Common Diseases Of Rabbits In Summer

It is always pleasant to see Bunnies nibbling food and hopping with its head high in the air. If you pet bunny rabbits, you should be aware of its health and what could go wrong in summer. Some of the rabbit diseases to be aware of this summer include the following.

Heat Stroke
Summer takes its toll on all of us, and it’s no different with the rabbits. Rabbits are extremely sensitive to high temperature and hence keeping them in shady areas with an abundance of fresh air and water is a must. Body temperature can be decreased by sprinkling cold water or by keeping bottles filled with cold water near them is important. Take them to the vet if necessary who will provide IV fluids to regulate them. Also, blow air near them through fans which will help them incessantly.

Fly Strike or Maggot infestation
Avoiding fly strike is paramount when it comes to caring for rabbits. It happens when flies lay eggs on rabbits and they in turn hatch becoming maggots. They attack open sore or moist places especially a rabbit’s rear. These maggots dig into the flesh and then release toxins which sometimes results in death. Temporary loose stools and urinary problems are some of the symptoms. If you suspect this, consult a veterinarian immediately.

Snuffles
How often do we see animals catching a cold, whether it’s pet dogs or bunnies? So when you see watery snouts or eyes and sneezing, it’s often treated with antibiotics.
Snuffles is caused by Pasturella multocida bacteria and this illness tends to manifest itself during or after stressful situations. Avoid stress and make sure the infected rabbits are isolated so the disease does not transmit from one rabbit to another.

G.I. Stasis
Failure to produce feces, lack of consumption of water, a lack of appetite and a bloated abdomen are the main symptoms of Gastrointestinal stasis. If you see any of these signs, the need for veterinary care is imminent. The treatment includes oral fluids, abdominal massage, free- choice hay, and surgery. The treatment will be evaluated according to the blockage of the intestine. The diet high in fiber with endless supply water will help in the prevention of GI stasis.

Myxomatosis
It doesn’t kill quickly but takes its sweet time. Be aware of this disease so that the ever cheerful rabbits stay cheerful. Flies or fleas that bite a wild pet carry the virus and spread it by biting other rabbit.

Transmission can happen due to discharge from the eyes or nose of an infected rabbit. Initially, the eyes will be swollen which progresses to inflammation of eyes, mouth, genitals, and anus, soon to be blind.

Vaccination is the best option because it will provide increased protection to the immune system. Otherwise, putting it to sleep is the kindest option because the suffering is too cruel.

These are few of the many diseases that occur in a rabbit. Hopefully, this is helpful for the protection and care of your pets. Your concerns are our concerns.