Rabbits that suffer from constipation have hard feces that are difficult to expel. Constipation is quite common during periods of molting or heavy shedding. Hairs that are ingested during self-grooming can sometimes form blockages along the digestive tract. Brushing your pet rabbit will remove more hair before they can be ingested. Constipation can also be prevented by giving a correct diet that is composed of 80% hay. Rabbits need fiber to keep their digestive tract running smoothly.
When a rabbit is constipated, they may stop eating and their bodies are usually hunched up. Their stomach is swollen and they have fewer or no droppings at all.
Rabbits suffering from constipation needs to be seen by a veterinarian immediately. Mild constipation can be addressed with minimal doses of olive oil given orally.
It is also a good idea to minimize giving pellets while offering more hay and fresh veggies to your pet rabbit. Make sure that fresh clean water is always available. Engaging in physical activity should also be encouraged. Visit your vet for Animal Health Tips.