September 1, 2010 "Ask Seth"

My pet rabbit will not eat. It has been a few days. Is this serious?

Seth,

My rabbit has not eaten in two days or so. What can I do at home to get him to start eating again? Do you think I need to see a veterinarian?

Marly
Lancaster, PA


I would recommend that you call your veterinarian to make them aware of what is going on with your rabbit. Anorexia (not eating) is a very serious problem in rabbits because their gastrointestinal tract is easy to disrupt and designed for constant processing of food. This condition can be deadly if not corrected right away. Start by removing the pellet feed and offering large amounts of hay. If the rabbit begins to eat the hay, continue to offer the hay and reintroduce pellets the following day. If the rabbit does not begin to eat normally, try the following to tempt him:

  • 1 tsp. plain yogurt
  • Blackberry or raspberry leaves
  • One single leaf of spinach or kale
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro
  • Canned pumpkin or vegetable baby food
  • Fruits, but only advised by a veterinarian. This should be a last attempt when all others do not work, since the high sugar content can create other imbalances.

If at any time you are concerned about your rabbit's health, please contact your veterinarian immediately.

 

Seth Mayersohn, CVT

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