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by Andrea Austin
Moreover, be vigilant in checking the site of the surgery itself (the incision). If you notice anything unusual, such as discharge, bleeding, or swelling, call your vet.
There are many types of bacteria your rabbit may be exposed to, but the infections that result can often be easily treated if caught early on. It is therefore crucial to know what the symptoms are.
Pasteurella, also known as Snuffles, is a common and dangerous infection for rabbits. It is common because the organism that triggers is it something most rabbits get exposed to at some point in their lives. It is nicknamed snuffles because it causes runny discharge from the nose.
Other infections may be indicated if your rabbit has runny or watery discharge from the eyes or nose. Coughing is a rare symptom, so if you hear it, call your vet. Also, if your rabbit seems hotter than usual, that can signal infection.
Vets can often prescribe antibiotics that will wipe out the bacteria that caused the infection in the first place.
One common and easily avoidable problem in rabbits is something called bacterial dermatitis, or sore hocks. This occurs most frequently when a rabbit is kept in a wire cage where the floor is not properly covered. Continual contact of the rabbits feet and body with the wires can irritate the skin, triggering infection. If this occurs to your pet, the vet can prescribe antibiotics. In future, switch to a cage with a solid floor or cover the wires with hay to avoid a recurrence.
Rabbits are prone to the following types of internal parasites: tape worm larvae, whipworms, pin worms, and others. Your pet may be suffering from parasites if you notice the following symptoms: poor hair growth; weight loss despite maintenance of ordinary eating habits; visible parasites or parasite eggs, especially around the anal region or in the droppings; diarrhea. If you suspect parasites, consult your vet, who will examine the pet and determine an appropriate course of treatment.
E. cuniculi is a common parasite that is quite widespread among rabbits. Unlike other parasites, it can be present without causing any obvious problems throughout a rabbits life. Moreover, drugs have never been clinically proven to improve E. cuniculi. However, there are some treatment options, so discuss with your vet if necessary.
A diet without enough fiber or with too much fat can cause something called G.I. stasis. This basically involves a slow down or shutdown in the intestinal tract, making your rabbit refuse to consume any food or water. This can be fatal, as it may cause the rabbit to starve to death.
Prevent G.I. stasis by feeding your bunny a healthy diet full of fiber, without too much fat or protein.
I have already mentioned how important good grooming is, to keep your pets coat healthy and to prevent hairballs and matting. Its also important to make sure your rabbit is clean to prevent the occurrence of a dangerous medical condition known as fly strike.
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