and edited by Susan Horton, DVM
Pictured on the left are lovely normal fecal
pellets. The key to healthy stools starts with lots of fresh
timothy or orchard grass hay! The more fiber, the
better. If you feed to many carbohydrates, the cecum
may start to function improperly. This can lead to serious
health problems. The normal, healthy rabbit produces 90 to
150 healthy pellets a day!
The stool pictured to the right is normal,
healthy night feces. Rabbits are coprophagic.
This means they eat these special healthy cecal pellets to receive
complete nutrition. If you are finding these uneaten pellets
around your rabbit, it can indicate health problems.
Pictured below are two pictures of mucousy
stool. The first is from a hospitalized rabbit starting to
recover from a very sick cecum. Some times, these are the
first stools that we see with recovery. Sometimes the are
simply small and multiple. The rabbit is not considered
healthy until the large healthy stools pictured above return.
Clear mucous may be produced with serious cecal
problems. These rabbits need to be in the hospital!
Of course any time your rabbit stops producing
stool, it is considered an emergency! Please call Chicago
Exotics at 847-329-8709 if your rabbit is experiencing stool
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