A dirty, wet bottom is of prime concern over the summer months when flies are in excessive numbers. The risk of flystrike to an outside rabbit increases by 90% and this can kill your bunny. Flystrike is a dangerous and horrible condition caused when flies lay eggs on a dirty or wet part of your rabbit. The eggs hatch & maggots remain on your bunny. Flystrike is deadly and if not caught early, a rabbit may not survive.
Keep a record of what your buny eats
To work out what may be causing an icky bottom for your bunny, keep a record of what your bunny has eaten. If you can pinpoint what vegetable or other food causes a wet bottom, runny droppings or excess cecals, you can make a huge difference to your bunny's quality of life.
Try to identify the dietary causes of these issues through a process of elimination. A rabbit's digestive system is very sensitive to changes in the diet or from problem foods. Stick to a routine diet for a period of time. Remove one of the veggies at a time (alternate until you've tried removing each veggie to see any difference).
If you can see the difference after removing a certain veggie, them eliminate that from your bunny's diet permanently.
At BOING we tend to stick to a safe group of vegies we know that all our buns can eat:
* bok choy
* celery tops & cut up celery stalks
* chicory leaves
* carrot tops
From our experience, there are a number of our buns who cannot eat carrots, parsley, endive or any fruits (we would never feed our bunnies cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts or broccoli as we know it would cause tummy upsets).
Wash your vegies well
When you buy vegies, they can carry pesticides and dirt. Please wash your vegies very well before you give them to your bunny. Dirty vegies can easily cause a tummy upset and runny poos.
Also, never give a rabbit vegies that you would not eat yourself. If the vegies are limp, partly mouldy or damaged, please throw these away.
If your bunny is suffering any runny stools or an excess production of cecals, it is best not to give your bunny any treats.
Any food that is not intended for rabbits, such as bread, cereals, chocolate or any other people food should not be given to rabbits at any cost. A begging bunny is cute but they have no idea what is harmful to their health. If they are excited that you are eating a chocolate biscuit and climbing all over you, have some bunny foods on hand to provide instead. Sweet sugary biscuits or other people food id incredibly harmful to a rabbit.