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Hello!
Two night ago, my friend found some red in her rabbit's litter box and asked me for help. She told me that the rabbit is acting normally, eating normally, etc.
I told her to clean the litter box so that, if it happened again, she could have a clearer look at what it was.
Yesterday morning she sent me this picture of what she found. She says that it is thin and dry, and I'm sort of at a loss now.
Do you know what might be happening, and what do you advise?
Thank you!

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Dear April,

It certainly looks like blood.  And if the bunny is an unspayed female, then it's time to get her to a good, experienced rabbit vet for a spay.  Find one here:

http://www.rabbit.org/vets

If this happened more than one day, it's not likely from a broken nail.  But do check bunny's toenails to be sure one or two did not break and cause this. That might be the culprit.

But even so, unspayed females have a very high risk of uterine cancer.  Blood spotting can be the first (and sometimes only) sign.  Time for a full exam from a rabbit-savvy vet.

I hope this helps.

Dana

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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:

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Various newsletters of the House Rabbit Society, nationwide

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Ph.D - Biology
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Lightspan Academic Excellence Award for web site on rabbit health and biology
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