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I have a 1 year old Dwarf rabbit that just had one stillborn. I work up this morning to feed her and give her fresh water, thats when I discovered the stillborn. Do I need to give any special attention or give her (Squirt) something different then usual?
I expect that the baby was a stillborn because the buck was much bigger then her. It was not intended for them to mate. They were outside for a while in the same cage and must have engaged while i was trying to find her a smaller one so this wont happen.
Thank you for your help in Advance,
Did the stillborn baby look fully formed (though I know it could be hard to tell)? The concern with mating a much larger male to a female is not the the babies will be born alive but that the babies will be small enough to be able to pass thru the mothers birth canal. If a pet is in labor long enough and unable to pass a baby, eventually their labor will stop due to the muscles being exhausted- and that is very dangerous as the babies will die inside Momma bunny.
I would not consider having just one baby to be a normal pregnancy for a rabbit- I would recommend taking her to the vet- they might want to do an x-ray to see if she has any babies left inside her and how large their skulls look and find out their best opinion on if they think she will be able to deliver them. Skulls and spines only show on an x-ray in advanced pregnancy- but if she was far enough along to have a stillborn- I am assuming any other babies would show on an x-ray.
Yes the baby looked fully formed. There were ears, both front and back paws, tail, nose, unopened eyes. I could feel the spine.
Thank you to all. I will make sure to take her to the vet and get her checked out.
Your bunnies are super cute! Is that the unspeutered pair? I can't imagine having an unspeutered couple together....that was NEVER a good thing in my bunny househould!
I ditto katnip....just to make sure that nothing is left inside her. Let us know. So cute...I could just squish them...not really...
yes the small dwarf and poland usually have 2 babies. OR even one.
Also the danger of a peanut being born is higher if both carry the double dwarf gene. The peanut will die as it is not fully formed inside with the intestines and stuff.
A peanut has a huge head compared to the rest of the body and really short front legs too.
Of course as you will do I would take her to the vet also to be sure only 1 was in there. I just love tiny bunnies. Dwarfs lionhead. polish...
those little faces and ears.