Is My Bunny Sick? 5 Signs It's Time to Go to the Vet
5 Signs Your Rabbit Is Sick
Because bunnies are quite different from other animals, it can sometimes be hard to tell whether they are sick or not. Here are five signs to look for that may indicate that your rabbit is not feeling well.
Please note that if you think your bunny is sick for any reason you should take it to the veterinarian. Too many rabbits die because people ignore their sickness until it is too late. If you do not think you can afford the occasional vet bill, then you should not get a rabbit, as they need health care, just like any other pet.
1. Not Eating
Whilst humans and lots of other animals can go for a rather long time without eating, it is not at all safe for rabbits to stop eating. Rabbits have a special type of digestive system which must be kept moving. If a bunny's digestive system stops moving, then the bunny can die very quickly. For this reason, if your bunny stops eating for more than a day, you should take it to the vet as quickly as possible.
2. No Urine or Droppings
If the bunny stops urinating and pooing, then you should take it to the veterinarian. Lack of poo can suggest a blockage in the gut, perhaps a fur blockage, or some other material if your bunny eats cardboard or carpet or other indigestible things that can get caught in its guts. Bunnies die very quickly from blockages, so it is very important that you take your rabbit to the vet quickly.
3. Bare Patches of Skin
Bare, itchy patches of skin might indicate mites, which irritate the skin and cause the fur to fall away, revealing red scaly skin. This is different from a moult, in which a rabbit's skin may sometimes be exposed, but in the case of a moult, the rabbit will not be itchy, and the skin will be a healthy tone and smooth texture. If your rabbit has skin irritation, you should consult your vet.
4. Runny Eyes or Runny Nose
A rabbit with runny eyes or a runny nose should be observed carefully. If it does not clear up, and the bunny loses its energy and starts looking sick and unwell all over, then take your rabbit to the vet, as it may have an infection just as people sometimes do.
5. Red or Orange Urine
Sometimes rabbits have red or orange urine. This can happen if they have had too many carrots. Normally this is nothing to worry about, but if your rabbit seems sick in other ways, or if it does not clear up in a few days, you should think about getting bunny to the animal doctor.
When Should I Go to the Vet?
If you think your bunny is sick, even if you don't spot any of the signs discussed above, you should take it to the veterinarian as soon as possible. Trust your instincts!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.