A healthy rabbit will have lesser health issues as it ages. It’s important that we maintain a good diet for our rabbit and do not over pamper them. Obese rabbits will have higher chances of heart, liver, kidney and joint issues as they age.
As prey animal, rabbit hide their pain to prevent attacks from predators. Rabbit owners need to understand their rabbit’s habits and usual behaviors to ensure early signs are caught early. We will monitor our rabbits’ appetite to ensure they are drinking and eating as they always do. We will also ensure they are enthusiastic about their playtime and treats every day to know they are feeling well. A good rabbit owner should also monitor their rabbits’ stool and urine production to ensure their quantity and quality remain consistent. Any abnormalities such as smaller poo or cloudy pee should be monitored to ensure rabbit remains healthy.
Common health ailments in rabbits include dental diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, parasitic infection as well as bacterial infection in eyes, ears and skin. All the above issues require a veterinarian intervention and if the condition is serious, surgical treatments are necessary to save their lives.
Based on our experience, a rabbit will require IMMEDIATE veterinary attention if he/she displays any of the following critical signs:
1. No food or water intake for at least 8 hours
2. Enlarged or bloated abdomen
3. Blood in urine or stool
4. Open mouth breathing
5. Limping due to sprain or dislocation
6. Uncontrolled body movement such as spinning or seizure