if your rabbit has a dirty bottom, with bits of sticky poo on it, you need to take it to the vet. This is sometimes called sticky bum syndrome! If the usual daytime droppings are still dry, this sticky poo is not diarrhoea. It is the special droppings called cecotrophs which are EATEN by healthy rabbits. Yes, nature has designed the rabbit to eat its special droppings. They turn round and take each dropping as it comes out of their back passage. The cecotrophs usually appear four hours after a meal, and are mostly done around about noon or lunchtime.
A rabbit with a dirty bottom is not eating its cecotrophs, as it should. There is a danger that it will get fly strike. There are several possible reasons for why this may be happening.
To see how rabbit poo improves after a proper diet (read What should I feed my rabbit on this website) click on the photograph to the right for a better view and for more information go to http://wabbitwiki.com/wiki/Rabbit_poop
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Van Caelenberg, A., De Rycke, L. , Hermans, K., Verhaert,L., van Bree, H. & Gielen, I, (2008), ‘Diagnosis of dental problems in pet rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus)’, Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift, 77, 386-394.
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