BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HOUSE RABBIT Q & A > Frequent Urination...*UPDATE*
Last Post by emkvet at 12/03/2011 8:22 PM (8 Replies)
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User is Offline emkvet
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11/28/2011 9:29 PM

Today I noticed that Hazel has been producing more urine than normal; I just changed her litterbox yesterday, and it was already mostly soaked with urine by the end of the night tonight. Usually I can go 2-3 days without changing the box. So I changed the box again tonight, and she peed twice in it within 20 minutes. She doesn't appear to be straining, the urine is a normal color and consistency, and she is acting like her normal self. She is eating fine, and her poops are normal. I also haven't noticed any urine outside the litterbox, or dribbling. In fact, she has been racing around the house doing binkies all night. However, I'm still slightly concerned at this sudden increase in urination. I'm going to keep an eye on it for now, and talk to the vet tomorrow, since I have the convenience of being at a veterinary teaching hospital/vet school and can just go talk with the exotics vet whenever  I know that it could be a possible UTI, or also diabetes (maybe a mild case). Any advice, or has anyone had this occur and it be normal? Thanks, as always!


User is Offline Sarita
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11/29/2011 2:29 AM
Diabetes is extremely rare in rabbits.

What may be normal for one rabbit may not be for another so it's difficult to answer your question as to whether it is normal, it's obviously not normal for your Hazel or you wouldn't be asking and concerned :~) I think it's always a good idea when in doubt to check it out with a vet.

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11/29/2011 1:44 PM
Thanks, Sarita. I left her in her xpen today while I was away so I could monitor her urination and check for pee spots. She has only peed in her litterbox, and it isn't nearly as much as yesterday. Maybe she was having a very thirsty day? I am continuing to monitor her closely, and if I see this continue she'll definitely be going to the vet. Hopefully it was a false alarm...

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12/01/2011 5:35 PM
I took in a sample of Hazel's urine to the veterinary school today to have the exotics veterinarian test it (another perk of being in vet school...free tests anytime! yay!). There was no blood or white blood cells in the urine, and its pH was normal. It looks like this was a false alarm, and that Hazel is just producing more urine, most likely due to drinking more water out of a dish instead of the old water bottle. Silly bun, scaring mom like that! I have been so stressed about her I have been waking up a few times a night to make sure she's ok. I'm glad it was nothing, and she's her binkying, cuddly self as usual.

User is Offline bunnyfriend
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12/01/2011 5:44 PM
Oh my gosh you are so lucky about getting free tests, ones here run at least $60-80. That is great that she is okay! Even though it was a false alarm it's good that you checked anyways, better safe than sorry. Awh it can be so worrying when you think you have a sick bun, she is lucky you care so much about her
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12/01/2011 6:56 PM
Have you noticed her eating more hay? Has your house been a bit chillier? Rabbits will eat a bit more when it's colder, and eating means more drinking. Also, if you have an exceptional batch of yummy hay or something that is making her eat more, she will drink more, hence urinate more. Hopefully it was just something as simple as that. And like you mentioned, I also think rabbits drink more out of the crock than they do with the bottle. So is the crock something new?

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12/01/2011 7:12 PM
She has been eating quite a bit, but that isn't really new for her. I think I feed her too much, but she always acts hungry. I feed between 1/8-1/4 cup of pellets per day, and probably 3-4 cups of veggies daily, plus unlimited orchard grass hay. She only weighs 2.2 lbs (she's a Nethie), but she definitely puts away a lot of food! The house isn't too chilly, I usually keep it fairly warm even if I'm out; however, that could be a factor.

Yes, the crock is new. I was using a water bottle, but she never seemed to drink much from it, so I switched her over to a dish. The increase in urination seemed to occur around the time of the switch, so that's what makes me think it's it. Plus, the urinalysis came back normal, so no UTI. She definitely seems fine - she just hopped on the couch next to me, binkied, hopped off, and binkied into her litterbox. What a goof.

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12/03/2011 8:13 PM

Oh good. So glad the urinalysis came back normal. So maybe having a new crock is allowing her to drink more and once she is used to getting thoroughly "hydrated", she'll slow down a bit. If you notice she seems to continue to consume quite a bit, (more than normal), you might want to have her teeth checked as some bunnies will drink lots of water as a way to soothe tooth issues.


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12/03/2011 8:22 PM
I had her teeth checked when I had her spayed a few months ago, and they looked good. I'm going to do an experiment and switch back to the bottle to see if her urination will decrease - it was the vet's idea. She did mention that if she keeps up the frequent urination to have her blood tested for diabetes. I'll try the water bottle experiment first, then go from there. I'm not too concerned about her anymore, it looks like she is probably just drinking more. But I'm a paranoid bun mom AND vet student, so I like to be extra careful anyway =) Thanks for all the tips, BB! I really appreciate this forum and all the great advice and support.

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