Diarrhea is not a disease but a clinical sign of some disease process in the body of the patient. Diarrhea simply refers to the voiding of fluid or soft, foul, and sour-smelling feces. It can be caused by inflammation, irritation, or infection of the digestive tract, due to eating food that is too wet, too cold, spoiled, or contaminated with chemicals. Changes in diet from dry to fresh food, damp bedding, and cold and drafts are also often causes of diarrhea, as well as the results of a septicemia (blood poisoning), pressure from a tumor of a gonad or kidney, liver damage, a localized bacterial infection elsewhere causing toxemia, or even a change of environmental conditions or feeding routine.
The rabbit eats little or nothing, sits hunched up with closed eyes, and becomes listless and uninterested in anything that is going on around it.
Separate the rabbit immediately, and house it in a clean hutch at a distance from the other hutches. Thoroughly clean and disinfect the rabbit's "old" quarters. The bedding in the "sick bay" should be changed at least twice a day. Don't offer fresh greens, only hay (preferably of the second cutting) and some dry bread. Supply camomile tea and some boiled, unsalted rice. A veterinarian should be consulted if the patient suffers longer than two days, as prolonged diarrhea is life-threatening.
Note:When a young rabbit between five and eight weeks of age has diarrhea, there may be a possibility that it is suffering from mucoid enteritis, a fast killer! Often the rabbit dies in less than twenty-four hours.
The rabbit is listless and squint eyed, has jellylike droppings and a soiled underside, and looks thin, with mucus around the mouth. Because of high fever the rabbit often puts one of its feet in a water dish. When the rabbit is picked up and gently shaken, a splashing sound can be heard within the animal. Consult a veterinarian immediately.
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