Rabbits are prey animals and they are very good at hiding illnesses.
A rabbit with small or runny feces probably needs to see the vet. Be sure
you groom your rabbit especially when it sheds a lot. Fresh hay will
keep the GI track lining healthy. If your rabbit is hiding hunched over in
a corner, this is not normal behavior. If there is loss of appetite for more than
one day, call the vet. If it is more than eight hours, take the rabbit to emergency.
If the rabbit stops eating, it's digestion will stop, and the intestines will fill
with gas--the rabbit will die in short order.
If your rabbit head is tilted, it may be an inner ear infection. Be very careful
--it is often mistaken for a stroke. Get a second opinion if the vet says you
should euthanize your rabbit. If your rabbit displays these symptoms:
chronic sneezing, runny nose, labored breathing and runny eyes--those
are signs of allergies. Look out for loud tooth grinding--a sign of pain.
Rabbits are susceptible to cold. Rabbits can't tolerate hot temperatures,
Rabbits that live outside are sometimes subject to heat stroke.
Not all veterinarians have the specialized training that is required to treat rabbits.
You can find a veterinarian in your area that does have special expertise in rabbit
medicine by checking the House Rabbit Society's listing of recommended veterinarians.
Professional Pet Sitting Services offered in the Upper to Mid-Pinellas County Area