Rabbits are a great first pet for you or your child. Comparatively low maintenance and quiet, rabbits don’t offer the same kinds of challenges as cats and dogs. However, rabbits still have health concerns that may warrant a veterinarian’s attention.
If your rabbit displays any of the following health issues, start seeking out qualified Dallas veterinarians right away.
1. Gastrointestinal Stasis
One common issue among pet rabbits is gastrointestinal stasis. Rabbits with this condition stop eating and drinking because their gastrointestinal tract has shut down. If left untreated, rabbits will starve to death.
Contact a vet if your rabbit doesn’t eat or drink anything for four to six hours, or if your rabbit displays any abnormal eating patterns.
2. Head Tilt
Some rabbits get what is called “head tilt.” If you notice your rabbit’s head tilting to the left or right, contact a vet immediately. This could be indicative of an inner ear infection or other viruses, including e. cuniculi or pasteurella.
Other symptoms include eye rolling, lack of balance, listlessness, straining to urinate, and drinking too frequently. The vet will take blood samples to provide a more accurate diagnosis and full treatment plan.
Rabbits can also get fleas and parasites like coccidian. Signs include loss of appetite, diarrhea, bloating, and loss of hair. Sometimes, your rabbit won’t display any symptoms. In this case, you can test your rabbit’s feces. If the feces floats, take your rabbit to the vet for a full diagnosis.
Some pet owners who suspect their rabbit has fleas or other parasites assume it’s okay to use dog or cat medication on their rabbit. This is not the case. Flea or mite dips for other animals can be fatal to rabbits. Instead, take your rabbit to the vet for eco-safe, natural injections and oral treatments.
Finding a Veterinarian
While seeking out Dallas veterinarians, be sure to ask if that particular veterinarian treats rabbits. In some areas, rabbits are considered “exotic” and not all animal doctors will know how to treat your pet.
Above all, make sure your veterinarian is qualified and has good reviews from pet owners.
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