Rabbits are some of the cutest animals on the planet. But you have had a pet rabbit in the past, you would know that this cuteness, unfortunately, comes with a price. Our fluffy little angels are prone to many health conditions if they aren’t properly taken care of.

In order to properly care for them, let’s go through some of the most common conditions that trouble your pet rabbit.

  • Swellings:
    Bumps or swellings could just be abscesses in disguise. But of course, it won’t reveal itself until it swells up a little more.

    What can you do:
    Pinging your vet and letting them in the loop must be the first thing to do. While following their instructions, be sure to provide your bunny with a healthy diet, clean surroundings, and a daily exercise routine.

  • Ivy poisoning:
    Ivy among a few other plants can be poisonous to your rabbit’s health. This is particularly concerning as, unlike other animals, rabbits lack the ability to vomit to get rid of it. Symptoms of poisoning include diarrhea, constipation, lack of appetite & energy, muscle twitching, convulsions, etc.

    What can you do:
    Remember, you shouldn’t panic and be rash with your rabbit as they might get frightened. Stay calm and take them away from the plant. Once you get them to their safe place, contact the vet and explain the situation. If possible, take a sample of the plant to show it to the vet.

  • Myxomatosis:
    In the past, when it was first identified, this virus was a huge threat to many wild rabbits. It can be caused through contact with insects (mosquitos, fleas, or mites) that carried the disease. Symptom includes fever, red swellings on the lips and eyelids, etc.

    What can you do:
    At the first sight of the above symptoms, it’s crucial to contact your vet immediately. Studies have shown that keeping your bunny in a warm environment can help them cope better. Ointments, careful nursing, and antibiotics as suggested by your vet can help control the disease and even improve recovery rates.

    However considering the severity of this disease, considering a pre-emptive vaccination can be life-saving!

    Although these conditions can be worrying and stress a lot of pet parents. it’s important to remember that early detection can make the world’s difference. So make it a point to keep an eye on symptoms next time you play with your pet rabbit!

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