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Rabbit Illnesses


Common And Serious Rabbit Illnesses That You May Need To Know About

Rabbit illnesses are much easier to spot if your bunnies are housed indoors, and the indoor life is also much safer and more comfortable for your rabbits, so it is suggested that bring them inside out of the elements where they can get all the attention and care that they need. That said, there are a few secrets to unearthing rabbit illnesses in your little friends and taking care of them before they have a chance to wreak havoc on his body. The first thing that we will talk about is poopy butt, and before you laugh, this is a very real and common illness which is actually a symptom of internal duress in your pet. You can determine this symptom by the presence of unbound and loose or runny stool were the perfect, firm pellets used to be.

With poopy butt rabbit illnesses, it is important that you not only monitor the eating and behavioral changes in your bunny, but that you help him to keep the rectal and abdominal areas clean. Some owners will even shave these areas on their tame rabbits in order to avoid diarrhea stuck to fur and possible skin irritations that can be caused when the feces is stuck to the fur and skin. Intestinal and digestive problems in your rabbit need to be checked out, diagnosed, and treated by your vet, as prolonged bouts with such issues can dehydrate and weaken him, sometimes to the point of death.

Another of the most serious rabbit illnesses that you may face is called head tilt. This is caused by a variety of different sicknesses, but is the result of deep equilibrium problems. This happens with ear infections or viral illnesses such as E cuniculi or EC. Your bunny will often suffer loss of balance, loss of appetite, and rolling eyes. The eyes may roll to the sides or to the back, and the head will be tilted because he has no sense of direction or control. This problem is curable, but you will need to take care of him right away. Your vet will most likely offer antibiotics for his recovery, along with some further brain and nervous system tests.

Definitely not the least severe of our rabbit illnesses is stasis, and this is a common term for the digestive tract malfunction in many animals. Any signs that your rabbit has stopped eating, and thus stopped relieving himself, will need to be followed up shortly and thoroughly with your vet. This could be a blockage, a flu, a tumor, or any number of problems that is causing your bunny pain and discomfort.