A more rounded belly appearance may be seen. Pulling fur from the abdomen, sides and dewlap to line the nest can be seen a few hours before giving birth. Mood swings and not wanting to be held. Sometimes, very few or no changes are obvious until your rabbit gives birth.... read more ›
Cases of bloody urine in rabbits often turn out to be normal rabbit urine which is simply a deep red colour due to the extretion of plant pigments within the diet. True cases of blood in the urine (haematuria) are often due to stones/sludge within the urinary tract, cystitis, uterine adencarcinoma, polyps or abortion.... view details ›
Possible causes of fetal loss include excessively large or small litters, stress, genetic predisposition, dietary imbalances, heat, trauma, drug use, infection (listeriosis, pasteurellosis, salmonellosis, aspergillosis, chlamydial, and staphylococcal infection), and systemic disease (1,2).... see more ›
One of the most obvious signs before a rabbit gives birth is nesting. The mom-to-be will begin to create her roost about a week before she gives birth, which can help you set a timeline if you weren't quite sure when she conceived. Your rabbit will stack bedding into a corner or dig to make a small den.... read more ›
Most newborn rabbits have pink skin if they're going to be a light color. Rabbits destined to be darker (brown or black) may have dark skin at birth. If their skin is mottled, with dark patches amongst the pink, they'll likely have multicolored fur.... continue reading ›
Rabbits are pregnant for about thirty days. Their young are born in shallow burrows or nests lined with mama's fur and covered with brush or grass. Babies are born with their eyes closed but mature quickly and are ready to leave the nest after about two weeks.... see details ›
Vaginal discharge is not a common or normal occurrence in rabbits, and is normally taken to be a sign of infection or illness. Vaginal discharge includes any substance that comes from the vulvar labia, or vaginal area, including fresh blood or blood tinged fluid.... view details ›
An unspayed female rabbit might show a bloody discharge from her vulva, or drops of blood after urination, which could be confused with urine. Either of these occurrences could be a sign of uterine cancer. An unneutered male rabbit could have genital cancer or trauma which could cause blood to appear in his urine.... read more ›
Reasons for bleeding in rabbits include hematuria (blood in the urine), epistaxis (nosebleeds), reproductive tract dysfunction, anal bleeding, bleeding after neutering, rabbit hemorrhagic disease, and bleeding in the upper digestive tract/oral cavity. Cutting your rabbit's nails too short can also lead to bleeding.... see details ›
Although rabbits were used for all manner of research, the “rabbit test” became synonymous with pregnancy screenings, and the phrase “the rabbit died” entered common usage as a euphemistic way of saying someone was pregnant (even though the rabbit always died during the test).... continue reading ›
Be sure to provide a quiet area and ideally a covered box for your doe to make her nest in. Most rabbits will give birth in the early morning hours. The actual birth takes about 30 minutes in total. The doe will clean the kits, eat the placenta, and sever the umbilical cord on her own in most cases.... view details ›
Pseudopregnancy (pseudocyesis, false pregnancy) can occur in rabbits, even in pet does kept singly. Pseudopregnancy typically lasts 16 to 17 days and may be followed by hair pulling and nesting behavior.... view details ›
According to the University of Miami, a rabbit will give birth to 1-14 kits in her first litter, with the average being 6. It's unlikely that all of these baby rabbits will survive. A first-time mother may fail to care for her young, so you must ensure that kits are kept warm and well-fed.... read more ›
SEPARATING THE FATHER Most male rabbits are gentle with their offspring. The main reason to separate off the male is that the female can become pregnant again WITHIN HOURS of kindling! He should be housed where he can still see and contact her as separation is stressful.... continue reading ›
Baby bunny kicking: In the final days of the pregnancy, you may notice little jumps in the mother rabbit's sides as the little babies move around in her tummy.... see details ›
A pregnant rabbit will exhibit nesting behavior about a week before giving birth. The most obvious sign that a rabbit is beginning to nest is if she's piling up bedding or digging into a corner of the enclosure.... read more ›
Place the mother and the babies in a small, warm, quiet room. Give the mother a litterbox, in the opposite corner of the nest, if she's placed indoors. If she is not used to being in the house, this may stress her more than being left in her outdoor cage. The only thing to do in that case is add a proper nest area.... see details ›
Keep baby rabbits in a box in a warm, quiet place away from children, household noise, domestic pets and bright lights. If you have a heating pad, turn it on LOW and place it under HALF of the box. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FEED ANY TYPE OF FORMULA TO A BABY RABBIT. You may kill the animal.... see more ›
Newborn rabbits are fragile, and can't cope with too much human contact. If you can check on the kits without picking them up, you should do so. Once the babies are three weeks old, you can begin to interact with them a bit more. You can pet them, allow them to hop into your lap and pick them up occasionally.... view details ›
On D12, the does vocalized more frequently when they were pregnant: 75.3±4.8% vs. 7.6±5.3% for pregnant and not-pregnant does respectively (p<0.001), and 96.8±2.2 % of females which vocalized on D12 were pregnant.... continue reading ›
Rabbit burrows, also called rabbit holes, have a main entrance surrounded by a mound of dirt that leads into an often complex series of underground chambers. There can also be additional entrances without mounds.... see more ›
If you see any bleeding, take your pet to a veterinarian immediately, because a fracture or internal damage is possible. On occasion we see rabbits that experience a trauma and seem perfectly fine — but always monitor a rabbit very closely for any signs of problems.... read more ›
Do Female Rabbits Bleed When in Heat? Female rabbits do not experience periods in the same way as humans. This means that your pet will not bleed while in heat.... see more ›
Red urine is observed in rabbits, and is almost always caused by plant pigments and does not affect the animals health. Vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli and dandelions will often result in the excretion of red urine.... see more ›
It is not really necessary to bleed out an animal. In most cases, a well-placed bullet wound to the neck or torso (lungs, heart, liver) will be all that is needed to bleed the animal out.... view details ›
Infected rabbits will usually die within 12-36 hours of exposure. Fatality rates of 70-100% have been reported.... see more ›
- Change In Appetite. A change in appetite is an almost universal warning sign with our animal companions. ...
- Lethargy. Bunnies are very curious and playful. ...
- Teeth Grinding. ...
- Mouth/Face. ...
- Respiratory Problems. ...
- Tummy Troubles. ...
- Vocalizations. ...
- Unusual Posture/Positions.
It is clear from these results that teeth problems and digestive upsets are the two major killers of rabbits that die prematurely.... read more ›
Why do male and female bunnies spray? They are marking their territory. Un-neutered males will mark female rabbits and their territory by spraying them with urine. Un-spayed females can also indulge in this behavior.... read more ›
The blood volume of a healthy rabbit is approximately 55 to 65 mL/kg, and 6% to 10% of the blood volume may be safely collected. Many sites are described for blood collection in rabbits.... view details ›
You should continue to keep a female rabbit separate from males during this time, as female rabbits can be re-impregnated hours after they have given birth. This means that one doe could produce up to 13 litters a year, but this isn't ideal for her health – a safe average is eight to ten litters a year.... see more ›
Typically, mother rabbits will return to the nest for a few minutes each day (usually in the evening) to feed the litter. As kits are only able to feed for such a short time, rabbit milk is very rich and they're able to drink 20% of their body weight in just one feed!... see more ›
Can rabbits delay birth? Rabbits generally deliver like clockwork between 30.5 and 32 days after mating. But it's not uncommon for does to delay giving birth, especially if they are stressed or this is their first litter.... continue reading ›
WHAT TO FEED THE BABIES. Baby rabbits should be fed Kitten Milk Replacer (KMR) or goat milk, which you can buy at pet stores, or sometimes even a local veterinarian's office. Because rabbit milk is the most caloric of all mammals, we add in one tablespoon of 100% heavy whipping cream (no sugar) to each can of KMR.... continue reading ›
The rabbit will show signs of pregnancy including: mammary and nipple development, increased aggression, hoarding of toys, urine marking and nest-making. Does will pull hair from their ventrum to make the nest, and so ventral alopecia is a common finding.... view details ›
The length of pregnancy in the rabbit is 31 days and the doe can produce from 1 to 12 young each time she gives birth. She can become pregnant again within a few days of giving birth. However it is not good practice to allow the doe to become pregnant straight after giving birth.... continue reading ›
Dog-rabbit hybrids are very rarely reported. Indeed, there seems to be but a single, brief notice on record, and even that single alleged hybrid died soon after birth. Such a cross would, of course, be extremely distant and no picture was provided. So this cross is poorly documented indeed.... continue reading ›
The length of pregnancy in the rabbit is 31 days and the doe can produce from 1 to 12 young each time she gives birth. She can become pregnant again within a few days of giving birth.... view details ›
Your rabbit keeps stepping on her babies because they might have a small enclosure. She can't move around well and avoid the babies. But, she can be anxious and confused too. And this is likely if this is her first pregnancy.... read more ›
Each litter can contain between one and 12 babies, with the average being five. And female rabbits can get pregnant again almost immediately after giving birth.... see details ›
Rabbits lack the strength to pick up and relocate their young. A mother will not build a new nest in a different location. If a rabbit's nest is abandoned, her babies will not survive.... continue reading ›
So in the most strictest sense of this, you would never mate a rabbit with another rabbit that has a known relative. However, most standards say with rabbits (and other animal terms) that it's ok as long as the relatives at least 4 generations out. Inbreeding is where you breed within a family.... view details ›
Mother rabbits do not “sit” on the babies to keep them warm as do some mammals and birds. They build a nest with fur and grasses which helps to keep the babies warm in between feedings. Do not force a mother rabbit to sit in the nest box.... view details ›
The first and second stages of labor in rabbits occur almost simultaneously as parturition typically lasts 30 min (7). Kits are typically born in the early morning and are considered altricial as they are usually born hairless and helpless with both their eyes and ears closed (2,4).... see more ›
You and your children can peek at the baby rabbits, but don't touch them. If anyone picks up a bunny, return it to the nest. A little human scent will not prevent the mother from caring for her young. If it's clear the mother rabbit was killed, contact a wildlife rehabilitator who can best raise the orphaned bunnies.... see details ›
Cold weather: When the temperature first starts to drop in the fall, some rabbits will inexplicably have red pee for a few days. Diet: If a rabbits diet is high in beta carotene (carrots, spinach, etc.) or red berries (strawberries, raspberries, etc.), their pee may become a red color.... continue reading ›
If your rabbit's is showing discomfort, pain medications may be used to decrease inflammation. Fluids will be given to treat dehydration, and kidney and urinary stones require surgical removal.... see details ›
Rabbits excrete calcium in their urine normally – that's one reason why their urine can dry into a thick, whitish film. They also secrete normal porphyrin pigments into their urine that can make their urine appear reddish or rusty orange in color.... view details ›
The red/orange color is believed to be due in part to harmless plant pigments called porphyrins that are ingested by the rabbit and excreted by the kidneys. The foods that have been reported to elicit the greatest change in urine color include broccoli, cabbage, dandelion, parsley and carrots.... view details ›
According to , the colour of rabbit semen is white with the intensity dependent on the concentration of the sperm.... see details ›
Do Female Rabbits Bleed When in Heat? Female rabbits do not experience periods in the same way as humans. This means that your pet will not bleed while in heat.... read more ›
Normal rabbit urine can range in color from a light yellow to a deep orange-red (a “rusty” color) due to a variety of plant pigments that may have been eaten or pigments, called porphyrins, produced by the bladder itself.... continue reading ›
In its respiratory form, it is often known as 'snuffles', as the rabbits have a milky nasal discharge which hinders nose breathing. They often have a similar condition in the eyes causing conjunctivitis and may have pneumonia as well.... view details ›
Normal rabbit urine varies in colour from yellow to orange, brown or red depending on nutrition and hydration status and may be influenced by medication. True hematuria may be caused by urolithiasis and cystitis as well as renal disease. The blood is usually uniformly distributed throughout the urine.... see details ›
Urine from healthy animals is typically considered to be of little to no risk to people. This is generally true, at least for the otherwise healthy human population, but like with most things in infectious diseases, there are exceptions. An interesting one in rabbits is a bug called Encephalitozoon cuniculi.... see more ›
The blood being diluted by urine causes this pink shade. There is a chance this is caused by something your rabbit ate, such as strawberries or cranberries. Excess dietary calcium could be to blame. Brown. Bladder pigments usually cause brown urine.... see details ›