Ask Seth: Rabbit Head Tilt

I have had a rabbit for 2 years now and just this week he started eating less and less. When I looked at him it appears that he has a slight head tilt to the right side. What is going on with my bunny?

It sounds like your rabbit has an inner ear infection. This usually shows up with a head tilt towards one side and sometimes causes the rabbit to be circling around. This is fairly common in rabbits and is usually caused by the pastuerella bacterium.  This infection causes vertigo-like symptoms and can even cause nausea as a result of their decreased appetite.  You need to see your veterinarian so they can prescribe the proper antibiotic for your bunny.  Antibiotics clear up this condition in a few days to a week or so.

It is very important that your rabbit eat every day.  What I have used to get a rabbit's appetite back to normal is to offer timothy hay daily and even some dried papaya. Both of these can be picked up at your local pet store. Rabbits can also have pineapple, pears and apples to help entice them to start eating again.  If your rabbit does not eat anything at all for 24-36 hours then you will need to contact your veterinarian immediately.

There are many common diseases or infections that cause your pet to lose its appetite.  It can be quite tough getting them to eat and regain their taste. What do you do to get your pet back to eating healthy? Please share your tips and suggestions with us in the comments below.

Seth Mayersohn

About Seth Mayersohn

Have a question about your pet’s health or behavior? Readers can submit questions to askseth@petassure.com. Seth Mayersohn has a B.S. in Animal and Veterinary Sciences and a M.S. in Agriculture from West Virginia University. He has 12 years of experience as a veterinary technician and draws upon that experience to help our readers!

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