People have their own preference when it comes to pets. I know of many who own a cat or a dog because they are among the most popular pets around. Aside from these two animals, different bunny breeds such as lionhead bunnies are also gaining in popularity as pets. They are just too cute and hard to resist if you are an animal lover.
When I can, I would also love to own a bunny. Bunnies or rabbits are not very difficult to care for. However, it is important to note that these animals may suffer from certain health problems which need your attention. As an owner, you should have some idea about the general health concerns of bunnies so that you can effectively deal with them if you have to.
Rabbits can suffer from a wide range of diseases, some of which can be treated at home, while others need immediate veterinary attention. Below are some signs of alarm that should tell you to bring your pet to the vet immediately:
- Inability to eat, drink, urinate or defecate
- Blood in the urine
- Frequent drinking or urination
- Loss of coordination and inability to move
- Head tilting
- Teeth grinding which often comes with dull eyes and uncomfortable posture
If your rabbit manifests any of the above symptoms, they may be suffering from a serious condition that warrants immediate attention and treatment by a professional.
Bunny Health Monitoring
Below are simple ways on how you can monitor the general health of your pet bunny:
- Monitor the temperature.
If you own a rabbit, it would be good to have a reliable rectal temperature gauge that you could use whenever you have doubts that your rabbit is feeling well. Bunnies have a normal body temperature between 101 and 103 degrees Fahrenheit. Readings over or under this temperature range may indicate that something is wrong with your pet.
- Check bunny urine from time to time.
Abnormalities in the urine of your pet can also signify certain health issues. Bunnies generally have clear, yellowish or brownish urine in color, depending on their diet. If your pet’s urine has a sudden change in color even if there was no change in its diet, it should be a cause for concern. Also watch out for milky urine that occurs frequently or urine that is sludgy and thick as it can also be a sign of certain health issues.
- Watch out for the following serious diseases which commonly affect bunnies:
- Inner ear infection – An infection in the inner ear is something that you cannot treat at home. This condition is normally characterized by head tilting. The best course of action for this condition is to bring your pet to the vet for diagnosis and treatment.
- Upper respiratory infection (URI) – If your pet frequently sneezes with some difficulty in breathing and has discharges coming from its eyes and nose, it could be a case of URI which is another problem that can only be treated with the help of your vet.
- Gastrointestinal stasis – Common symptoms of this condition is your pet’s inability to eat for several hours or changes in its eating habit. Your vet can help treat this problem.
Bunnies can be the sweetest and most cuddly pet you could have. That is why they also deserve and need adequate attention when it comes to maintaining good health. This guide should help bunny lovers keep their pets in a healthy condition.