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    Default Dandelion or dehydrated bun?

    I recently fed Ralph 1 dandelion stalk/ flower and within a matter of minutes (and a few times since) hes had really dark urine. I thought it must be the dandelion although not entirely sure why but now Im worried hes dehydrated due to the warmer weather although he does have access to a water bowl which has been going down, not seen him physically drinking it though. What do you guys think?

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    Dandelions and some other greens can pass pigments through to the urine. It's pretty common and nothing to worry about. Sometimes it can be so dark that it is mistaken for blood in the urine. As long as they have access to water (preferably in a bowl), there shouldn't be a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leannean27 View Post
    I recently fed Ralph 1 dandelion stalk/ flower and within a matter of minutes (and a few times since) hes had really dark urine. I thought it must be the dandelion although not entirely sure why but now Im worried hes dehydrated due to the warmer weather although he does have access to a water bowl which has been going down, not seen him physically drinking it though. What do you guys think?

    Hi Leanne

    Dandelions often cause the wee to look red and it doesn't mean a rabbit is dehydrated

    http://www.towervets.co.uk/pet-facts...4_290527.shtml

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leannean27 View Post
    I recently fed Ralph 1 dandelion stalk/ flower and within a matter of minutes (and a few times since) hes had really dark urine. I thought it must be the dandelion although not entirely sure why but now Im worried hes dehydrated due to the warmer weather although he does have access to a water bowl which has been going down, not seen him physically drinking it though. What do you guys think?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shimmer View Post
    Dandelions and some other greens can pass pigments through to the urine. It's pretty common and nothing to worry about. Sometimes it can be so dark that it is mistaken for blood in the urine. As long as they have access to water (preferably in a bowl), there shouldn't be a problem.
    Good advice from Shimmer. These links may also be useful

    https://www.vetstream.com/pennardvet.../24_290527.asp

    http://www.greendale.co.uk/rabbit_urinalysis.html
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    Thanks for the reassurance and links, very useful and stopped me watching him like a hawk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leannean27 View Post
    Thanks for the reassurance and links, very useful and stopped me watching him like a hawk

    Yes, less worry = less stress

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