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Signs of Illness in Bunnies

February 15, 2018
Do you have a bunny? Floppy is a very cute and personable little pet! Just like any other animal, rabbits can get sick. Your pet can’t tell you if something is wrong, so it’s very important for you to watch for signs of trouble. In this article from Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cy-Fair pet clinic, a local vet lists some symptoms of illness in rabbits.

Unkempt Fur

Just like people, rabbits don’t always keep up with their usual beauty rituals when they are ill. If Floppy foregoes her usual grooming habits, her fur will soon show the neglect. Soiled, matted, greasy, or unkempt fur can all be indications that your pet isn’t feeling well. Hair loss can also be a warning sign, as can flaky, itchy, or irritated skin.

Strange Postures

Floppy may sit in a stiff or unusual position if she is sick. She may hunch over, or press her stomach into the floor.

Laying On Side

Sometimes bunnies rest on their sides when they are ill. However, this isn’t always a warning sign: some rabbits like to sleep that way.

Change In Appetite

A lack of appetite is often a red flag with our four-legged pals. If your bunny isn’t interested in dinner at all, she could be very ill! Your pet may also chew differently, drop food, or refuse anything other than her favorite foods if she doesn’t feel well. Increases or decreases in water intake can also be indicative of illness in rabbits.

Unusual Behavior

Grumpiness, withdrawal, and reduced interest in play can all be indicative of illness in our furry pals. Floppy may also limp, stagger, or move with an unusual gait. Lethargy is another sign of trouble.

Changes In Waste

Changes in the size, shape, amount, smell, color, or texture of your bunny’s waste can all be indicative of sickness. Diarrhea and constipation are also signs of trouble, and should be treated as medical emergencies.

Tooth Grinding

Tooth grinding is another sign of illness in bunnies. This is often a sign of pain.

Respiratory Issues

Coughing, wheezing, sneezing and difficulty breathing are all warning signs in our four-legged friends. Drool and/or discharge from the nose or mouth are also signs of trouble. Do you have questions about your bunny’s health or care? Contact Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cy-Fair pet clinic, anytime. We’re dedicated to providing excellent care.
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