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Why do rabbits die for no apparent reason?


The death of domestic animals in the summer time does not occur often, but such a phenomenon brings tangible losses and frustration to the breeders. Rabbits die for various reasons, and death occurs in pets of different age categories.

One of the most common options for illness and early death is considered to be non-observance of the elementary rules of animal care.

The second reason lies in cell-borne viral infections. What to do if there is a case of rabbits, many livestock breeders try to understand, but before starting any action, it is necessary to study the main reasons for this negative phenomenon.

The most common causes of death

It often happens that yesterday still active animals today are sick and die.

In fact, there are not so many reasons for the death of rabbits:

  • hemorrhagic disease
  • coccidiosis
  • pasteurellosis,
  • myxomatosis.

In our article we will describe in detail each of the diseases, their symptoms, as well as consider the most effective methods of treatment.

Hemorrhagic disease and coccidiosis

One of the most popular causes is the defeat of animals as a dangerous infection with a hemorrhagic disease, abbreviated VGBK.

Note! Animals at the age from two to six months suffer from a similar disease; other age groups are hardly affected by this disease.

Some rabbit breeders claim that death occurs most often in nursing females, as well as in pregnant rabbits. From which adult animals die, if the offspring is completely immune to infection. There is one simple explanation for this interesting phenomenon: babies feed on mother's milk, which contains nutrients necessary for immunity, therefore they are not affected by diseases.

According to experts, the virus UHBK can get into the cell by airborne droplets. The infection also spreads through contact between healthy and diseased individuals, through feces, wool, or affected food. Hemorrhagic disease most often appears in the summer, this dangerous disease can kill up to 90% of the livestock. The infection may be asymptomatic or acute.

Regardless of the course of the disease, the death of pets can occur within a day after the defeat. There are cases of recovery of rabbits, but why this is still unknown. Effective drugs for treating this dangerous disease have not yet been invented; only timely vaccination of animals can prevent it.

The second disease, coccidiosis, occurs through the penetration of parasites into the stomach and other internal organs of the animal. This disease can occur in three main forms:

Pets usually get sick on coccidiosis at the age of five months, and the infection can spread to the rabbit breeding farm regardless of the season. Parasites can enter the body of the animal through direct contact with a person or other pet.

Another reason for the spread of coccidiosis are insects. It is possible to determine the symptoms of the disease by abdominal distension, sudden weight loss, as well as anorexia and diarrhea. If tightened with treatment, the rabbit may die. To destroy the parasites in the body of the animal, you can use such drugs as Khimkokkokd, Trichopol and others.

How to save the rabbit from death

Careful attention to the maintenance of the pet - the basic rule of prevention of death of animals. Disinfection should be carried out according to a certain schedule, cleaned in the rabbit daily, change the water, monitor the quality of the feed. Insulate the cells in the winter and keep the rabbits in the shade in the summer.

Be sure to put new animals in quarantine to protect the rabbit from infections. It is important to carry out vaccinations in time, which can prevent many deadly diseases of rodents.

Thus, the main rule in breeding and keeping rabbits is to maintain order in housing, compliance with sanitary standards and control of the diet. Timely vaccination and inspection of pets can prevent the development of diseases and death of rodents. If it was not possible to save the animal, it is necessary to find out why the rabbit died, to check the remaining individuals for the presence of diseases and to conduct a thorough disinfection of the enclosure.