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Hi, I'm coming to you today on an issue that involves my rabbit and her wet bottom. I've done some research and there's way too my possibilities for me to determine what's wrong. For a few weeks now, my rabbits bottom and vaginal region have been wet with what smells like urine. Her vaginal region has been swollen and discolored as well. Another thing that worries me is that I notice that sometimes her urine is red and she has what looks like bloody discharge. This is not all the time but I've noticed it quite a bit. I've heard a number of things it could be. Uterine cancer, too much protein in her diet, etc. I have contacted a vet but could only talk to the receptionist who mentioned getting her spayed. This is an expensive procedure and do not know if I can afford it. I read that if what she has is uterine cancer, that it can possibly be fixed with spaying. I've tried drying her bottom which seems to make it worse. I've used baby powder to dry some of it because I read that could help. I've run out of options and ideas and need some direct advice from an expert. Anything you can inform me would be greatly appreciated. Some other details are that she is acting normal, seems to have normal stool with the occasional wet stool if she has had too many greens. She does not seem sick to me besides her bottom and vaginal troubles. Thank you in advance for reading my question. - Nathan

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Dear Nathan,

Short answer:  Get her to an experienced rabbit vet for a full exam as soon as possible.  As you say, there are many possibilities, and only an experienced rabbit vet can diagnose the problem with a physical exam.  I certainly can't do it over the internet.

Find a rabbit vet here:

http://www.rabbit.org/vets

Until you get her to the vet, you can use the butt bath procedure described here (I'd use the wet bath for urine scald):

http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/buttbath.html

Be sure to dry her well, and apply a very thin layer of *plain* neosporin (or other triple-antibiotic ointment, not cream) to the inflamed areas.  This will keep her more comfortable until the vet can determine what is wrong, and prescribe appropriate treatment.

I hope this helps.

Dana

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Dana Krempels, Ph.D.

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I've lived with companion rabbits for more than 35 years, and consider them members of my family. I can answer any questions about the biology and health of rabbits, from the commonplace to the unusual. But please note:

RULE #1:
THE INTERNET IS NOT THE PLACE TO SEEK HELP IN AN EMERGENCY.

...it is an EMERGENCY.

Find a rabbit vet at www.rabbit.org/vet for immediate help, and don't risk your bunny's life by spending time asking questions online! If you can't get in touch with your vet, read these Emergency Sick Bunny Instructions.

If you have found a wild baby rabbit, please read these EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS FOR WILD BABY RABBITS and then use this link to FIND A LOCAL WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR who can give you the right advice.


RULE #2:
Help me help you! Please make your subject line informative if you have an urgent question. then LET ME KNOW IN THE SUBJECT LINE so I can give your question highest priority over non-urgent questions. If you don't do this, then I can't guarantee timely assistance!

For all the best, most accurate rabbit health, care and behavior information, visit The House Rabbit Society.

Experience

I have been rescuing and rehabilitating domestic and wild rabbits for about 30 years. I have written articles for many rabbit rescue publications, as well as for the veterinary journal, Exotic DVM. I own EtherBun, the internet's largest listserve dedicated to health, care, and behavior of domestic rabbits.

Organizations
Houserabbit Adoption, Rescue, and Education, Inc. (H.A.R.E., Inc.) president National House Rabbit Society (Board member)

Publications
Exotic DVM
Warren Peace (Journal of the House Rabbit Society of Miami)
Various newsletters of the House Rabbit Society, nationwide

Education/Credentials
Ph.D - Biology
B.S. - Biology
B.A. - English

Awards and Honors
Lightspan Academic Excellence Award for web site on rabbit health and biology
(http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare)

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