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Last Post by mocha200 at 7/31/2012 2:30 PM (13 Replies)
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User is Offline IsabellaRobyn
Scotland
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7/29/2012 10:48 AM

Recently I've noticed that when Belle has been laying on my bed or sitting in the same spot for a couple of minutes or more she sometimes leaves a really small spot of what I could only describe as a type of discharge.  If she was a dog I'd say she was on heat but she's only 13 weeks and the stuff she leaves is brown.  She's been pooing normally and she's been eating plenty of hay.  I've been trying to pick Belle up all night to have a look and see if there is anything wrong down there but she always wriggles away and if she doesn't get away then she just wriggles so much I wouldn't be able to see anyway.  I managed to keep her distracted by feeding her a pellet and tried to feel if she felt damp but to me it feels like her fur is very slightly crusted around that area but in saying that I have no idea what I'm feeling for.  I've noticed that since I got Belle she has shown quite a lack of interest in her cecals and she would rarely eat them but over the past week I've not seen any so I'm assuming she's started to eat them now.  The marks that she's leaving are really similar to the marks that would be left had cecals been there previously and I'd scooped them away (because they have the wet coating on them) but I've not really noticed her eating anything while she's been on my bed?  Belle doesn't have a vet and it's really late here so I can't phone one either.  Any ideas on what it is?  Could her diet be too rich or too many greens?

Recently my mum got a new type of hay which I wasn't too fond of and that Belle didn't seem to be that interested in so I was giving her more of her herbage which is like a rich more green hay that I give her for treats that she loves.  We got another bag of hay now so I've been giving her that and she's been eating a lot more of it than the last stuff.  I was wondering if it could be a change in hay?

I know rabbits hide when they are unwell but she genuinely seems fine.  She hops around and up onto my bed all the time and she flops over at the end of my bed for a relax quite often.  She's still really curious about everything and definitely hasn't lost her appetite.

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User is Offline bullrider76543
Joplin MO
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7/29/2012 11:33 AM
I would call your vet just to be on the safe side, these little guys get so sick so quick it is imperitive that you catch things early. But I am not sure what it could be.
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User is Offline bmt87
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7/29/2012 11:44 AM
Lola does this after she eats a lot of some darker greens - and sometimes when she eats cilantro. It almost seems like her urine is more concentrated and a darker oranger color. Sometimes she'll leave tiny dark urine-ish colored (orange, red, brown, yellowish) spots on her cage carpet like she almost "leaks" a little and can't help it. I've had my vet look at her and they have said it's normal when they just get a little relaxed when they are sleeping and let a little bit of urine out. I guess the best way to describe it would kind of be like bed wetting with children.

I'd be safe rather than sorry and give your vet a ring to know her opinion just in case.
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User is Offline IsabellaRobyn
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7/29/2012 1:08 PM
thanks bullrider I think I've found a rabbit vet in my town but I need to double check

bmt - after I posted this I was looking at the little spots and thinking that she could just be wetting herself. On my bed it looks brownish but in her cage (i have a kind of paper across the metal base to stop it being too cold) it is like orangey-yellow so it sounds the same. She gets spring greens and they are really dark so it could be that! Do you think I should switch her greens to something else? The relaxed thing sounds the same too, she does it when she's lying down or if she's letting me pet her head! Thank you so much for your reply, made me feel so much better because as I said I don't have a vet yet.
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User is Offline mocha200
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7/29/2012 1:21 PM
I would definatly find a vet even if she isn't sick now. My rabbit Lulu started leaving pee dribbles and I took her in to see if anything was wong. My vet took xrays and couldn't find a stone but i do wish I would have done a test for a urinary infection. My vet took her off of pellets just encase she was getting to much calcium and we haven't had a problem yet. Anyway, my advise is to book a checkup for her since she hasn't had one and ask about it then. Its nice to have her records in there computers anyways.
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User is Offline IsabellaRobyn
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7/29/2012 1:27 PM
Oh that's good to know, thanks mocha . Yeah I'm going to get on to it soon it's just one of those money things Brakes my heart too because if something happened I wouldn't forgive myself.
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User is Offline Denise12
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7/29/2012 3:34 PM
My bunny does it when she's straining to produce cecals....she can't help it either.

User is Offline bmt87
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7/29/2012 4:36 PM
Yes - my Lola def does it after she eats Spring Mix greens ---- (usually when I am in a giant rush and buy one of those "Spring Mix" prepacked salad bags). Kale is another one I've noticed that she might do it after. My vet told me it's completely normal and I still give them to her probably once a week in her usual veggie rotation - girls gotta gets her dark leafy greens! It doesn't bother me to spot-clean one area in her cage from time to time, it doesn't stain, and it doesn't seem to smell or attract her to use the potty there and she still goes in the litter box - so if it doesn't bother her...it doesn't bother me. Ha.

And yes, I would for SURE take her to the vet just in case it isn't the same as my bun and maybe is a Urinary Tract Infection or something of that nature - but at least until then you can rest a little easy knowing someone else has had something very, very similar and it's not an issue. I would also ask about her diet - a rabbit savvy vet should know but until then I (personally) would not restrict her from eating things that she needs in her diet and are recommended by HRS until your hear differently from her vet.
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User is Offline IsabellaRobyn
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7/30/2012 8:08 AM
Today I've noticed her cecals are all wrong so my mum took out some pet insurance and we're going to take her to the vet tomorrow. I'll let you guys know how it goes. Thanks for all the advice
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User is Offline Lillydahungrybunny
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7/30/2012 9:31 AM
please keep us updated ;D

User is Offline Sarita
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7/30/2012 11:37 AM
Just remember with pet insurance you still need to pay the full cost upfront and then you will be reimbursed based on the contract.

User is Offline IsabellaRobyn
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7/30/2012 11:44 AM
I think my mum has the money she just doesn't want to spend it but she'll spend it tomorrow if she'll get it back.
Belle is looking up a little tonight, she was doing zooms round my room earlier like a crazy bun so that has to be at least a little bit of a good sign. Hopefully if (and I really hope not) there is something wrong we'll catch it early on and she'll be fine.
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User is Offline IsabellaRobyn
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7/31/2012 6:28 AM
Just got back from the vet with Belle. It was horrible watching the vet with my little baby!! I've never been to the vet with any pet before (my mum always went) and I wasn't really expecting it. Belle HATES being held and obviously to do her job properly the vet had to hold her and when she had Belle on her back she was breathing really really loud and her eyes were massive I wanted to save her but I knew it was for the best. The vet said that Belle looks like she's in really good condition and that everything felt right inside and she couldn't feel any stones or grittyness so she's given me some antibiotics to give her just in case it's a urine infection but she said it's just a precaution. Also she weighed Belle and she said that she's 1.2 which is good for her age so in all it was a fairly good trip to the vet I think. I'll let you all know how it goes in terms of if it clears up after the 5 days.
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User is Offline mocha200
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7/31/2012 2:30 PM
Glad she's seems to be doing better! All rabbits are going to be scared at the vet.
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