Rabbit Health Problems

Rabbit Health Problems

When your rabbit is ill, you try to get a cure fast. You might not know your pal is sick because Rabbits are prey animals that instinctively hide signs of illness. This makes getting quick medication more important when you notice signs of illness.


How To Know Your Rabbit Is Sick

As an owner, you understand that your rabbit faces as many health threats as you do but it can’t go to a doctor or tell anyone about feeling sick. Below is a list that generalizes some of the common ones.

  • A change in the quantity of food eaten or the water they drink.
  • When there is abnormal wetness or discharge (this is not limited to bleeding) from any part of the body
  • When it sneezes or there are changes in its breathing
  • When there is a change in its movement (moving less, favouring a limb, etc.)


Rabbit Health Problems

Snuffles (pasteurellosis):

This is a popular respiratory disease caused by the bacteria Pasteurella multocida. It is spread through contact or inhalation, and it is typically considered that all rabbits are endangered by it in their lifetime. Stress triggers this illness.

Symptoms of snuffles include sneezing, congestion, pinkeye, tearing of the eye, and discharge which could cause matted fur on the legs when the rabbit wipes it with its paws.

Some Antibiotics and other medications from Scarlet Rabbit Healthcare would help quell the infection, although the condition can become chronic.


Dental Problems

The way it is important to take care of your teeth is the same way it is for your rabbit's teeth. Lack of care for your rabbit's teeth can easily lead to poor health in its mouth and body. Tooth problems are common in rabbits.  The overgrowth of your rabbit's teeth can also become a serious problem that can interfere with its eating. Misalignment of the teeth makes chewing painful and difficult.

Signs of dental troubles include drooling and matted fur on the legs but be aware of any changes to your rabbit’s behaviour or appearance that could signal a problem.

Check out some of our Scarlet Rabbit Cleaning


Wry Neck

This condition is also known as torticollisor or vestibular disease. A rabbit suffering from it would keep tilting its head to one side. The degree of rotation could be minor or severe. Causes of the wry neck include infestation, lead poisoning, ear infection, and cancer. Depending on the cause, some rabbits return to normal if they receive treatment quickly from a rabbit-savvy veterinarian.



These parasites include fleas, mites, ticks, worms, ear mites, fur mites, protozoa, and other parasites. Medication for any parasites should constantly be done after discussion with a rabbit-savvy veterinarian.

Please note that all remedies that are safe for your other house pets are safe for your rabbit.



 Traumas include getting stepped on, getting caught in a closing door, falling from a high place, suffering from a burn or electrocution, hitting an eye against something sharp, and many more.



This may occur as a result of obvious things like cleaning products and pesticides to not so noticeable things like dropped medications and toxic houseplants.


How to prevent your Rabbit from falling sick

  1. Keep your rabbit’s home clean
  2. Feed it a proper diet
  3. Rabbit proof your surroundings
  4. Ensure your rabbits undergo Spay/neuter surgery to eliminate  behavioural problems and future reproductive health ailments
  5. Interact more with your rabbit
  6. Ensure you annually take your rabbit for checkups

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