Don't think that your pet can't get sick. Animals get sick too sometimes even more often than people do. Rabbit diseases and illness like other animal sickness is not obvious, so it is often ignored. And since they can't tell you what exactly they feel you must be sensitive to the signs and symptoms observable to you when raising rabbits.
The main reason why you need to widen your gaze regarding rabbit illness is because they can lead to complications and even death. Pay close attention to your pet if you must!
1) Common Signs of Rabbit Illness
- Loss of Appetite: This is the most common sign that there is something wrong with your pet. No matter how enticing and attractive you make its food look like it just won't eat. In some cases if the rabbit is really sick it won't even take a small sip of water.
- Irritability: Irritability among animals is exhibited through running away when you want to pet or cuddle them. Sometimes this includes biting and screaming.
- Always Sleeping: A sick animal is always resting. You'll notice that it would rather sleep than eat or run around.
- Lack of Energy: You'll also notice that the rabbit does not hop around too much. It's either asleep or resting in one corner. It looks tired even though it's always sleeping.
- Fever: Animals with fever exhibit high temperature. You don't need to take a thermometer to check this. You will notice a rise in temperature when you pick the animal up. Its body is warmer or hotter than usual.
2) Dangerous Signs of Rabbit Illness
- Vomiting aside from loss of appetite. Look for signs that your rabbit vomited. Check out its hutch for anything. - No litter droppings and or Diarrhea - Seems in pain when hopping or refuses to hop around. - Swollen hind leg. This can be a serious sign of injury, which is indicative of fracture.
3) What you can do about it
First thing to do is give your rabbit some fluids. Rabbits are generally gentle creatures so you don't have to worry about biting and scratching. Use a dropper to so the rabbit won't be overwhelmed. Don't force your rabbit you might cause more harm to him than help. Let it rest while you observe for more signs of rabbit illness. Give it fluid from time to time. If this doesn't work don't wait for a few days before you take it to the vet. Take the rabbit to a pet clinic immediately especially if you noticed signs of injury. The vet will prescribe medications for your rabbit which you need to religiously give your bunny. Rabbit illness doesn't usually last long; it often takes about half a day or the whole day at most before it starts to eat again.
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