Is your rabbit ill?
Look out for these symptoms
When deciphering if your rabbit is sick, always remember that rabbits lie at the bottom of food chains, and in the wild, the weakest are the first ones to be preyed upon. Resultantly, rabbits innately tend to hide illnesses and injuries. While this may seem like a good survival tactic in the wild, for the domesticated ones, hiding symptoms only misleads caretakers, preventing prompt medical attention.
‘Normal’ behaviour in rabbits, however, cannot be specified. In general, rabbits mellow a bit with age. A three-month-old bunny might seem hyperactive compared to a more sedate five-year-old rabbit – different activity level, yet both considered normal.
Therefore, people who keep rabbits need to be particularly attentive to changes, subtle or blatant. We encourage you to observe your rabbit’s behaviour, activity level and droppings daily. Also, be sure to have good veterinarian contacts before your rabbit has the misfortune to fall ill. Quick help is of the essence, and ‘shopping’ for a vet isn’t practical.
Adapted from Pet Lovers Centre Magazine – Issue 11