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Signs of health problems in rabbits


Like any other pet and rabbits may have at some point need emergency medical treatment. A disease or a stroke may require immediate intervention, even before the animal be examined by a veterinarian. Sudden onset of health problems can scare the rabbit bad enough on its owner. It is usually difficult to think clearly in such moments. If you notice that your rabbit needs immediate medical help it is best to remain calm and provide your phone number or address of the nearest veterinarian.

It is important to always be prepared for an emergency situation and managed to identify potential health problems of the rabbit. The following is a list of several symptoms that can indicate that the rabbit is suffering and that immediate intervention is essential.

Blood in urine

Blood in urine is a sign of serious disease. Among the causes of this disease include blood in the urine of the uterus, kidney stones, bladder cancer or trauma to the bladder. If blood is removed separately, at the end of urination, then you probably suffer from a problem in the female uterus. Excessive blood loss is a sign of disease can be fatal. Urination with blood should be mentioned veterinarian immediately, especially if the rabbit seems to be a major effort to urinate, remove often seems weak or depressed. Normally a rabbit urine color varies from yellow to orange, depending on the pigments produced in the bladder and plants eaten by rodent. Blood in the urine is clear red. If in doubt about their rabbit urine color, take a sample and go to the veterinarian to evaluate it.


As a result of diarrhea, stools rabbits are liquid and may contain traces of blood. This health problem is often caused by a serious disorder of the gastrointestinal tract of the animal. In addition to diarrhea, dehydration and the animal will enter into shock. If your rabbit has diarrhea, do not attempt to treat yourself. Go to the rodent as a veterinarian quickly. Rabbits can partially remove and soft chairs. And these are signs of digestive problems, but not a medical emergency that is caused usually by changing their diet.

Excessive drooling

Dental problems are the most common cause of excess salivarii. If rabbit drooling due to teeth problems, pain and means that have to be consulted as soon as a veterinarian. Salivarii excessive signs are: loss of appetite, weight loss and fur is constantly wet around the mouth and throat. Excessive drooling can be caused by certain types of poisoning and if this problem is accompanied by a poor general state of emergency must go with the rabbit to the veterinarian.


The head is bent to one side

If your rabbit keeps her head bent to one side, and may suffer from an ear infection, being hit in the head or brain is a problem caused by an infection, or other parasitic disease. It is essential that animal to be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.


Rabbits are prone to hyperthermia and can tolerate very low temperatures more easily than those very high. A day can be warm and wet enough to cause hyperthermia rabbit attack. Signs of hyperthermia include shortness of breath, severe lethargy and a high body temperature (normal temperature of a rabbit is about 39 degrees Celsius). If your rabbit has been exposed to high temperatures and do you think suffer from hyperthermia, immediately take your pet in a cool area, wrap her ears in a damp towel and go immediately to a veterinarian rodent.


If your rabbit has not eliminated at all in the last 24 hours, will need emergency medical intervention. The most common cause of this problem is complete or partial obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract. Also, chronic problems of motility (contraction and relaxation movements of the intestines) may result in constipation. If, in addition to lack of seats, notice that the rabbit is bloated abdomen (belly may be hard or not, as if filled with a liquid), rodent teeth constantly gather, is about lost, stay in crouched position, loses appetite or refuse to move, then you must take your pet to a veterinarian immediately. This kind of problems can be fatal within 48 hours if left untreated. In case of intestinal obstruction, most likely, the rabbit will be subjected to surgery.


If a rabbit feels pain, should be taken immediately to a veterinarian to be identified because of suffering. Signs of pain are: depression, excessive salivation, teeth constant shaking, insomnia, lost appetite, breathing fast or slow, refusing to move, permanently curled body position, unexplained aggression, strange body positions. If your rabbit can not stand, do not force it. Instead, put it more comfortable on a blanket or a towel and take him to a veterinary emergency.