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What can CAUSE wet tail in rabbits? My 2 1/2 year old Holland Lop has wet tail and I would like to know how I can treat it and what had caused it in the first place.
He has urine all over his bottom and stomach, he won't drink water but is eating fine. When I looked it up, it said they would have loose stool but he doesn't have that its just urine all over him. Its not a different color or anything like that, it looks normal. Is than an emergency thing too? And should I take him the vet?
I would really appreciate it if you could give me some help because I really love this bunny!
         Thanks,
         Lauren

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Dear Lauren,

"Wet tail" is not a good medical term, as it really doesn't describe what's going on here.

Urine leakage can be caused by any number of things, from urinary sludge to bladder stones to urinary tract infection.  Please see:

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

and get bun to an experienced rabbit vet:

http://www.rabbit.org/vet

who can do imaging and blood work to get to the source of the problem.  Only then can proper treatment be prescribed.

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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