What Can I Give My Rabbit For Diarrhea?


A rabbit experiencing diarrhea is very serious. In the case of rabbits, diarrhea could be deadly if not treated as it can lead to a rabbit becoming severely dehydrated. Dehydration can then lead to a slew of additional serious medical problems.

Diarrhea in its true form is rare in adult rabbits and is more common in baby rabbits and juveniles. It can occur quickly and cause deaths of young rabbits within hours. Should your pet be experiencing diarrhea, monitor them closely and note symptoms like loss of appetite, lethargy, or runny stool, take the kit immediately to an experienced rabbit veterinarian.

Diarrhea is distinguished by watery or mushy fecal droppings. It may be caused by any of the following:

  • Intestinal parasites or inflammation of the intestine;
  • Stress or trauma;
  • Bad diet management including overfeeding of a fresh green or malnutrition.

As a reminder, a rabbit’s diet needs to be balanced; they should receive no more than 1 to 2 oz. per 6 lbs. body weight in fruits per day, an average of 2-3 cups of fresh chopped vegetables per day, unlimited hay, unlimited supply of water and high-quality pellet food depending on their age and size.

Addressing Rabbit Diarrhea

If you’ve confirmed that your bunny has developed diarrhea, first and most importantly, keep your friend hydrated. Diarrhea is usually caused by a bad diet or a gastric irritation. It is usually caused by a change in food, unhygienic surroundings or sickness from another animal.

Diarrhea should not be taken lightly. While keeping your pet hydrated, keep your veterinarian updated on what’s happing and as a home therapy, provide it with a good and balanced diet along with a clean and soothing environment.

Diet management is key and this should focus on high fiber that will help correct the balance of nutrients going to the cecum for fermentation and maintains the normal population of “good” bacteria. A low fiber diet may throw the fermentation process out of balance that will result in production of harmful toxin producing bacteria leading to diarrhea, dehydration and eventually, death.

Identify any stressors like temperatures, change in feed or travel that can cause your bunnies to become tense, irritable and susceptible to diarrhea?

Do not self-medicate without your doctor’s advice. Using certain antibiotics may alter the population of microorganisms in the cecum and destroy beneficial bacteria which allow an increase in the number of harmful toxin producing bacteria. If antibiotics are necessary due to illness, only use those recommended for rabbits by your veterinarian. Do not use antibiotics continuously as a preventative.

The best home treatment would be to take away your bunny’s feed for 2-3 days and provide only water and small amounts of hay. If your bunny’s stool improves, gradually begin feeding small amounts of feed each day until full feed is resumed within 2-3 days. Should the situation worsen or remain the same, call your veterinarian.

Prevention and Proper Care

The best way to take care of your pet and prevent diarrhea is by ensuring a proper and well balanced diet. Limit feed intake in all of your rabbits, except lactating does and newly weaned bunnies which should be feed free choice.

Good sanitation and management practices can also help prevent diarrhea from developing. Be sure your rabbit has proper housing and protection from the elements and predators to keep them healthy and happy.

When it comes to diet, do not suddenly change your pet’s feed because rabbits have sensitive stomachs and any rapid change may update their digestive anatomy. Experts advice pet owners that changes in diet should be done gradually, over 7-10 days. This will give your rabbit time to adjust and get used to the taste but for their system to adapt to the new food item.

You will need to slowly increase the new item while lowering the older product. This is the same for weaning babies or changing their formula. Rabbits are creatures of habit when it comes to eating so try to feed your rabbit at the same time each day, ideally in the evening, due to your rabbit’s nocturnal nature.

Remember the following tips:

  • Try to serve a mix of three or more vegetables each day for variety.
  • Food that contains high amounts of sugar, such as fruit, should be served occasionally as a treat.
  • Don’t serve your pet any food items unless you know they’re organic, clean and safe.
  • Any food that causes diarrhea should be removed from the diet immediately!

16 Responses to “What Can I Give My Rabbit For Diarrhea?”

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  1. Tanya says:

    Hi there
    I
    My beautiful pet rabbit called Roger Dale,has had sloppy and runny stool for the past couple of days now and im getting a little worried.He has been doin pebbles but also sloppy as well.Im wondering if i should take him to a vet or not.I havnt changed anything in his diet.So im a little concerned.And i have been cleaning his behind with warm water as its getting stuck to him..

    • Tony says:

      hi what you saying its to late for my rabbits all i asked where can i buy some medicine for it to kill the parastise mix with water do you know where other then this info .is use less to me
      thank you.

    • Lori Massey says:

      No food except pellets and Timothy hay…just went through this and this is what my vet recommended and it worked..my little bunny is back to her old self!!!

    • munaf says:

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  2. doesn't matter? says:

    Thanks, this really helped me be aware of what I am feeding my bunny and how to prevent serious problems. I as a reader. Would listen to this websit, they seem to know what they are talking about. Freckles and Cinnamon will appreciate this??

  3. Stephie says:

    My female 10months old rabbit has been grinding teeth & not ate for 2days. I gave her gas X & some probiotics. Treat her hay & water. She ate & poop. But poop become runny this day. Diarrhea? She acts all normal except grinding teeth loud. Pls ans me, thanks

    • Rabbit Freak says:

      Get her to a vet asap. Does she has all her vaccinations? Only way to be sure what is wrong is bringing her to a vet if things did not improve already.

  4. Jessica says:

    My rabbit had very bad diarrhea for days and was not eating so I took her to the vet. She wasn’t dehydrated and her vitals were good, however the vet gave her antiobiotics. She basically went into shock and died a few hours later. It was horrible. Another vet told me he should not have given her antiobiotics!

  5. hi, I have a 3yo. Make rabbit who just went through 15 DAYS! If no bowel movement.
    The vet had him on Cisapride, Reglan injections, Flagyl oral, Metacam oral, simethicone, and critical care. This morning when I woke, he had went in the litter box , but it was the consistency of pudding. I was over joyed he finally had a BM, but now im scared of the diarrhea. I’m waiting to call my vet when they open at 9:00. I may not be able to speak with my bunnies actual vet because it’s Sunday, but they have other rabbit vets there. I am very worried about my bunny. It has only been 6 hours with the diarrhea and I am waiting to see if they start to take shape and get a little better. Meanwhile my bunny is begging me for bananas. I’m afraid because of the15 days of stasis to give him sugar or starched foods. He is scratching the cabinet where the banana’s are and trying to drag whole banana out. I gave him one small aslice and he inhaled it and begged for more. What are the best foods I can feed to calm the diarrhea without causing more of a problem or GI slow down? I wanted to hear from experienced bunny owners. Not just my vet. Sometimes bunny owners know a lot more through experience. Any help would be great. Thank you
    Maryann Farrell

  6. Hi, I left an earlier message (Maryann Farrell) spell check changed a word.
    I have a 3 yo. Megacolon bunny.
    [ not a 3yo make bunny] ??

  7. Philip Kong says:

    Hi.my bunny has been with us since last 2 weeks, i feed him with rabbit food, hay and carrot at the same time daily…would it be too heavy and unbalance?
    this morng he was started diarrhea badly, what should i do now…a bit worry,please help! thank you very much!

  8. Yuri says:

    i adopt from a bad pet shop 3days ago.. (I called it bad pet shop coz they don’t care about animals.. They just want to sell it.) they supposed to sell me two bunnies. 4months old. But I noticed the white one is not moving and has diarreah . So I adopt my Wiggles. 1st day he’s trying to adjust.. 1days I gave him treats and he like it.. In evening omg he ACTED LIKE A DOG. I dunno if all rabbits were like that. But he follow every where I go. And when I call his name he come up to me like waiting for his treats. For two days he already created a bond between us. I’m so shocked. Isn’t rabbit supposed to be rough at the first time .. But wiggles is a sweet thing. 3rd day he suddenly don’t eat or drink. He even refuse his treats. He started going at the corner of the house and won’t come to me, I gave him space. But then he’s pees is brown., then I realized he’s poo is wet.. He has diarreah ???? its so painful to me coz its my bday today and I can’t have a dead son on my bday. I don’t have syringe to forcely feed him so he won’t get dehydrated, coz drugstores are close at this time. I’m so worried he will be gone, he sleep with us, and now he won’t even want to go near me, he’s bottom have a lot of feces I can’t clean it coz he won’t let me. I don’t know what to do help me pls.

  9. Gardenia says:

    My baby rabbit is 1 week old. He is diarrhea. What can i do for him and our town has not a vet. I really worry. Please tell me how can i care.

  10. Isabel Crosbie says:

    How do I treat diarrhear on my dewarf bunny rabbit how do I stop it he’s off his hay now and food and his water can you please help me he’s only 3 years old Thankyou .isabel Crosbie

  11. Emily says:

    My lovely bunny named B-Rabbit has been having diarrhea for about a day along with regular stool- I have feed him some carrots recently and I found out my sisters have been overfeeding him with the carrots and also gave him iceberg lettuce instead of romaine lettuce. I have stopped the the treats and will be watching him closely but should I take him to be check or wait to see improvement? He has the pellets along with Timothy hay and fresh clean water at all times. Could it have been from the overfeeding?

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