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Visit your veterinarian if you notice any of the following signs in your rabbit:

  • Poor appetite
  • Abnormal droppings (decreased production, diarrhea)
  • Indications of pain (hunched posture, loud tooth grinding)
  • Abnormal intestinal sounds
  • Difficulty eating, slobbering
  • Overgrown teeth
  • Bald areas on fur
  • Dandruff or flaky skin
  • Lumps and bumps under the skin
  • Matted fur around the nose, eyes or inside front paws
  • Crusts or wax in the ears
  • Blood on the mouth, feet or genitalia
  • Noisy breathing, sneezing
  • Sores on the bottom of the feet
  • Listlessness
  • Head tilt
  • Swollen or tender abdomen

The single most important factor that causes disease conditions in rabbits is improper feeding. Visiting your exotic animal veterinarian for routine health checks and discussion of the appropriate diet will help prevent many diseases and support you in having a long, satisfying relationship with your rabbit. For help in finding a small mammal veterinarian in your area, contact the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians.


Credit: Used with permission of the Zoological Education Network.
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