Today I would like to touch on a rather delicate topic: the change in urine color in rabbits. But if you are a caring owner and attentive to the health of your pet, then you should not hesitate to talk about it. With the reddening of feces in pets, many breeders face, but not everyone knows what to do in such cases and how dangerous it is. If you suddenly notice that the rabbit has red urine, do not rush to panic and call an ambulance.
Looking for the cause
Often the reasons for such changes are quite commonplace and nothing terrible has happened. But there are times when an eared pet really needs medical attention. Inexperienced rabbit bosses, having first encountered the problem, cannot understand why the urine of an animal suddenly became brown or dark red. Most likely, the color of the secretions was influenced by pigments, which are contained in food, but there are other reasons as well. Let's take a closer look at each of them and try to figure out what influenced the color of your pet's urine.
Pay attention to what you fed the rabbit the last day. Was there carrots in his trough? Then, no wonder that the urine turned red. Carrot contains a large amount of beta-carotene, a vegetable pigment of yellow-orange color.
Beta-carotene is rich in beets, spinach, lettuce, peppers and tomatoes. When giving these products as food for rabbits, be prepared for the fact that the stool will become orange or reddish. The pigment is excreted from the body on the second or third day.
You will get the same effect if your pet tasted with coniferous sprigs. Pine and spruce - contain not only vitamin C, but also known carotene. Interestingly, these products do not always affect the color of the discharge. Rabbits can eat from one trough, but in one the urine will stain and turn red, while the other will remain unchanged.
In the hot season of the year or at high temperatures indoors in winter, rabbits may become dehydrated. In this case, enhanced urine pigmentation is a signal that the pet is not drinking enough. Be careful - dark feces are the result of heat stroke. Pay attention to the general condition of the rabbit. Be sure to monitor the temperature in the room, and do not forget to pour fresh water into the trough.
Stress in an animal
Red urine may be due to the fact that the rabbit recently experienced stress. Eared animals - very sensitive to the changes taking place. Therefore, even the usual change of weather affects their condition. The reason for stress in a rabbit may be a change of habitat or acquaintance with a new pet.
When the animals become seriously ill, they, like people, are prescribed a course of antibiotics. And as you know, from such drugs, any organism weakens, and the red color of the discharge is one of the symptoms. It is advisable to consult with a veterinarian before treatment, how to avoid the negative effects of taking antibiotics.
If you find the cause mentioned above, then you should not worry too much. Urine in such cases, though changed color, but slightly, and is colored evenly. But if the bright red color predominates in the rabbit's secretions, or you have seen divorces, red blobs, you should immediately consult a doctor!
We assist the rabbit
Urine containing drops of blood can be a symptom of many diseases. What kind of illness your pet can only determine a specialist. Therefore, for suspicious secretions, do not postpone the visit to the veterinarian. Remember that self-treatment in such cases is unacceptable.
In the veterinary clinic of your rabbit inspect, take the necessary tests. Then the doctor will be able to tell exactly what disease caused hematuria (the presence in the urine of the blood) in the animal, and prescribe a course of treatment. If the case is extremely dangerous, surgery will be required.
Most often, bright red urine is a sign of diseases of the genitourinary system. The doctor will determine what exactly bothers the rabbit. These include kidney disease, bladder inflammation, or urolithiasis. Then, antibiotics and other medications will be prescribed to the eared man in order to quickly bring his health back to normal.
The bleeding from females can be caused by a serious condition such as cancer of the uterus. The greatest risk of cancer in unsterilized rabbits. In such cases, surgery is inevitable: the animal will remove the tumor, and will be treated under the close supervision of specialists. In female, red urine can also be a sign of miscarriage or infection in the uterus.
Do not forget, an accurate diagnosis can be made only by an experienced specialist who knows the characteristics of the body of the rabbits. Keep track of your pet's general state of health, regularly visit a veterinarian - and you will not be afraid of illness!