Digestive problems are a common medical hitch among rabbits. Once you recognize the symptoms it is wise to take them for treatment.
Diarrhea can be as deadly to rabbits as it is to human beings. It is advisable therefore to take your pet to the vet as soon as you notice the problem. Rabbits have different kinds of diarrhea that may be easy to identify or not so clear.
There is the runny and foul smelling type that is quite messy. This type needs immediate attention as a lot of liquids exit the body faster than the liquids consumed.
Diarrhea may also be characterized by normal droppings, however when you touch the droppings they flatten instead of the normal crushing. If you ever had diarrhea you must have heard the constant growling sound that came out of your tummy.
The same should be heard from the rabbit. You may also notice that the rabbit stops emitting droppings and they may be smaller than usual. All the above arises from digestive problems.
Cedar and pine shavings
Rabbits are also allergic to cedar and pine shavings. The scent that is emitted as a result of these shavings contains certain substances that are harmful to them.
Their respiratory system may be damaged. We are also looking at the gradual failure of the liver as a result of the shavings. It’s strange how such can threaten the life of a delicate creature such as that of a rabbit. Well at least now you know what not to use when you are building its habitat.
Hairballs are also a common medical concern. It is natural for rabbits to shed their hair of in three months intervals. It is part of their nature to swallow this hair, but it only further disturbs their digestive system.
It is very important to brush your rabbit so you can remove all the loose hair thus discouraging them to swallow any of its hair.
Suppose that he does swallow then what? You will need to supply them with something rich in fiber.
The fiber helps ease the passage of the hair through the digestive system. Feeding them with hay everyday will give them the fiber that they need in their bodies.
Rabbits can be infected by bacteria. The symptoms are similar to the ones children often encounter when they have a fever, a temperature above the normal and a runny nose or infected eye.
The immune system of the rabbit is so fragile that a bacterial infection can cost its life, which is why it is important to keep a look out for symptoms so that you will be able to take it in time for treatment.
Knowledge is power. Now that you know let’s try reduce the death toll of pet rabbits.