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When you bring home a new pet, it is recommended that your rabbit has its own living space for the first few weeks if you plan to add him or her to the rabbits or other pets you already have. This give you time to make sure your rabbit doesn't have any illness. Sometimes you wont see an illness until you bring your rabbit home
Search for a veterinary clinic around you that specializes in rabbits & exotic animals. Not all veterinarians specialize in rabbits and may only know the basics about them. Experienced breeders and your local Pet Store can help you find a veterinarian right for you and also let you know about any rabbit clubs in your area.
Common mistakes that can lead to illness:
Too much or too little food
Lack of water
Sudden changes in foods
Dry Heat (kills more rabbits than diseases)
Unsanitary cage conditions
Stress from commotion and noise
Lack of care
There are some warning signs that can tell you if your rabbit is ill. Observe your rabbit's behavior. Take note if he is eating and playing regularly.
Symptoms to watch out for are:
Not as playful
Lifeless and still, & with no interest in doing anything
Does not come to you as usual to greet you
Isn't eating normally
Severe pain (rabbit may grind his teeth)
Feces is watery like diarrhea, foul smelling or mixed with blood
Body temperature Normal Range is 101.3- 103.1ºF (38.5-39.5ºC)
Seek immediate Veterinary Care if you believe your rabbit is ill.
If your rabbit has mild diarrhea but is still playful and in high spirits, stop feeding him fresh foods or greens and only feed him hay. Clean his cage out accordingly
If your rabbit appears to be constipated, make sure your rabbit has water and greens to eat. If he has been constipated for an extended period of time and appears bloated, you should take him to your veterinarian.
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