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Lake Howell Animal Clinic

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856 Lake Howell Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Phone: (407) 628-8000
Fax: (407) 628-8412

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In many instances, rabbits kept in hutches, pet stores, or laboratories do not receive enough stimulation or physical space to demonstrate their full behavioral repertoire and end up living very boring lives. Owners of house rabbits know that rabbits are intelligent creatures with distinct personalities and a range of behaviors. Few bunnies conform to the stereotypical “cute and cuddly” or passive and timid expectations that many people have of rabbits. Thinking of acquiring a pet rabbit? Explore some common questions related to house rabbit behavior. 

My rabbit wants to chew — on everything! Is this normal?

Chewing is a normal rabbit behavior. “Bunny proofing” your home is necessary to prevent destruction of property and to protect your house rabbit from harm. Cover all wires with heavy duty cord covers (double or even triple layers) or, better yet, block access to wires and phone cords altogether.

Provide your bunny with safe, fun chewing alternatives to keep her occupied and relieve boredom. Be aware that pet store purchased toys like little blocks of wood and carrot shaped toss toys are seldom of interest to bunnies. Try untreated baskets or cardboard boxes (with tape and labels removed). Buns love the resistance that walls and carpets provide, so try mounting a piece of unfinished pine board to the side of bunny’s cage as a safe chewing object.

What about digging? 

Digging is another normal behavior that makes “bunny proofing” very necessary. In fact, the scientific name of the domestic rabbit is Oryctolagus cuniculus, which translates as “hare-like digger of underground passages.” Provide safe and fun digging alternatives like a cardboard box (with tape and labels removed) filled with shredded newspaper, old white-pages phone books (with slick covers removed), or unfinished (no paints or stains) grass mats. Seagrass mats can commonly be found in housewares stores. These items are safe and options to help your bun meet his or her instinctive need to dig. 

Adapted from information provided by LafeberVet.com


Veterinary Services

Welcome to Lake Howell Animal Clinic

"Your pet’s health and well-being is our number one concern."

Your Dog, Cat, and Exotics Veterinarian in Maitland, FL
Call us at (407) 628-8000

Veterinary Services:
  • Medical Care

  • Dental Care

  • Orthopedics

  • Surgery

  • Spay/Neuter

  • Critical Care

  • Vaccinations

  • Boarding

  • Diet & Nutrition

  • Referrals

  • Education

Services We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Learn more about all the services we provide. Make An Appointment We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule. Schedule an appointment today! Online Forms Our patient forms are available online so they can be completed in the convenience of your own home or office.


We like the knowledge of both Dr.Diaz and Dr.Perez so much- we moved from another clinic we had been with for ten years. I highly recommend them both.

- Robin L. / Maitland, FL

I can say with much certainty that not many will do what you (Dr.Diaz) did for me. Not many are out there who have so much benevolence in their heart to help out others, particularly in the medical profession. My heart is filled with thankfulness towards you. I would also like to thank your staff which is equally as loving and caring. They showed tremedous sensitivity towards me and dealt with me in kindness.

- Vijai T. / Maitland, FL

Dr Perez has been the vet for my 3 dogs for over 5 years and I can't say enough good things about her care and the well being she has for my pups. Nancy is also very knowledgeable and wonderful. She takes the time needed to answer all my questions and gives me the best course of action when they're ill.

- Janis L. / Orlando, FL

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Drop off and pick up for boarders MUST be no later than 5:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and no later than 12:00pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


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