Rabbit Illness Symptoms

Rabbits are great at keeping healthy and not giving you any problems. But, there are some symptoms and ailments that can effect them. Here are some of the more common rabbit illness symptoms and problems that you might see from time-to-time:

Rabbit Illness Symptoms

Rabbit Illness Symptoms


This is a term used to describe a wide range of bunny symptoms. Like a; snotty nose, sneezing, runny eyes, and wheezing. All of these problems are likely to be bacterial, and can be treated by some antibiotics prescribed by a vet.

There can be deeper rooted issues however, and may flare up over and over again at times of high stress. If any conditions carry on after a treatment of antibiotics, you need to seek further attention from a vet.


Flystrike is a condition that effects bunnies in the summer. It can be potentially fatal, and needs to be attended to quickly. It starts from the rabbits fur becoming covered in droppings, usually due to living in messy conditions.

Flys can then lay eggs in the droppings on their fur. Larvae can develop within 24 hours, in turn starting to burrow in to the rabbits flesh. It really is a bad as it sounds, a very nasty condition.

You need to prevent this condition happening. Don’t give your rabbit too much fiber or rich of a diet. This will lessen the amount of sticky droppings, plus keeping their hutch clean will reduce the risk.

Sticky Bottom Syndrome

This condition is a result of rabbits producing too much caecotrophs. Caecotrophs is a type of dropping that rabbits re-digest. They look dark, sticky, and moist, making them easy to stick to the fur on a rabbit.

This is worsened by feeding the rabbit a diet with a lot of rich food an fibers, causing the droppings to be more sticky and frequent. If this is happening, feed them less of the pellet mixes, and increase the amount of hay available.

This condition is related to flystrike as outlined above, and both have similar symptoms. Keep on top of helping your rabbit with its hygiene, and there will not be a problem.


This is a condition that effects a lot of bunnies in the wild. Myxomatosis gives the rabbit swollen eyes and makes them disorientated. If it does not run away from you this is a good sign that it is suffering.

The virus was first introduced by man, intended to control the rabbit population in Australia. It was deliberately bought overseas too, but become a problem when it was started to be spread by insects and other creatures.

Unfortunately the condition cannot be cured, so vaccination against it is the only solution. It’s a very serious condition, and if your rabbit catches it, it will have to be put down.


Hopefully you have not had to deal with any of these problems with your pets. They can be frightening for owners, and there is never anything good about making a trip to the vets.

But being aware of rabbit illness symptoms, what to do to prevents some conditions, and what to do when you see symptoms is important for an owner.

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