Rabbits/Bloated Bunny


I just got my 8-10 week old lionhead mix bunny 3 days ago and I just noticed that his belly looks and feels bloated. He's been eating and drinking though out the day and is running around as I write this but I just need to know if I should take him to a vet before the situation turns for the worst. Thank you.

Hi Abby

As your bunny is running around and eating and drinking, fingers crossed he's just a little greedy monkey. A rabbit with bloat will be lethargic, not eating and not pooping either as bloat is a very painful condition.

However, as you've only just got the little fella, I would recommend booking an appointment with your vet anyway and get him a full bunny MOT. That way the vet can have a feel of his gut and hopefully conclude he's fine and just a little bit tubby!

Good luck!


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I can answer questions around the welfare of pet rabbits, basic health queries including gut stasis, diet worries, bonding questions and the proper welfare standards around housing rabbits (i.e. no wire floors, no small cages and they should be kept in properly bonded de-sexed pairs in very large enclosures). I cannot answer showing questions nor complex breeding issues as I do not agree with either, seeing the other end of the story in the world of rabbit rescue.


I have two 7 year old rescue rabbits and volunteer for a well established rabbit rescue here in the UK, both physically doing cleaning out etc and I am also their events and awareness co-oordinator, helping educate the general public on proper rabbit keeping, this means I have to ensure all information I give is correct and matches current welfare standards.

I belong to the RWAF (Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund) and volunteer for a major rabbit rescue.

I have no formal education on this subject, however read everything I can to keep up to date with current welfare standards and health problems. Both my rabbits have sensitive guts and constantly keep me on my toes.

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