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.