Why is your rabbit’s belly swollen?

Introduction: Understanding Rabbit Belly Swelling

Rabbit belly swelling is a common problem that may occur due to various reasons. It is essential to understand the causes of swelling to prevent it from worsening and causing serious health issues. The swelling may involve the stomach or the lower abdomen, and it may be accompanied by other symptoms such as pain, discomfort, and lethargy.

If you notice that your rabbit’s belly is swollen, it is crucial to seek veterinary attention immediately. The veterinarian will diagnose the underlying cause of the swelling and provide appropriate treatment. In this article, we will discuss the common causes of rabbit belly swelling and the steps you can take to prevent and treat this condition.

Overfeeding: A Common Cause for Rabbits’ Swollen Bellies

Overfeeding is one of the most common causes of rabbit belly swelling. Rabbits have a complex digestive system, and overfeeding can disrupt their delicate balance, causing bloating, gas, and abdominal discomfort. Rabbit food should be carefully measured and should not exceed 5% of the rabbit’s body weight per day.

If you suspect that your rabbit’s belly swelling is due to overfeeding, reduce the amount of food you are offering and ensure that your rabbit has plenty of hay and fresh water. Additionally, encourage your rabbit to exercise to promote digestion and reduce bloating. If the swelling persists, seek veterinary attention as it could be a sign of a more serious underlying condition.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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