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Signs That Your Rabbit is Sick

August 15 2018

Do you have a pet bunny? Floppy is a very adorable and endearing animal companion. Like any other pet, rabbits can get sick or injured, so it’s important for you to keep an eye out for signs of illness. As your Cedar Rapids, IA vet, I am happy to treat bunnies. I list some of the most common signs of illness in rabbits below.

Stiff Posture

If Floppy isn’t feeling well, she may sit in a stiff, hunched-over position. She may also press her tummy into the floor, or lay on her side. (Note: some bunnies just like to lay on their sides, so this alone may not be cause for concern, especially if it is something your pet does normally.) Limping is another indication that something is wrong with your cute little buddy.

Changes In Appetite

If there’s one thing all of our patients have in common, it’s a healthy appetite. An animal that just isn’t interested in food may be ill. A sudden increase in appetite can also be a sign of sickness, as can changes in Floppy’s drinking habits.

Unkempt Fur

Matted or greasy fur can also be a sign that Floppy isn’t feeling well. Your pet should have soft, clean fur. Bald patches are also symptomatic of problems, except during molts. Flaking or scaling are also red flags.

Changes in Waste

Keep a close eye out for any changes in the amount, color, texture, or smell of Floppy’s stools. Loose stools, for instance, are a red flag, and definitely warrant medical attention. Changes in your pet’s urine –such as traces of blood—are also warning signs that something isn’t right.

Abnormal Noises

Bunnies often grind their teeth when they don’t feel good. Unusual vocalizations, such as screaming, can also be indicative of pain.

Respiratory issues

Coughing, wheezing, or gasping are definitely signs that something is wrong. Flared nostrils, mouth breathing, and shortness of breath are all symptoms of illness.


Watch for signs of dental issues. Some common ones include drooling and a swollen mouth or face.

Behavioral Changes

Just like people, rabbits often withdraw when they don’t feel well. Floppy may also be uncharacteristically grumpy if she is ill.

If you see any of these symptoms in your bunny, contact me, your local Cedar Rapids, IA vet, right away. The sooner an issue is caught and treated, the better!