So the other day while picking up poop with my mini broom and dust pan I noticed some really funky poop. Now at the time this mass of poop was on the colored carpet and not in the poop dish laying on top of yellowish corn cob. It was a small colored section of rug. I saw some white stuff and few pcs of poop. The white stuff caught my eye immediately and I thought WHAT THE HECK IS THAT????
It was almost indescribable. It was white-ish yellow and it was sorta in and around the poop. Like a clump with poop stuck to it. So I took the edge of the dust pan and touched it, expecting it be a like a pile of puss or mucus and I thought it would separate or move – but it didn’t. Now I was totally perplexed. WHAT THE HECK WAS IT??? I thought oh my gosh is that like pc of stomach or intestine or colon? But both bunnies were eating and pooping and acting fine. Because the poop attached to this mass was smaller we suspected it came from Dino but we really are not sure. So I did what everyone does, I called my spouse Boo to come over and look at it. He was like, “Wow yeah what is that – what did they eat to poop out that?” I thought long and hard about what they could have eaten and what that way. So this was later at night and I thought about it. I had put it into the poop dish but wondered about it as I fell asleep and first thing in the morning.
So when I woke up I thought huh, I’d better get a picture of that thing to show the vet since I can’t imagine what the heck it is. So I took it back out of the poop dish, now it has corn cob on it along with more poop. So I took a few shots but only 2 came out. While reviewing the images of this mass thing, I sorta like fine lines going down the sides of this thing. In the picture, I could see detail that my naked eye didn’t detect. I could see it was sort of long with lines down the sides and it was sorta coiled and squiggled – OH MY GOSH IT WAS A WORM!!!!!!! WHAT? A WORM!!!!! Yes I said the ugliest white worm I’ve ever seen. See my images below and notice the end and the lines down the side of it.
So now that I knew what it was I poked at it more and straightened it out and put it into a disposable container and called the vet. Oh now I thought, my poor sweet little boy has had this long worm inside him and Bunny Mama didn’t know. It was long like 4 or 5 inches long. Now Dino is a lazy little guy that sleeps most of the time. He eats like a pig but always has so nothing was really different with him. I was sorta in shock at what this was and I so wished I had taken more pics of the creepy thing.
So they both go to the vet because we were not sure which one had it and since Dino and Lucy are a bonded pair they both go everywhere together. As the vet looked at the worm she kept saying “Gross” about 5 times as she looked at it. She said she had never seen a whole tape worm in tact before. Yes she said it was a tape worm. They are rare in rabbits. My husband asked how he could have gotten it and said impossible to know but it could have been, the hay, in the wild weeds we pick and feed them, in the greens, in the corn cob (in their liter dishes) or even an ant with contaminated legs could have walked across the food plate in their room that caused it. So is was no easy answer on this so I would not know how to prevent it in the future. The vet did say to make sure you wash their greens really well wish I thought I did do well already.
Treatment is a series of 2 shots. One given that day to each bunny and then return in 10 days for another shot.
So Bunny Parents — this is why I always say to pay very close attention EVERY DAY to their poop for quantity, color, frequency and size an oh yeah look for worms too. (I am still grossed out).
Do not EVER hesitate to snap a pic of something strange or unusual with your bun to show your vet. If I hadn’t taken a pic of this thing, I would still be trying to figure out what it was.
Bunnies can get several different types of worms. Better to be on the look out for any of these. This is just a few websites on this topic as I could not find anything comprehensive and all encompassing so feel free to do your own research as there is not that much info on this out there. These links have pics which I find helpful.
Here are links to more info on worms in rabbits:
You can also see my poop Doctor’s page from the University Of Miami by clicking here as she does mention worms on her page.
GROSS BUT IMPORTANT TO BE AWARE OF…..
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