this common antibiotic is extremely toxic to rabbits.
rabbits can get a range of them including salmonella.
– rabbits need
lots of fresh water and ventilation in the summer since this can be fatal. They get over heated at 85 degrees.
Buns in the Sun
page for tips on keeping your rabbit cool!
Eating the Cecotrophes
like their fecal pellet, but has mucus covering it) is normal and healthy.
Okay, it’s disgusting for us humans to watch, but cecotrophes have
high level of vitamins and are redigested with more important nutrients.
See suggestion for a litter box for a rabbit recovering from
Scoop on Litter.
– Malocclusion. This
is when rabbits teeth are overgrown. Rabbit teeth grow
throughout their lives and on a yearly basis they can grow 4 to
5 inches. So the long fibers of hay are important for the
grinding action to keep their teeth worn down. However,
some rabbits may not have a normal wearing action when they chew
and develop a malocclusion. It can be severe enough to
keep them from eating and so the teeth will need to be trimmed
as needed. In severe case the teeth are removed. By
the way, do not try clipping the teeth yourself, they require
special scissors so the teeth do not crack.
– get the rabbit to a vet for
treatment You will
see crusty, inflamed inner ears.
This condition is easily
treated and even severe cases can clear up with proper
is a killer, my first rabbit, Groucho, passed away from this so I have firsthand
experience. It is a blockage or slowing of the digestive process so
food is not passing properly. Please see the following link for an excellent article by
Dana Krempels, GI Stasis, The Silent Killer
– this is
especially dangerous for rabbits because unlike a cat, rabbits cannot
vomit. Long-haired breeds are
particularly susceptible. A
constant supply of timothy hay is the most important food for rabbits to
help with proper digestion. Timothy hay is available at
farm and feed stores by the bale or in smaller amounts from pet
High Blood Calcium
– thick chalky urine is one sign of hypercalciuria.
It can become painful and cause kidney stones so it is important
to have a vet examine the rabbit.
The color of your rabbit’s urine is related to its diet so
don’t be alarmed if it is red after a lot of carrots.
– this can
lead to other complications. Skip the pellets and give
your rabbit a constant free supply of timothy hay and feed them leafy
greens low in calcium. Alfalfa hay and alfalfa pellets are very rich
and can put on the pounds. Timothy hay, timothy hay cubes and timothy hay
based pellets are available in pet stores and online at several suppliers.
– be sure they
aren’t chewing on painted objects or molding.
a rabbit has a very fragile backbone. If the rabbit is not
handled properly it can leap out of your arms and break it's back.
It can also break a leg by making contact with a hard surface when it is
struggling. If the rabbit injures its back, it can suffer paralysis
in one or both back legs. See a vet about this. A rabbit can
have a good life even as a disabled bunny and cart that are made for dogs
can be outfitted for rabbits. Euthanasia doesn't have
to be your last resort in this case.
– Pasteurella -
looks like they have a cold. and is treatable with antibiotics.
Take your rabbit to a vet immediately especially if you have more than
one rabbit. If you do, take them all since it is highly contagious.
– usually caused
from wire flooring in a cage or wet bedding or flooring.
don’t have food pads like dogs and cats.
Be sure the cage has a solid floor with hay or a towel over the
floor to give it a cushion. If your rabbit has a medical problem
and is urinating on it's hind legs and they are wet.... wash the urine
off. I have heard of bunny owners rubbing bag balm on the areas to keep the wet urine off the skin. I used
this on Groucho and it healed the urine scald sores and sore hocks
on another rescued rabbit. However,
if a rabbit is wetting his hind legs it means there maybe another more
serious medical problem so take him to the vet!
Spay or Neuter
before 2 years of age and preferably when they show signs of become
Most rabbit breeds are sexually mature at 4 to 6 months. This will avoid
medical problems later on and other behavior such as spraying urine,
territorial marking with feces and aggressiveness.
Too Many Rabbits page for information
on how to sex a rabbit and why to have them spayed and neutered.