Metabolic disorders such as organ failure or disorders associated with cancer can also bring this type of weight loss. Loss of weight and muscle in rabbits is often a symptom of a chronic underlying disease or condition. These can include increased metabolism. Weight loss can occur in rabbits, but when they lose 10 percent or more of their normal body weight it becomes a major concern -- no longer an issue of decrease in fluid weight. I’m extremely worried and concerned about them, I have separated them from the others so they don’t steal their food, and still nothing has changed and no weight gain. However, like every cycle has an end, so does the life of a rabbit. For a successful weight loss, the rabbit food must be examined and adjusted accordingly. Owners that are concerned should consult the veterinarian. thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!! Fluid therapy may be given to prevent dehydration and rehydrate gastrointestinal contents. Just like dogs and cats, rabbits can suffer from parasite infestation. This page will primarily refer to paralysis and/or paresis of the hind legs as this is the most common form of paralysis in rabbits. Could she have had an underlying condition or was it GUt statsis?? His age is unknown (had to pick a number). Thumper usually is really hyper, eats and drinks a lot, and a really happy bunny. Her diet and environment have been the same for the past year, so that's not really a factor. If this happens, the rabbit loses its appetite, loses weight, and dies within 3 to 4 weeks. And can even die after some weeks. The hair becomes a problem only if too much is consumed or if it builds up in the stomach and causes a blockage (commonly called a hairball). Also please be sure he's well hydrated. The causal agent, Listeria monocytogenes , spreads via the blood to the liver, spleen, and gravid uterus. Rabbits should remain roughly the same weight throughout their adult years. In all cases, it is important to provide the animal with healthy feed. The vet said tear ducts are clear, no ulcer in eye, stomach felt fine, gave Panacur, but without doing a test first. Distension or abnormal bloating in the intestinal area around the stomach, Masses or foreign bodies present when touching (or palpating) the abdomen, Dental diseases which can make eating difficult, Dietary causes, including too little food or poor quality food, Central nervous system disorders that can contribute to anorexia or similar disorders, Neuromuscular diseases and pain (e.g., degenerative joint disease), Spinal problems (e.g., spinal fractures or dislocations). It is always good to know the causes of sudden death in rabbits so that it can be prevented. I think shes also been clenching her jaw and maybe grinding her teeth a couple that I've seen? Your rabbit may be need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment. she was wormed with panacur a couple of months ago. Overactive thyroid. Is marbocare safe for rabbits ?rabbut has been given marbocare for infection and I don’t no much about the meds and I don’t want him to have it if could harm him. Seizures in rabbits are an uncommon occurrence, caused by abnormal neuronal hyperactivity. Rabbits pick up As rabbits are social animals your pet may benefit from having another cage mate. Ive not heard any noise but it just looked like she was chewing nothing. Partial or slight paralysis that does not involve a complete loss of use is called paresis. As the reason for weight loss is usually pain associated with an underlying health condition you may notice other signs of pain such as tooth grinding, hunching, depression and a reluctance to be stroked. The prognosis for a pet suffering from loss of weight can be good to guarded depending on how quickly treatment was sought and the underlying condition. I would take him to the vet, but there are no vets near where I live that deals with rabbits. Dietary Requirements of Rabbits Protein Fat Fiber ... Five different types of mite can infest rabbits leading to scratching, hair loss, head shaking, and sometimes severe self inflicted skin damage. If there is a dental problem, adjusting the teeth, or even removing them may be necessary. My rabbits Gizmo and Oreo had an unexpected litter of 5, 3 of which are healthy weights and very active, where as 2 of them are very skinny, with spines very easy to feel and not very active at all. This state of poor health is usually referred to as cachexia, and it requires immediate medical attention. Feeding Rabbits through their stages of development. Parasitic infestation, congestive heart failure, and environment are just a few of the causes for this condition. They are known for causing diarrhea, appetite loss, and loss of energy. Sadly we don't have exotic vets in my area. Clinical signs are variable and nonspecific and include anorexia, depression, and weight loss. These can be generalized with loss of consciousness and signs affecting the entire body or partial, which affect the motor activity while the pet is conscious. Other EC-infected rabbits may have poor appetite, weight loss or lethargy. Please can someone help me, I’m so scared of losing them! I feel awful as I should have brought her in the night before vets I don’t under stand why she went down so quick. We have raised netherland dwarfs for many years and have seen many causes of sudden death in rabbits. Rabbits need to be fed differently at different stages of their growth to ensure rabbit healthy development, digestion, and weight. I just don't know what's going on. However, the veterinarian will probably treat any symptoms shown by the rabbit, including pain relief for cancers or electrolyte replacement for animals suffering from dehydration and fluid loss. Hairballs are rarely visible on x-ray images. Also, the average age span of a healthy rabbit is known to be between 9-12 years of age. When performing a clinical examination your veterinarian will pay close attention to the following: Your veterinarian may choose to do following diagnostic tests: Your rabbit’s treatment will depend on the underlying condition that is causing the weight loss. Due to many reasons, rabbits don’t survive for a long time. As weight loss is often associated with pain your pet may be given NSAIDs or opioids for pain relief. Rabbits can deteriorate very quickly from gut stasis, and that may have been what caused her death. This will be the case if this animal has watery eyes and you need to keenly check if the problem is watery eyes or nasal dischar… For example, the animal's body may start using lean muscle for energy in order to carry out its daily functions. This causes lethargy, decreased appetite, weight loss, and diarrhea or constipation. When I came home from school yesterday, I went to go feed him then I noticed that he was not has hyper has usual and he didn't drink the water I put out for him before school. The most common underlying conditions that cause weight loss are dental disease, respiratory infections and chronic age-related conditions such as renal failure and arthritis. My cousin got Thumper when he was 2 months old and gave him to me when he was 6 months old. However, rabbits can have a good quality of life even after they have a heart attack. However, general signs will include thinness or a reduced size and appearance. But, there may be certain cases, where the rabbit may witness a sudden death. Let's start by explaining what can happen when a rabbit is exposed to the E. cuniculi organism. Coccidia, cryptosporidium, and worms are internal parasites that can cause weight loss in rabbits. This was 10 days ago and he has not improved. Weight loss can result from a reduction in muscle mass, often due to inadequate exercise caused by decreased mobility, lethargy, pain when moving, or because the rabbit is caged too much of the time. › Forum › HOUSE RABBIT Q & A › Sudden weight loss??? He is on a healthy diet. She also has a best buddy that she lives with so is as happy and content as she would be otherwise. If your rabbit is suffering from dental disorders he may require corrective dental treatment under general anesthetic. For chronic conditions such as congestive heart failure or renal disease on-going medication may be given to support these systems and improve your pet’s life quality. Although not all the conditions that lead to weight loss can be cured, many are able to be effectively managed, improving life quality for your pet. This will not cure the condition, but will help stabilize the animal. Dental diseases which can make eating difficult 2. There are many different causes for weight loss and cachexia in rabbits. Throughout a rabbit’s life, avoid any sudden changes in diet; new foods always be introduced gradually. she was 1.7kg, the next day 1.5kg and now 2 days later 1.39kg. A maximum of ¼ cup of pellets per 5 lbs. The goal is to help your rabbit steadily lose a little weight at a time until they have reached their ideal weight. Other signs and symptoms may include: There are many different causes for cachexia (and weight loss) in rabbits. Tooth problems are common in rabbits and often first occur at about the age of your rabbit. ... Abnormal tooth growth results in inability to eat properly causing weight loss and malnutrition. I am sorry for your loss, and you did take her in when you thought you needed to. Your pet will be encouraged to have fluids orally but may also be given intravenous or subcutaneous fluid therapy. Marbocare has not been specifically tested or labelled for rabbits, but is quite commonly used in them. may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Recently though she has been losing weight, I noticed blood in her urine one time and her water and pellets are on the second level of her cage and it took her 3 tries to get up there. The onset is rapid. For chronic health conditions it is important that you discuss a long-term pain management plan with your veterinarian to alleviate your pet’s discomfort and support nutrition. she has been to the vets multiple times since I noticed she wasn't herself and her teeth have been checked and are clear and she has been on gut stimulants, pain relief, anti inflammatory meds, even had a fluid injection at the vets and now she has developed eye discharge which is being treated with eye drops and antibiotics. *Wag! She was fine then she became quiet last few days so took her for check up . she is still losing weight. This can cause weight loss, too. If they’re suddenly losing weight, it’s due to a problem with their care or health. Thank you . She HATES when I clip her nails and I haven't done it in a while because it really stresses her out so maybe that's part of it. Also, frequent monitoring or follow-ups is dependent on the condition's cause and overall health of the rabbit. of body weight is recommended. Other symptoms vary depending on the cause of weight loss. She did get sick with EC about two years ago which caused her to lose weight and drink excessive amounts of water. Eyegel doesn't help either. These can be caught from eating grass outdoors. What would you test for in this situation? The most susceptible are small rabbits and weanlings. Yersiniosis: Pseudotuberculosis, caused by the bacterium Yersinia pseudotuberculosis, sometimes occurs in rabbits with generalized, non-specific symptoms such as weight loss. Difficulties with the front teeth are often visible when you open the rabbit's mouth. In some cases, the heart may be damaged from the EC-infection causing a reluctance to exercise, rapid breathing when he does hop around, and spending a lot of time resting or sleeping. for a full explanation of all the things that can cause dental problems in rabbits. Finally, when she came out I noticed how visibly thin she was. In cases of weight loss, the first symptom is usually a noticeably lighter pet. happy new year!! Here are a few things to consider. To make a proper diagnosis, the veterinarian will first determine the animal's diet. I picked him up and he was cold to the touch, so I held him in my arms close to my chest to keep him warm. Little bit to late taking her I guess tho . Regardless of the cause, your baby bunny with diarrhea should be taken to the vet immediately! She may ask questions to determine a history for your pet; these questions may include the speed of weight loss, possible access to toxins, recent social changes, and other symptoms. Many are preventable or treatable with correct care. Taking my nethie to the vet tomorrow, but hoping to get some info as to what might bw going on before then. Although weight loss and cachexia share the common symptoms of weight loss, diagnostically they are different in the respect that simple weight loss may be resolved by feeding the rabbit more calories, where cachexia is a loss of weight that often cannot be resolved with nutritional remedies. Finally, they will run various tests, including X-rays, to rule out any organ and neuromuscular problems, masses or cancers. If your veterinarian suspects that stress was the cause, it is important to adjust your pet’s environment to reduce or completely eliminate the stressor. The symptoms include white spots in the eye, darting eye, loss of appetite, lack of balance, rolling or lying on its side, epileptic type fits, head tilt, urinary incontinence, hind limb paralysis, weight loss. These parasites can cause liver failure and even death if they are not treated. Your rabbit may struggle to breathe, lose weight, or have deteriorating coordination. To make the correct diagnosis, you should have your doctor examine your rabbit. Rabbit Parasites. Also, make sure you reduce the volume of pelleted foods when dealing with an overweight rabbit. The vet checked him over.He also has watery discharge from his eye and nose. I will call my vet! These can include increased metabolism. Remember, your rabbits are not as powerful as you and they also don’t eat food as much as you do. Weight Loss If your rabbit is losing weight then it could mean his diet is not providing enough energy and his body is using up stored energy to compensate. Placing hay bins and litter boxes in several locations may also stimulate more activity. She has, however, been weeing a little and defecating everywhere the past couple of weeks... this is not normal for her. I am going back to the vet and will ask for a blood test and poop test and also to check his ears. Sudden weight loss in rabbits is concerning and may be due to a variety of different conditions which may include dental disorders, gastrointestinal disorders among other issues; without examining Daisy I cannot say what the specific cause is, however your Veterinarian will complete a thorough examination and will make the appropriate recommendation. This is usually seen in litters raised in unhygienic environments. It is especially worrisome when the weight loss accompanies muscle atrophy (or the wasting away of muscle mass). I was super happy to get a new furry baby and I have had Thumper for 8 wonderful months. order. Your veterinarian will perform a full clinical examination on your pet and carefully examine them for signs of underlying conditions that may be causing weight loss. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM. This topic has 5sd replies, 3 voices, and was last updated 2 years, 5 months ago by Sofia . There are many different conditions that may cause weight loss in your pet, these can be caused by: – if your pet is suffering from weight loss due to this form of anorexia they may still have a drive to eat, however, due to an underlying condition are unable to, – if your pet is suffering from this form of anorexia they may be losing weight due to loss of desire to eat; this is often due to underlying factors that cause pain or stress, There are many causes of weight loss in rabbits, these include. My 3yo, Daisy, has been eating as usual and drinking water as usual but has lost weight...probably over the past few days if not longer, but it's only just become very obvious- visually. Therefore the nose area will be wet and the fur near it will also be wet and it may be matted. # Weight Loss: Any hidden disease, lack of eating food, depression, not having interesting food, disturbance can be the causes behind the rabbit’s weight loss. I sat on the flood then called him over and he got up to greet me and took one step the fell to the ground and that scared me. Thank you for your email. Treatment for heart disease includes eliminating the cause, such as pneumonia or … Sudden weight loss in rabbits is concerning and may be due to a variety of different conditions which may include dental disorders, gastrointestinal disorders among other issues; without examining Daisy I cannot say what the specific cause is, however your Veterinarian will complete a thorough examination and will make the appropriate recommendation. I took to the vets to be checked and he gave me wormer and fibreplex for them, 5 days later nothing has changed. Weight loss in rabbits is always a bad sign. If your pet is suffering from disease such as skin infections or abscesses your pet may need further medication and treatment. Sudden changes of diet should be avoided. An example of Milo’s weight loss is 1.26kg to 0.96kg in a few months. Diagnosing the blockage before the rabbit dies can be difficult. Sudden weight loss??? They drink and have hay too. The goal for weight loss in rabbits is a slow steady decrease not a sudden drop. Weight Loss Diet for Overweight Rabbits Being overweight is very bad for a rabbit's health; it puts extra pressure on the joints and organs and makes grooming difficult. emaciated, but administration of subcutaneous fluids can restore him to normalcy in short. Also, you will not wet or matted fur on their paws since they will use them to wipe any wet area including their nose. One of the evident symptoms or signs of this condition is seeing a discharge coming out of your rabbit’s nostrils. In addition, a rabbit losing weight may be the result of dental disease, poor quality food, digestive issues, central nervous system disorders, muscular or nervous system diseases, or physical injuries. There are many different causes for cachexia (and weight loss) in rabbits. I’ve just lost my rabbit. Dental disease is the most common cause of gradual weight loss and chronic 'poor doers' Decision tree: weight loss. The past few weeks I noticed the he started losing fur which I thought "Oh he is just shedding no big deal", but then he starting losing a lot of weight. After that he seemed a bit better and he started eating and drinking. My rabbit is still eating and drinking normally and her behavior hasn’t changed. The veterinarian will also examine the animal's teeth, as dental disease is a common cause for weight loss. She may have had a kidney disease as well, as those can progress quickly as well in rabbits. Any factor that causes anorexia will lead to weight loss, particularly chronic pain. These rabbit parasites include: Coccidiosis – Causes diarrhea and weight loss. I don’t know if this weight lose is due to EC coming back, since she is still drinking normal amounts of water, or if it’s because of her diet. In contrast to the disease in cattle and sheep, listeriosis seldom affects the CNS in rabbits. Also, baby rabbits are especially susceptible to inflammation of the intestinal tract. Most rabbits will also be prescribed a well-balanced diet which includes plenty of fresh greens. It's a good idea to weigh your rabbit weekly to … Given his decreased appetite and the other signs that you are describing, it would be a good idea to have him checked out by your veterinarian. Hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid, develops when your thyroid gland makes … Preventing Rabbit … If your veterinarian prescribed the medication for Biscuit, you should be okay to give as directed. Extended time outside of the cage is important. Random addition or removal of foods from their diet will lead to development of gastrointestinal symptoms like diarrhea, stomach upsets and constipation. Your vet will be able to examine him, run any tests that may be necessary, and get him back on the road to health! © 2020 Wag Labs, Inc. All rights reserved. Recently I went away for a week and had my roommate feed Paul everyday, although when I got home I noticed she didn’t want to come out of her crate and seemed very tense. … How to keep a balanced weight. However, it is rare for rabbit's to lose weight purely through a lack of adequate nutrition. During this time you want to monitor your rabbit and watch for any rapid weight loss or refusal to eat. Weight loss and not eating as much are common signs. These can be signs of more serious conditions, such as fatty liver disease, and should be treated as an emergency. For example, the animal's body may start using lean muscle for energy in order to carry out its daily functions. Items are sold by the retailer, not Wag!. I'm so scared I'm going to lose him. - before I left I bought a bale of Timothy hay from a farmer instead of the pet store, this was his first week eating this instead. He spine and hip bones are both visible. Your veterinarian may discuss a gradual change of diets to support weight gain and gastrointestinal health. she refuses to eat or drink and I have been up all day and had alarms all night for me to give regular critical care food/water 1hr 30mins everyday. Offer a selection of fresh, moistened greens instead. The rabbits tend to grow from 18 to 24 months of age. It is rare in domestic rabbits. Some other common causes may include: 1. GI stasis is usually fatal as by the time you notice the rabbit is in distress it's too late. I have had piper for about 3 years now but recently he has not been eating all his food and I think his ribs are flared out and has a little bit of eye discharge but I haven't changed his diet or anything else and his mom died a while ago from being too skinny (at least that's what I think) and they weren't close. A dehydrated rabbit can feel very thin and. Although rabbits have an average lifespan of 9-12 years it is seen that most of them don’t survive till the span age. I hope that everything goes well for him. Much like the symptoms, treatment is dependent on the underlying cause of the weight loss. Some of the causes I didn't see listed above are: GI stasis, bloat/intestinal blockage, faders and "floppy rabbit syndrome". She had enlarged kidney low temp empty stomach and lost weight . She eats everything I give her, she still likes to be pet, and her stool is normal, she doesn't grind her teeth that I know of. It may be contracted from food sources contaminated by mice and rats. It is specifically uneasy when the weight loss accompanies muscle atrophy(or the running out of muscle mass). 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