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    Default How Do You Tell If A Rabbit Is Dehydrated?

    As title really.
    I know you cant do the skin elasticity test that you do with cats and dogs, so how do you assess it in rabbits?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemmapookie View Post
    As title really.
    I know you cant do the skin elasticity test that you do with cats and dogs, so how do you assess it in rabbits?
    Just curious
    You can, doing it on the underside of the abdomen works best IME

    Also, urinary output may be reduced and what is produced may be very concentrated

    Gut motility is usually reduced too, with small dark poos


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack's-Jane View Post
    You can, doing it on the underside of the abdomen works best IME

    Also, urinary output may be reduced and what is produced may be very concentrated

    Gut motility is usually reduced too, with small dark poos
    Was hoping you'd see this

    Oh so you can do the skin test, I wonder why I thought you couldnt oops:
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    On the subject of dehydration I noticed that my rabbit was not drinking at all.She lived on her carrot and apple but the water in her bottle never went down.The RSPCA rejected my suggestion of using a bowl but as soon as I put one out for her she started drinking.Afterall,rabbits don't have a bottle in the wild.
    My point is,on dehydration,the experts aren't always right.You know your rabbit.My rabbit would lick furniture and chew the wall when thirsty so look for signs like that.

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    When my vet checked Skye for dehydration when she had stasis, she did the skin elasticity test sort of on her shoulder, and also mentioned that a dehydrated bun's eyes may appear sunken....although I suspect it would be quite an advanced case before this as evident. (That's just my suspision, I don't have any evidence!)
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