Bloat is a condition where the stomach becomes stretched by excessive gas content, caused by the bacteria in a rabbit's stomach multiplying excessively as a result of incorrect feeding...
Bloat is a condition where the stomach becomes stretched by excessive gas content. The gas is caused by the bacteria in a rabbit's stomach multiplying excessively as a result of incorrect feeding. This may be because the rabbit has eaten wet green food or grass clippings, mouldy hay or simply as a result of irregular feeding. It is a medical emergency and sadly usually fatal.
- hard, swollen 'balloon like' stomach
- shortness of breath
Prevention / Treatment
Bloat can be fatal within hours and can only be treated by a vet. It is extremely painful and usually the decision is made to humanely end the rabbit's suffering.
Avoid feeding your rabbit wet green food and keep to a regular feeding pattern with lots of hay. Never feed your rabbit grass clippings.
Correct rabbit diet
Feeding the correct diet is vital to your rabbit's health and wellbeing and should consist of approximately 80% hay, 10% dry food and 10% fresh food... - read more