Everybody, including rabbits, has a life span. A well-cared-for rabbit can live for up to 12 years. There are many causes of rabbit deaths, some of which we can control.
Rabbits are known for their ability to hide illness, but as a caring rabbit owner, you need to know and be attentive to the clues that your rabbit is sick. If you detect some symptoms that your rabbit is sick, you should take it to a vet.
Unfortunately, it might be impossible to get a veterinarian who is qualified to treat rabbits. Here are some of the ways you can help your rabbit and save it from dying:
Changes in behaviors are signs that something isn’t well. If you detect reduced movement and changes in eating habits, your rabbit must be suffering from a particular illness.
A caring rabbit owner should also monitor its droppings. If there are no droppings in the litter box, that is a sign that your rabbit isn’t eating. Changes in the shape and size of your rabbit’s droppings are signs that it is sick.
Changes in body temperature are also signs of illness. The body temperature of a healthy rabbit should range between 101°F-103°F (38°C-40°C). Temperatures lower or higher than that are warning signs that something might be wrong.
If you detect any of the above signs of illness in your rabbit, you should take it to a veterinarian immediately. If there is no qualified vet around, here are some home remedies for the common ailment in rabbits.
A loud gurgling sound and loss of appetite are the common symptoms of gas pain in rabbits. Your rabbit might also be stretching as if it is stretching its belly against the floor to ease the pain. Temperatures below 101°F (38°C) is a sign that your rabbit is suffering from gas pain.
As you wait to take your rabbit to the veterinarian, you can warm it by putting it on a hot water bottle wrapped with a towel or a warm heating pad. You can also warm the rabbit with your body heat by holding it close to your body for an hour or more.
To relieve the pressure of the gas, you can gently massage its belly every ten to fifteen minutes.
Broken bones are the leading cause of sudden rabbit deaths. There is little you can do to fix the broken bone, all you can is to take your rabbit to a bunny care center, for further treatments. Until the broken bone has been attended by a professional veterinarian, you should try to keep your rabbit from moving around by placing food and water close to it in an enclosed space.
Wrap the bleeding paw with a clean towel and apply pressure until it stops bleeding. To prevent bacterial infections, you should keep the broken nail clean and repeatedly clean the cage and the litter box.
You should take your bunny to a veterinarian immediately if it has an eye injury. Don’t try to give it your eye drop as it will extend the damages. All you can do before getting to the vet’s office is to wipe its eye using a warm cotton ball to remove any build-up.
Rabbits often bite each other when they are staying in the same cage. If your rabbit has a bite wound, you should take it to the nearest rabbit care for treatment.
To stop the bleeding before taking your bunny to a vet, apply pressure with a gauze or towel to stop the bleeding, and then wash the wound with Nolvasan.
Also known as wry neck, head tilt is a frightening disorder that is caused by an inner ear infection. The infection makes your rabbit lose its sense of balance and appear uncoordinated and dizzy. In the case of a head tilt, you should take your bunny to a vet who regularly treats rabbits. To prevent further complications, pad its box with towels and other soft objects. If it is unable to eat, you can feed it using a syringe.
Dental diseases in rabbits can be caused by wearing down of a tooth or misalignment of the teeth. Dental diseases make it harder for your rabbit to eat endangering their health. Loss of appetite accompanied by drooling, slobbering, and hair loss on the chin are the common signs of tooth disease in rabbits. There are several dental issues, and the only way you can help your rabbit is taking it to a vet.
When your rabbit is unable to eat, you should feed it with canned veggies, pumpkin, and baby food using a syringe. Be careful not to feed your rabbit with more than 1 ml of food using a syringe at the same time to avoid chocking.