Common Rabbit Illnesses Identified by Their Symptoms

No matter what kind of pet you have, illness is always a possibility. The trouble is, some animals are much better about displaying symptoms than others.

Because rabbits are a prey animal, they are very good at hiding their symptoms. That means you have to pay close attention to changes in behavior in order to identify these common bunny illnesses.

Heat stroke

Your local animal hospital will likely tell you that housing your rabbit outside is okay, but they will also tell you that you need to be careful. If it gets too hot, your pet could suffer from heat stroke.

If your bunny is feeling overheated, you might notice shallow and heavy breathing. Your pet may lose his appetite and become very lethargic. As the problem progresses, your rabbit’s gums may become pale and he might start drooling.

Urinary infection

Rabbits can develop a urinary tract infection for any number of reasons. Some bunnies are just more prone than others, so it’s always a good idea to keep an eye open for these symptoms.

You can keep an eye on urine color. If there’s a change, there could be a problem. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to observe. Instead, you should see if your pet has trouble urinating. If it seems difficult for him, a trip to the clinic is in order.

Dental malocclusion

Rabbit teeth continually grow. Not only can the teeth grow too long, they can also grow crooked, which can cause a wide variety of problems.

You don’t want to wait until your rabbit’s teeth are hanging out of his mouth before you attempt to solve the problem. Instead, keep a close eye on your pet’s weight. If he loses weight, seems disinterested in his food, or starts slobbering, he could have a dental problem.


If your rabbit interacts with other animals, or if he goes outside, he could end up with mites. They can make life uncomfortable for your furry friend.

Look out for changes in your rabbit’s skin. If his ear develops a crusty exterior, or if his skin develops dandruff and your pet starts itching, he could have mites.

No matter what the symptoms, if your rabbit is behaving differently, you should schedule an appointment with your animal hospital to diagnose the problem.


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