Signs of Sickness in Bunnies

Do you have a pet bunny? If so, you’ve chosen an adorable furry friend! Bunnies can make wonderful pets. It isn’t always easy to tell if Floppy isn’t feeling well, however, so as a responsible bunny parent, you’ll need to know what to watch out for. In this article from All About Animals Veterinary Services, serving the Villa Rica Area, GA area, a local vet lists some common signs of sickness in bunnies.

Reduced Appetite

A lack of appetite is a definite red flag. If Floppy doesn’t seem interested in eating dinner, is eating more slowly than usual, or is dropping food from her mouth, she could be sick.

Teeth Grinding

Many bunnies grind their teeth when they are sick or in pain. If you notice your cute pet doing this, contact your vet right away!

Appearance

Healthy bunnies have soft, clean fur and clear, bright eyes. If your pet is sick, she may have dirty, unkempt, fur, and/or feces stuck to her bottom. Red, sunken, or dull eyes are more warning signs. Dirty fur on the inside of Floppy’s paws is another red flag, as is discharge from the eyes, nose, or mouth.

Posture

Floppy may sit or stand in a stiff, hunched-over position if she isn’t feeling well. Sick bunnies also often act lethargic. If your pet looks listless, or is sitting in an unusual way, such as facing the corner of her cage, she may be ill. Your bunny may also tilt her head, or seem dizzy or off-balance, if she is sick.

Changes in Waste

Diarrhea is a definite red flag in bunnies. A reduction in the amount of Floppy’s waste can also be a sign of sickness in rabbits.

Behavior

Just like people, bunnies often get a bit cranky when they don’t feel well. If Floppy is acting aggressive, or protests when you try to move her, she may be sick.

Other Symptoms

These are just a few of the common signs of sickness in bunnies. Some others include rapid breathing, weight loss, hiding, and unusual behavior. Call your vet immediately if Floppy has any of these symptoms, or just isn’t acting like herself.

If your bunny has any of these symptoms, please contact us here at All About Animals Veterinary Services, serving the Villa Rica, GA area, immediately. We are here to provide your pet with excellent veterinary care!

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