So bunny parents this is one of the most important pages I’ve ever written – to know the symptoms and signs of your bunny being in a comprised health crisis. I’ve lost two bunnies and its heartbreaking so YOU MUST KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR EVERY DAY. Its so important that you pay attention to your bunny and love, feed and protect them but it’s also your responsibility to get them medical care when they need it. The challenge can be realizing they need help. If you don’t pay attention to your rabbit and feel they are a burden to you then, find another loving home for your bunny as that rabbit deserves a good home with someone that will love them like they should be loved. Since bunnies are good at hiding the fact they are sick, you must be checking what they eat and what they poop every day. Take your bunnies normal routine, attitude and personality into account when evaluating them for illness or injury. If you have any doubts or questions always side on caution and take them to a vet pronto.
So here are some of things to watch out for:
Lack of Eating
Lack of appetite – monitor the amount of food you gave him/her and how much they had eaten at the next feeding. Offer a favorite food or treat – if they have stopped eating completely or almost completely they need to see a vet asap.
Pooping, Not Pooping or Weird shaped Poop
Usually my rabbit will not eat as much food as normal which will be my first tip off something is wrong. I then immediately check for the poops. Now I have 2 bunnies that are bonded living together and sharing poop dishes so its IMPERATIVE that I know Dino’s poops form Lucy’s so I can tell them apart (by color, size and number). I recommend giving the rabbit a brand new hay dish with hay so you can clearly monitor exactly what has been pooped out without ay issues. You must also check their entire area for additional poops to give you an accurate picture of how many poops they have made. You must also note a time frame – 4 hours – 8 hours etc. Rabbits tend to poop all the time, not like humans do. So pay attention to what your rabbits normal is. The size can give some indication to the vet as to what is going with them. These are what to look out for:
1. Number of poops – about how many and how many is normal for your bunny?
2. Are the a different color than normal – black, brow, green, red, orange-ish?
3. Shape – are they normal shaped for your bunny or tiny like mouse poops? Not rounded but sorta has pointed edges and not round or smooth?
4. Poop strung with fur will look like a pearl necklace with poop string poop string. This requires a supplement called Laxatone that can be given by mouth. I’m told its good to have on hand to give when you see the string of poop pearls. We not give this yet but have it on hand as Dino has these poops every so often. You can also give this on a regular routine my vet said.
5. Steady the different kinds of poops because you really have to up to date on this to know exactly what kind of poop you are looking at poop or cecal poops.
6. Watery poops or a smearing of poop.
If your rabbit has stopped eating or stopped pooping – TAKE THEM TO A VET ASAP.
If your rabbit has stopped eating and pooping -RUSH THEM TO VET ITS AN EMERGENCY SITUATION.
OTHER SYMPTOMS TO WATCH OUT FOR:
If they seem lazy, not moving around, hiding in unusual places or rooms, not responding to your call. Restless and can’t seem to stay in one position.
Sitting in a strange sorta haunched forward position almost like they are going to leap forward.
Rapid breathing, sort of a fast breathing (through their nose). My Baby didn’t seem concerned by it but I noticed it on the day she died.
Teeth grinding that sounds like when they are happy and you are petting them but for no reason they are sitting or laying by themselves grinding their teeth which could mean they are in pain.
Bloated or hard stomach – I never felt this on my bunnies but some people might notice it when they pick up their rabbit. Bunny Basics PDF says if sides of stomach are sucked or sunken in can indicate GI Stasis.
Drinking a lot of water – just sorta all of the sudden you notice that the rabbit drinking a lot of water, that can indicate kidney issues.
So know your bunny and how much it normally eats and poops along with how many poops and what it looks like.
If your rabbit has any of these warning signs, please take them to the vet, don’t wait see if they get better especially if they have stopped eating or pooping or both!
Don’t email me, take them to the vet, I can’t help you and only your vet can Thanks for being responsible and knowing the warning signs of trouble.
If you have more warning signs for me to post here – please let me know! Thanks for helping bunnies everywhere…..
If you have a specific question about your rabbit, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.