Signs of Illness in Rabbits

Have you noticed any sudden changes in your Indianapolis rabbit’s behavior? A rabbit may not be as expressive as a dog or cat, and you may find it hard to tell if your bunny is not feeling well. Take note of any changes in your pet rabbit’s behavior or habits. For instance, if your bunny usually becomes quite active when you come home or visit the cage, and then one day doesn’t seem to notice you, then keep a close eye on him.

Here are a few things to watch out for:

Grinding Teeth

Bunnies often grind their teeth loudly when they are in pain. This isn’t the normal, quiet grinding a bunny may do while you’re petting or playing with him, but much louder.


If your bunny’s body temperature is too high or too low, they will use their ears to regulate it. If your bunny’s ears feel particularly hot or cold, this could be a sign of fever or low body temperature.


Bunnies don’t normally drool, so if you see your rabbit drooling, you’ll want to check with your vet. Drooling can be a sign of a dental condition as well as an indication of illness.

Running Eyes or Nose

A runny nose, or watery eyes, can also be an indication of sickness in bunnies. Rabbits only breathe through their noses, so any respiratory issues should be taken very seriously.

Decrease in Appetite

Bunnies are usually pretty enthusiastic about food. If your bunny suddenly seems disinterested in his supper, monitor him closely. A loss of appetite is often a warning flag with animals. Keep a close eye on your rabbit’s water intake as well.

Poor Grooming

Just like cats, bunnies tend to be very careful about their appearance. A normal, healthy rabbit will keep its fur soft and clean. If you notice your rabbit’s fur looks greasy, unkempt, or matted, this could be an indication of illness.


If your bunny seems listless, overtired, or lethargic, there could be something going on.

If you notice any of these signs of illness in your rabbit, and they persist for more than a day, call your Indianapolis vet and make an appointment as soon as possible.

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