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Signs of Illness

Are you're concerned your rabbit isn't feeling well? Do you want to take the proper actions to take the very best care of your pet? Or do you want to be prepared and know what to expect in the event that something does come up in the future? Throughout our site, you can find great information like general care best practices, what to feed your rabbit and health conditions to watch for

In addition, you might want to know what are the most common symptoms to be on the lookout for with your pet. Below are common signs and symptoms that your pet may exhibit and should immediately call your attention if you ever see them.

Common Signs of Illness

  • Abnormal or overly aggressive behavior (growling or biting)
  • Excessive teeth grinding
  • Chronic sneezing
  • Very hot or cold ears
  • Head tilt or loss of balance
  • Feet wounds, especially on the bottom
  • Drool or a wet chin (typically tooth problems)
  • Discharge from the eyes or nose
  • Breathing difficulties (struggling to breathe, heavy breathing or breathing faster than normal)
  • Not wanting to eat food or drink water
  • Dropping food from its mouth while trying to eat and chew properly
  • Lack of physical activity (especially if previously more active)
  • Feces or material buildup around the hindquarters
  • Changes in your rabbit's poop (diarrhea, smaller stool size)
  • Changes in your rabbit's urine (Color change, cloudiness, or bloody urine)
  • Excessive laziness, lack of energy, or depression
  • Losing a lot of weight without an apparent reason
  • Eating slowly or slower than usual
  • Lumps or unusual bumps
  • Crying or grunting while being handled or moving
  • Fur coat or skin that looks patchy, scaly, itchy, flaky, ragged, or irregular
  • Paralysis
  • Strange leaning or sitting position (usually to avoid pain or discomfort in a certain part of the body)
  • Not producing as many droppings as usual or no droppings at all
  • Eyes that look dim and dull, instead of bright and vital

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

To keep your rabbit healthy, happy and living for as long as possible, our best recommendation is to monitor your pet carefully, every day to be able to spot challenges as soon as they come up. In addition to your dedication and vigilance to keep your pet well taken care of, once or twice yearly exams with one of the trusted veterinarians at Northwood Animal Hospital are crucial to maximizing the life of your pet.

Click here to schedule your next rabbit's veterinarian appointment

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