Possible causes of death for rabbits

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    Mar 16, 2012 11:40 PM GMT
    There is no other appropriate category for this:

    All 5 of our rabbits (3 males, 2 females) have died with same symptoms in differing years. All of them die at age 1-1.5 in summer during the rain seasons. The rabbits live in our backyard in a little wooden shed or any other place they want to. They eat whatever vegetables and flowers that grow and drink clean water.

    It always happens after it rains constantly for a month or two and becomes hot and humid. 2 of them died in their second summers. They get wet, eat less, and become listless about 3 days before death. Their droppings become less hard and change color to more green. They stop eating; begin seizing and become stiff and then die after two hours or so.

    Internet searches haven't been helpful.

    Our other animals- goats and chickens are not affected.
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    Mar 17, 2012 12:08 AM GMT
    How long's a rabbit supposed to live?
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    Mar 17, 2012 12:13 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidHow long's a rabbit supposed to live?


    8-12 years
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    Mar 17, 2012 12:14 AM GMT
    Someone is pregnant.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbit_test icon_lol.gif

    Sorry, can't really offer any actual reasons...
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    Mar 17, 2012 12:18 AM GMT
    sounds like what would happen to my guinea pigs.....was caused by malnutrition and dehydration....particularly of vitamin C..... we would supplement their water with liquid vitamin C......give them some citrus and clean young dandelion leaves.....not lettuce or carrots....thats like eating candy the whole time.....also we would mix up a "thin" oatmeal, with some vitamins and protein and use a food syringe to force feed them a little at a time......the vitamin C and Dehydration is the biggest problem though.....
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    Mar 17, 2012 12:35 AM GMT
    German television camera men.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-rt-us-germany-bunnybre82f0z2-20120316,0,5318757.story
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    Mar 17, 2012 12:40 AM GMT
    That is a shame! I am sorry for your loss!
    I have a healthy rabbit now for three years, but he lives inside *the house* with me.

    *post fixed!
  • offshore

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    Mar 17, 2012 12:40 AM GMT
    From your description I say it might be:
    - poisonous mushrooms, these will spring up after a rain in hot and humid conditions.
    - rotten vegetation/ mold infected leaves (see above)
    - just too hot for the breed? Are they long hair cold climate breeds?
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    Mar 17, 2012 12:41 AM GMT
    Fishfriend saidThat is a shame! I am sorry for your loss!
    I have a healthy rabbit now for three years, but he lives inside with me.


    I know your reply is not(?) meant to be funny.
    But when I read it, it sounds almost like you are making a joke about you ate a rabbit 3 years ago.
  • Nipmuck

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    Mar 17, 2012 12:48 AM GMT
    You mentioned that they eat vegetables and flowers. Do you also feed them rabbit pellets ? They need a balanced diet, with the vitamins that the pellets contain. Also, some fresh twigs are good once in awhile. They'll eat the bark, which supplies them with fibre.

    Make sure that they have a dry place, if it rains a lot. And be sure that they have a cool, shady place to rest in and get out of the sun and heat. Rabbits can withstand cold better than excessive heat.
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    Mar 17, 2012 12:56 AM GMT
    How astute of you guys! They did become dehydrated because they would stop eating and drinking (concentrated urine) and I can not understand why. I can understand it might be a vitamin deficiency because they stop eating the store bought pellets. As I said, they eat all the vegetable and flowers that grow outside that we and the chickens eat. Finicky rabbits wouldn't survive very long in the wild.

    How did you figure out it was a Vit C deficiency? And why does it only happen only during the summer and after rains?

    Offshore, the rabbits avoided unfamiliar food and mushrooms so I don't think it could be poisonous mushrooms which do grow. It may be mold but it would affect the chickens similarly as well.

    We have large bushes and trees which provide shade, the ground is cool and wet under them. But it might be the excess heat and humidity.
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    Mar 17, 2012 1:00 AM GMT
    carmi saidSporty_g, how astute of you! They did become dehydrated because they would stop eating and drinking (concentrated urine) and I can not understand why. I can understand it might be a vitamin deficiency because they stop eating the store bought feed. As I said, they eat all the vegetable and flowers that grow outside that we and the chickens eat. Finicky rabbits wouldn't survive very long in the wild.

    How did you figure out it was a Vit C deficiency? And why does it only happen only during the summer and after rains?

    Offshore, the rabbits avoided unfamiliar food and mushrooms so I don't think it could be poisonous mushrooms which do grow. It may be mold but it would affect the chickens similarly as well.

    We have large bushes and trees which provide shade for the rabbits.


    Hot and rainy meant the bunnies are wet a lot of the times, and they can't sweat efficiently, leading to over heating.

    It might be by-intake of poisonous or rotten food, although I do doubt all 5 could have died this way.
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    Mar 17, 2012 1:14 AM GMT
    We live in somewhat different climates.... my rabbits usually last 7 years. I have a moveable hutch that i move everyday to fresh grass; they also get broccoli, potato, carrot scraps.... and i give them oats in the winter as a supplement. One thing i do though is keep my chickens away from the rabbits. I read something years ago in one of the journals about chickens giving disease to rabbits. Dig a little and check it out... that may be your root cause.
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    Mar 17, 2012 2:06 AM GMT
    http://fohn.net/rabbit-pictures-facts/rabbit-diseases-tularemia-myxomatosis-calicivirus-disease.html
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    Mar 17, 2012 2:06 AM GMT
    Probably acid rain.
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    Mar 17, 2012 3:33 AM GMT
    http://www.radil.missouri.edu/info/dora/RABBPAGE/bac.htm

    Possibly number 3? Otitis Media?
  • aznmtl

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    Mar 17, 2012 3:51 AM GMT
    That's sad. I wonder if the rain washed chemicals such as fertilizer or other into their diet. Maybe that made them sick or poisoned. They may also have been poisoned from another source.
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    Mar 17, 2012 3:53 AM GMT
    black mold?
  • EricLA

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    Mar 17, 2012 5:54 AM GMT
    Could it be stagnant water? We had ducks die and that's the cause we came up with. If they've been drinking from puddles where water has been sitting a while, maybe the water was bad.
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    Mar 17, 2012 6:15 AM GMT
    Any veterinarians nearby that know rabbits?
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    Mar 17, 2012 12:41 PM GMT
    Hey Carmi, keep in mind that what's poison to one animal isn't necessarily poison to another, so your chickens be exposed to the same thing but have no problem with it. The fact that it correlates to early summer after a rain supports the hypothesis that it's something that they're eating. That should be pretty easy to test. Good luck!
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    Mar 19, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
    I had a rabbit when I was younger and it died from eating iceburg lettuce. Something about it makes em sick.