Rabbit sense: What you need to know before you buy a bunny

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT/KKCO) -- Easter approaches, and bunnies are a symbol of the season.

Before you trade in chocolates and stuffed toys and buy the real thing, the experts recommend thinking twice.

With an average life span of 10 years, taking home a rabbit is a similar commitment to adopting a dog. Bunnies should even need to be spayed or neutered, according to veterinarians.

“There’s a lot of misconceptions about diet. A lot of people put bunnies on a pellet diet which can make them chubby and give them troubles, a lot of people don’t know one of the mainstays of a rabbit’s diet is hay," Jessica Bridge, an associate veterinarian at Amigo Animal Clinic explained. "From there we look at dental care, nails, temperature and cleanliness of cage.”

There are no leash laws for bunnies, so animal control cannot take unwanted rabbits. Similarly, Roice-Hurst only accepts cats and dogs into their care.

If you discover you don’t want the animal after the Easter holiday, private adoptions are among the only options.