The beach is such a fun place to go where you get to relax, jump into the ocean, and have a good time with family, friends, and pets. Not every pet will like going to the beach though. So, would you be able to take your rabbit to the beach?
You can bring your rabbit to the beach if you bring your rabbit at a particular time of day, with the right equipment, and proper protection. Rabbits are very sensitive and particular animals, so it’s very important that you make sure that it is comfortable and safe on the beach.
Scout Out the Area
When going to the beach, you find a spot that is you unofficially claim to be yours. Whether it be that it has the coolest sand during the day or is the best area for you to go swimming, you claim it to be your spot. This place will be important for you to bring your rabbit to because you are familiar with it.
When bringing your rabbit to an unfamiliar area, you will not have a good idea of what to expect. It might be an area that has a ton of dangers for your rabbit to encounter. This can cause a ton of stress on your rabbit and you do not want that to happen.
So, scout out the area. Make sure that you will be bringing your rabbit to a spot on the beach where they will feel safe and be able to have a good time.
At the beach, there are not many predators of rabbits. However, birds, crabs, and other intimidating animals can cause a lot of stress to your rabbit. Because rabbits are extremely sensitive, any sudden surprises or intense feelings of stress can send your rabbit into shock that could prove fatal. Even without an attack on your rabbit, the presence of predators will cause them stress because of the possibility of an attack.
Therefore, it is important to be familiar with the area. To give your rabbit the maximum amount of protection and security it needs.
It is very easy for your rabbit to overheat, causing heat stroke, and, most often, death. In preparation for bringing your rabbit to the beach, you need to make sure you go to the beach when it will be below 72° Fahrenheit (22°C). Be sure to have a good source of shade and cool water for them to drink.
While at the beach, watch for signs of heatstroke as your rabbit may overheat without you even realizing it.
Signs of heatstroke:
- Taking short and quick breaths
- Acting very sleepy or lethargic
- Falling unconscious
- Having fits
If you see any sign of heatstroke, call your vet immediately and ask for instructions. You will more than likely be instructed to cool down your rabbit slowly. You do not want to cool down your rabbit too fast because that may cause it to go into shock.
TIP: While at the beach, your first thought probably won’t be about your rabbit getting enough to drink, but it should be. Dehydration can be fatal! How to Get Rabbits to Drink Water: 10 Effective Tips is a great article to read to prepare you for this moment. Especially in extreme temperatures, rabbits can get dehydrated easily and your rabbit will need emergency care if he gets sick from water not being a top priority.
Some effective ways to cool down your rabbit include:
- Move them to a cool and shaded area out of the sun
- Use a cool and wet towel to dampen their fur (Do not drench your rabbit as that will send them into shock)
- Putting them near a fan
- Let them drink small amounts of cool water.
The kinds of plants that are found on beaches vary widely depending on your location. Some plants, like seaweed, for example, are harmful to rabbits. Seaweed has a very high sodium level which will cause damage to your rabbit’s kidneys. Check out this article about What to Do If Your Rabbit Eats a Poisinous Plant here. You’ll be glad you read this before it happens!
Do research on the beach you will go to. See what kinds of plants are on that beach and decide whether it would be okay to bring your rabbit to that beach or not. If you do decide to bring your rabbit to the beach, make sure to keep a close eye on where the plants are. Try to keep your rabbit away from those areas as much as possible.
With beaches being right by a body of water there are going to be a ton of bugs! They can have mosquitos, flies, and all other dangerous insects. Mosquitos and flies are dangerous because they can spread diseases through their bites. If your rabbit gets one of these diseases, it will be very difficult for them to recover because of their weak immune systems.
After being outside, it is essential that you check your rabbit for anything that could be potentially harmful to it. For example, a mosquito bite. If you find a mosquito bite your rabbit could get a disease called Myxomatosis.
Myxomatosis disease causes swelling and discharge from the eyes, nose, anus, and general regions. Most rabbits die within 10 to 14 days of infection. Some strains of this deadly disease might even cause death in a rabbit before outward signs have appeared.
Be aware that bugs also inhabit beaches, monitor your rabbit, and be sure to examine your rabbit as soon as possible. Doing so will help prevent anything dangerous from happening to your furry friend.
When bringing your rabbit to the beach, it is important to bring some sort of enclosed area with you to help your rabbit feel safe and secure. The best enclosed area that you should bring with you is a play carrier meant for small dogs. This will give them a safe place to go and hang out in.
There will be a lot of new things for your rabbit whenever you take them to the beach, so be prepared for a potentially stressed rabbit and bring their favorite toys, treats, and friends.
If the setting is right, your rabbit will have an amazing time at the beach! Pay constant attention to your rabbit. You need to be on guard for anything that might happen. Remember to watch for predators, heatstroke, poisonous plants, and bugs. If you do, you and your rabbit will be wanting to go to the beach together more and more!
Other Helpful Articles
- How Much Sleep Pet Rabbits Need (with Sleep Schedule) – With all the traveling you’ll probably be doing to get to the beach, and all the commotion of possible extra family members, friends, travel, and packing, you’ll want to make sure your rabbit is getting the sleep he needs.
- This is Why Your Rabbit Lays on It’s Side – You may find that a favorite position of your rabbit, whether at the beach or at home, is the side-laying position. This article will tell you all about what research says about the rabbit’s temperament when laying on its side.