My Rabbit Is Eating But Losing Weight Or Having Other Health Issues
Written by The Rabbit Hole Hay Team
Your little bun has a sensitive immune system but unfortunately can’t use words to tell you that they are sick.
So what do you do when you think yourrabbit is sick? Do you know the signs to look for to know if something is wrong and need to take your rabbit to the vet?
Consult a Vet If Your Rabbit Is Eating But Losing Weight
If you see that your rabbit is losing weight, it is important to take your rabbit to see a vet.
Remember, a slight change in weight for your rabbit is very different for them than it is when we humans have a slight weight change. A rabbit losing weight can be a sign that they have cancer, parasites, kidney disease, an infection or more health issues. Even if your rabbit is eating but you notice that they are losing weight, call their vet immediately.
Consult a Vet If Your Rabbit Is Eating But Not Drinking Water
There could be different reasons outside of health concerns that your rabbit stopped drinking water. The taste of the water could have changed, your rabbit could be consuming enough water through the food that they eat, or something could be wrong with the water bottle or bowl itself. But when it comes to your rabbit, you should always error on the side of precaution. Consult your vet if she stops drinking to rule out a dental problem, infection of the mouth or other health issues.
Consult a Vet If Your Rabbit Is Eating But Not Pooping
This may sound extreme but you must take immediate action. Rabbits that aren’t pooping are in danger of dying. You must take them to the vet immediately. They could be suffering from GI Stasis, bladder stone or an infection. If your rabbit isn’t pooping at all, regardless if they are eating or not, call your vet.
Consult a Vet If Your Rabbit Won't Eat After Surgery
Your rabbit should consume some food the day after surgery. If this doesn’t happen, consult your vet. Your vet might want to see your rabbit to ensure that there isn’t anything going on, or they might consult you to force feed. It is crucial that your little bun starts eating again to prevent the digestive system to shut down.
As you can see, it is crucial that you are aware of your rabbit’s eating, drinking and pooping. Take note of any changes with as much detail as possible so you can give as much information as you can to your vet.
For other rabbit basics you should know, along with a list of common rabbit terms, what to put in your rabbit first aid kit, and more download our Rabbit Starter Kit!
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