Beach is a perfect way to take a break from the daily fuss of life. There you can go and just relax. You can take a dip into the ocean and spend an enjoyable time with your loved ones and pets. However, the beach is not a likable place for many pets. So, is it possible to take your rabbit to the beach?
Yes, you can take your little bunny to have some fun at the beach. But, you have to remember some things. You can do so only at a particular time of the day, only if you take the correct equipment, and only when you provide proper care and protection to your rabbit. A rabbit is not a rough and tough animal; it is more of a sensitive one. So, it’s necessary that when you take it to the beach, ensure its safety as well as comfort.
Lookout For A Suitable Spot
When you plan to spend a nice beach day, choose a spot that you usually go to. It is basically the spot that you claim to be yours, obviously unofficially. It can be any nice spot, whether the one with the coolest sand on the beach or any area that you like to go for swimming. The primary aim behind this is to take your rabbit to a spot that you are familiar with.
If you take your rabbit to a spot that you don’t have any idea about, then you’ll have no clue what to expect there. It might be a spot full of dangers for your bunny, which you might be unfamiliar with. Taking your rabbit to a spot unknown to you can put a lot of pressure and stress on your little friend, and you don’t want that, right?
So, it is essential that your properly scout out the area where you will be bringing your rabbit. And make sure that your rabbit feels safe there and has a good time.
Beware Of Predators
Usually, there is not much danger for rabbits on the beach as there are not many predators. But you can find animals like crabs, birds, or any other intimidating animals there. These animals can become the reason for stress for your rabbit. Rabbits are susceptible, so an extreme feeling of anxiety or any abrupt surprise can send it into shock. This can be really dangerous for your small pet. Even if no animal attacks on the rabbit, it is still very stressful due to the predators’ mere presence and the possibility of an attack.
Hence, it is necessary that you take your rabbit to a spot you are familiar with to provide him maximum protection and a feeling of safety.
A rabbit’s body temperature can get high very quickly, resulting in heatstroke and, in many cases, even death. If you are thinking of taking your rabbit to a beach with you, keep in mind taking it on the beach only when the temperature is below 22 degrees Celsius (72 degrees Fahrenheit). Also, ensure that you have a nice shade for sun protection and water to drink for your bunny.
Many times, a rabbit suffers overheating, and you don’t even realize it. So, you should know the symptoms of a heat stroke:
- Feeling lethargic, dull, and sleepy.
- Breathing quickly with short breaths.
- Getting unconscious.
- Encountering fits.
If you notice any of these signs, then contact your vet and ask for some immediate remedy. There is a high possibility that your vet will instruct you to cool down your rabbit at the instance. But remember, don’t ever cool down your rabbit quickly or too fast. Doing so will send the little bun into shock.
For cooling your rabbit down, you can go for the following effective ways:
- Immediately take your rabbit to a shaded area away from the sun.
- Don’t ever drench your rabbit into cold water; this can send it into shock. It is better to soak a towel into cold water and dampen the rabbit’s fur for cooling it down.
- Making it drink some cold water can also work.
- You can even put it near a fan.
Keep Your Rabbit Away From Poisonous Plants
Depending on your location and the beach you are visiting, the variety of plants can vary widely. We are discussing plants because some plants can be fatal for rabbits. One of the examples is the seaweed. It consists of a high level of sodium which can damage the kidney of the rabbit.
So, before taking your rabbit to a beach, do proper research and find out what kind of plants are present there. After a thorough investigation, you can decide whether it will be safe to take your rabbit to the beach or not.
When you decide to take your rabbit to the beach, choose a spot away from the plants. Also, keep a close eye on your rabbit that it doesn’t go near any plants.
Bugs Can Be Fatal
Going on a beach means a water body will be right near you, and that means there will be a lot of bugs. Beach can be full of flies, mosquitoes, and other types of dangerous insects. Small creatures like mosquitoes and flies can be perilous as they can spread some fatal diseases by biting your little friend. If your rabbit gets infected by any dangerous disease, it will be challenging for it to recover as rabbits have a weak immune system.
So, whenever you take your rabbit out, closely check it for any mosquito bites. If you find any bite, then there can be chances of diseases such as Myxomatosis.
When infected with such a disease, there will be swelling and discharge signs from the nose, eyes, and anogenital region. The main thing of concern is that there is no treatment for this disease. After getting infected, most of the rabbits die within 10 to 14 days. If the rabbit is infected with a highly virulent strain of Myxomatosis, it can cause the rabbit’s sudden death without even showing any symptoms of infection.
Tons of bugs inhabit beaches. So, whenever you take your furry friend on the beach, monitor it closely. If you find anything abnormal, take it for examination as soon as possible. Taking immediate remedial action can save your little friend from anything dangerous.
Keep The Rabbit In An Enclosed Area
For the safety of your rabbit on the beach, it will be good if you take an enclosed area with you. One of the best options is to take a play carrier of a dog. It will give you rabbit sufficient space to play and keep it safe and secure.
Your rabbit can experience a lot of new things on the beach. It can get potentially stressed encountering something new. So, it will be wise to take your little friend’s favorite toys and treats to make it feel comfortable.
With the right and ideal settings, you and your rabbit can have a great and fantastic time at the beach. You will have to pay constant attention and keep a close eye on your rabbit to keep it safe from anything dangerous. Be on your guard and keep a watch on predators, heatstroke, lethal plants, as well as mosquitoes, flies, and other dangerous bugs. If you keep all these things in mind, you and your furry friend will want to go on the beach every now and then.