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    I was just at the vet today, Oliver got a check up and got neutered. He's doing good so far! But I forgot to ask them If you can feel a rabbits liver. For as long as I've had Oliver (only 3 months) when i gave him a tummy massage I could always feel something slightly firm on this left side just below his ribs. I looked at some rabbit anatomy pictures online and that seems to be where their liver is located I just wasn't sure if you should actually feel it. I know rabbits have fairly large livers and I have a Holland lop so he's tiny so maybe thats why I can feel it because it has no where to go. Im assuming its normal since he did get a check up today and the doctor said nothing about it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Samm View Post
    I was just at the vet today, Oliver got a check up and got neutered. He's doing good so far! But I forgot to ask them If you can feel a rabbits liver. For as long as I've had Oliver (only 3 months) when i gave him a tummy massage I could always feel something slightly firm on this left side just below his ribs. I looked at some rabbit anatomy pictures online and that seems to be where their liver is located I just wasn't sure if you should actually feel it. I know rabbits have fairly large livers and I have a Holland lop so he's tiny so maybe thats why I can feel it because it has no where to go. Im assuming its normal since he did get a check up today and the doctor said nothing about it.


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    It was probably a full stomach that you were feeling, unless the liver is enlarged it is usually quite difficult to palpate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samm View Post
    I was just at the vet today, Oliver got a check up and got neutered. He's doing good so far! But I forgot to ask them If you can feel a rabbits liver. For as long as I've had Oliver (only 3 months) when i gave him a tummy massage I could always feel something slightly firm on this left side just below his ribs. I looked at some rabbit anatomy pictures online and that seems to be where their liver is located I just wasn't sure if you should actually feel it. I know rabbits have fairly large livers and I have a Holland lop so he's tiny so maybe thats why I can feel it because it has no where to go. Im assuming its normal since he did get a check up today and the doctor said nothing about it.


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    I am sure it was normal, as a vet can feel the liver and whether it's enlarged or not. The best thing would be next time to ask the vet to explain exactly where it is, but I hope you're not worried about it?
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    Thanks for the info! It was probably just a full stomach because every time I give him a tummy massage itís when he eats a ton and isnít pooping right away.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack's-Jane View Post
    It was probably a full stomach that you were feeling, unless the liver is enlarged it is usually quite difficult to palpate

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    I am sure it was normal, as a vet can feel the liver and whether it's enlarged or not. The best thing would be next time to ask the vet to explain exactly where it is, but I hope you're not worried about it?
    Thanks! Iím only a little concerned because he eats and poops very regularly and is an overall happy bun.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Samm View Post
    Thanks for the info! It was probably just a full stomach because every time I give him a tummy massage itís when he eats a ton and isnít pooping right away.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack's-Jane View Post
    It was probably a full stomach that you were feeling, unless the liver is enlarged it is usually quite difficult to palpate
    Yep, a normal sized liver is contained within the rib cage so isn't easily felt unless it is enlarged. The stomach is easy to feel just to the rear of the ribs on the left though especially if it is well expanded - either because it's full of food or because it's gassy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Santa View Post
    Yep, a normal sized liver is contained within the rib cage so isn't easily felt unless it is enlarged. The stomach is easy to feel just to the rear of the ribs on the left though especially if it is well expanded - either because it's full of food or because it's gassy.
    Yup itís on the left side. He loves his hay so thatís probably why I feel it often, heís always got a full tummy!


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