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panting and not drinking water

Species: rabbit | Category: medical-surgical | Submitted: 13 August 2007 02:17PM | viewed 12311 times
Q Claire asks:

Hi, I took Smokey my rabbit to see an out of hours vet last night as I was very worried as she was panting very heavily, also she had not touched any of her water for three days. The vet said that she is not dehydrated but did also say that he was not sure if rabbits pant like dogs to cool themselves down. He gave her some antibiotics. I have been feeding her fresh greens and putting a lot of water on them so that she is getting some. Is it normal for rabbits to not drink water and is there any medical reason you can thing of that she may have caught. Smokey is my only rabbit.

Q Our vet says: It is possible for rabbits to develop respiratory and other infections- so if that is the case with Smokey then the antibiotics should help. Watch Smokey carefully for the next few days and see if she starts to drink again; if not return to your vet to get her checked once more (rabbits need water but they may get some of their daily requirement from moist foods). Your vet will be able to tell you if she is getting dehydrated or not. Go to see your vet when the antibiotics are finished (or before if you are concerned about anything) to make sure that Smokey is recovering normally.

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