Rabbits/weight loss


I have a lop ear bunny that will turn a year old in may. She is full of life and personality with a voracious appetite. However I have noticed some weight loss recently. No appetite changes at all. She receives constant Timothy hay, fresh greens and a cup and a half of pellets a day. She is housed indoors. Any help would be fantastic.

Hi Lawrence

Sorry to hear about your bun's weightless. I recommend a check at the vet. I had a panic with mine thinking weightloss, turned out his moult had just made him look leaner. BUT true weightloss can indicate a number of issues including dental and internal organ problems so it's definitely not something to ignore and hope it will get better.

So yes, find a good bunny vet and get them to check your bun over, including molar teeth and heart.

Hope I helped!


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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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