like it's

going to come through but that's a way

that you can check the age of the rabbit

as he gets older when you pick up a

rabbit and see that condition you know

that that weights been resting on that

spot for a long time so those are my

best tips for aging a rabbit if you know

the rabbit's age at the outset that's

great but don't let that stop you don't

let your lack of knowledge stop you from

adopting a rabbit that you really like

because older rabbits need loving

families too