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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
- restlessness

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.



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