- Rabbit struggling to breathe. Lips or tongue bluish in color.
- Rabbit limp, floppy, or cold. This is a desperately ill bunny. A floppy state could indicate late-stage dehydration, shock, or overwhelming infection. The rabbit may crouch in a corner and "feel funny", when picked up. Wrap him warmly and get him to the vet ASAP.
- Uncontrollable bleeding. Bleeding that cannot be controlled by firm direct pressure applied for several minutes needs prompt veterinary care.
- Flystrike. Maggots in or around the rabbit's tail and bottom or in its poop should be taken to the vet to be treated. However, you can also contact me and I can see what I can do (often, just some dewormer needs to be ingested and the rabbit is fine).
- Severe diarrhea.
- Fractured backs and legs.
- Rabbit in pain. Signs of pain are subtle, usually detected by the rabbit grinding its teeth firmly and loudly.
Even though rabbit health problems go downhill very quickly, most are not urgent and can be given veterinary attention within 24 hours. However, if your rabbit is showing any of the following signs, take him or her to the vet immediately, no matter the time of day or night. There are not many, but there are some rabbit emergency clinics that are open 24hrs. Find one like that just in case. It's very frequently heard, "The vet was closed so he died."
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