Rabbit - help - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 12 Old 03-01-2011, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: UK
Posts: 169
• Horses: 0
Rabbit - help

I have a rabbit. She is about six. I don't know what breed she is, grey ears; grey patch over one eye and grey spot on back. Not a lop, quite small. Just wondered, she seems uninterested in her food. She doesn't drink much either. She seems healthy. I feed her normal rabbit food and sometimes dandelion leaves and clover; cauliflower leaves and carrots sometimes. Anything I should be doing? Why isn't she eating much? She does EAT, by the way.

If your horse says no, you either asked the wrong question, or asked the question wrong.* ~Pat Parelli
EquineLover is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 12 Old 03-01-2011, 09:28 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 184
• Horses: 0
I don't know a huge amount about rabbits, but I would check for snuffles, or a cold. Rabbits are really good at hiding the fact they are sick and wipe their nose and eyes in the arm pits in a since. So look under her front legs for discoloration from wiping. There is always a possibility of parasites if your feeding her anything from outside (leaves and clover) in that case you might want to talk to your vet. Even with holding any greens as they might up set her stomach, and wait until she's eating her pellets (if that is what you feed).
mooney is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 03-01-2011, 11:07 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Arizona
Posts: 47
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by EquineLover View Post
I have a rabbit. She is about six. I don't know what breed she is, grey ears; grey patch over one eye and grey spot on back. Not a lop, quite small. Just wondered, she seems uninterested in her food. She doesn't drink much either. She seems healthy. I feed her normal rabbit food and sometimes dandelion leaves and clover; cauliflower leaves and carrots sometimes. Anything I should be doing? Why isn't she eating much? She does EAT, by the way.
Have you had her all 6 years? I am a bit shocked....rabbits require 3 veggies DAILY..... my guys get lettuce daily along with 2 other veggies that are mixed up each day; carrots, broccoli, parsley, bell pepper, cilantro, etc....They also need fresh hay daily.....Their diet should be mainly hay with about 1/4 cup of pellets.
pawzaddict is offline  
post #4 of 12 Old 03-02-2011, 08:30 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 184
• Horses: 0
Pawzaddict is right if the rabbit isn't having hay it won't be able to wear down it's teeth, maybe that is what is causing her trouble.
mooney is offline  
post #5 of 12 Old 03-02-2011, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: UK
Posts: 169
• Horses: 0
Oh, forgot to say, I feed her hay, yes. About the cold, I have checked she is healthy - she is. And I don't feed her veggies everyday, it gave her dirreheoa last last :)
Posted via Mobile Device
EquineLover is offline  
post #6 of 12 Old 03-02-2011, 12:59 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 184
• Horses: 0
Might have to find a vet that will look at rabbits, she might have worms as there are a few out there that would make her not want to eat or drink very much like rabbit tapeworms usually they get it from being feed grass or leaves from where dogs are or wild rabbits are found. even if they around house cats there is a chance for transmitted worms. Does she have a bloated or hard belly? Hopefully she gets well soon she isn't very old.
mooney is offline  
post #7 of 12 Old 03-02-2011, 09:17 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Arizona
Posts: 47
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by EquineLover View Post
Oh, forgot to say, I feed her hay, yes. About the cold, I have checked she is healthy - she is. And I don't feed her veggies everyday, it gave her dirreheoa last last :)
Posted via Mobile Device
What veggies were you giving her? It really is crucial they get veggies....
pawzaddict is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 03-03-2011, 07:45 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Washington State
Posts: 68
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by pawzaddict View Post
Have you had her all 6 years? I am a bit shocked....rabbits require 3 veggies DAILY..... my guys get lettuce daily along with 2 other veggies that are mixed up each day; carrots, broccoli, parsley, bell pepper, cilantro, etc....They also need fresh hay daily.....Their diet should be mainly hay with about 1/4 cup of pellets.
Um...no. They don't REQUIRE veggies daily, not even at all. Some people chose to feed veggies, some don't. ;) My rabbits RARELY get veggies...they are given as treats only because they are so high in sugar, especially carrots & apples. They do fine without veggies. ;)

OP - How much are you feeding her? Unlimited amount? If so, that could be why she isn't eating a lot, it could be too much for her. How much does she weigh?

Emily
WesternJake is offline  
post #9 of 12 Old 03-03-2011, 08:09 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: NC
Posts: 4,761
• Horses: 6
Exactly WesternJake, I've had rabbits off and on my whole life and gave veggies mainly as a treat. They did have hay and pellets, and chew sticks regularly. And have lived to old age with no health problems at all. I did usually let them out to graze a couple times a week for a bit when the weather was nice, so they got fresh air and green grass.

How long has this been going on? Could she be constipated? I agree that her teeth may be giving her issue if they aren't wearing down enough.

"Keep a leg on each side and your mind in the middle"
apachiedragon is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 03-04-2011, 01:17 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Arizona
Posts: 47
• Horses: 0
All the research I have done, sites I have read, and breeders I have talked to and read websites of all say rabbits should have daily veggies :)
Posted via Mobile Device
pawzaddict is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rabbit Help! *urgent* TKButtermilk General Off Topic Discussion 16 01-15-2011 12:17 PM
Rabbit question Cowgirl101 Farm Animals 11 11-20-2010 04:26 PM
Big giant rabbit breeds? travlingypsy Other Pets 7 03-23-2009 01:51 AM
Any rabbit experts here? 3neighs Other Pets 25 11-30-2008 03:20 AM
Update On Baby Rabbit! Malorey General Off Topic Discussion 20 08-22-2008 01:24 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome