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My rabbit is excreting blood. Help!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

My rabbit’s stools have been stained with blood since the past week. He eats regularly, is quite active and doesn’t seem to show any sign of suffering from stomach cramps. His motions also are regular and don’t seem loose. Why is he excreting blood? What could have led to it and what can I do to prevent it?
    — Sameera Ahluwalia

Hi Sameera,
In absence of moist, sticky/watery or smelly stools it is unlikely to be an infection (generally coccidia/bacterial/viral or nematodal infections) that is causing blood stained stools. Possibly your rabbit is eating very high fiber diet. Please get your rabbit checked by a veterinarian to find the cause. The vet may ask to get stools checked and or Xrays (to rule out foreign bodies) to come to conclusion. Kindly get diet of your Rabbit checked. Do not feed high protein or cooked table scraps as food.

My three-month-old Cocker Spaniel simply refuses to eat. We have tried giving him Pedigree, small pieces of chapati and mutton chops, but he only eats bones. This has been happening since the past three weeks and he has already lost some weight. I’m quite worried. Please help…
    — Sanjay Mathur
Hi Sanjay!

First thing you must do to your pup is STOP feeding bones. Make sure that whatever food you offer to your pup must be balanced. Do not let your pup dominate you for food preferences. You must check if the pup is otherwise healthy and been dewormed and vaccinated time to time. If the pup is loosing weight, its not a good sign. You must get him checked to rule out if there is any medical problem such as fever or any other ailment.

My household pet cat is an exception to other cats and loves water! We are a family of six and each time any of us go for a shower, she follows them. She also refuses to leave the balcony during the monsoon and does not even let us bolt it when it rains. So far, she has thankfully not caught a cold or a chill, but I’m worried she’ll soon fall ill…. What do I do and how do I get her to listen to me?
    — Aarti Jhangiani
Hi Aarti

High water intake in cats is rare in otherwise normal conditions. Cats fed only on dry pellets could lead to increased water intake. Hope your cat is not loosing weight or lost interest in food. High water intake could also be sign of Diabetes or even renal insufficiency! Get your cat examined by a vet and ask for blood glucose and kidney function tests.

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