A Rabbit having a wet nose does not indicate that the Bunny is sick. There is a lot of Blood Flow to Rabbits and all animal noses. That is why some rabbits that have no pigment in their noses, their noses look pink. Moisture helps in two ways. First to cool the animal and then Second a wet nose helps the Rabbits to smell better.
- Evaporation – a Bunny’s nose when it is wet helps cool the bunny’s overall body temperature. Since there is so many Blood vessels there it works to cool its blood
- Scent – Water Molecules have the ability to trap tiny scent particles and help the Rabbit smell to be more acute –
- Rabbits have over 100 Million Scent cells in their nose – they have a highly developed sense of smell
Is a Rabbit’s Nose Supposed to be Wet
A Rabbits nose can be either Wet or Dry, he is fine with both. If the Bunny is Hot and overheated he will keep his nose wet to help with evaporation to cool him down.
Especially on Hot Days, they will be trying to cool themselves. So if your Rabbit has a wet nose or a dry nose it is fine. Things are normal.
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What Causes a Rabbits Wet Nose
A Rabbit will use its tongue to lick its nose or paws to keep it moist. The Rabbit’s nose does not have any sweat glands. So the only way his nose gets wet is if he licks it, or does so when he is getting a drink. Also if he is trying to smell any signs of danger or food.
What Temperature Should a Rabbit Be
The normal range of Temperature that a rabbit will be will range from 100 – 103 Degrees. It can vary for different reasons some of them are
Factors that Affect a Rabbits Temperature
- Individuality of Rabbit
- Time of Day
- If Rabbit is sick
- If a rabbit stops eating, its temperature can drop
- Low temps rabbits can easily go into shock
How to take the Temperature of a Rabbit
You need to use a rectal thermometer on the little guy. They usually do not struggle. If you lay them gently on their back. Then lube it, Insert it and make sure it is not being interfered with by rabbit feces coming out.
How Do I Know if My Rabbit is Cold
You need to become accustomed to being able to look at your bunny and see if he might be in some kind of distress. Getting Cold can be fatal to a bunny.
Rabbits are built to survive in extremely cold weather conditions. They have a very fast metabolism. And will consume more food to generate the heat they need.
- If your Rabbit is shivering
- If Your Rabbit stops eating – they cannot generate the energy to stay warm
- If your Rabbit starts breathing through its mouth. When rabbits breathe normally through their nose. That process warms the outside air so that it is warmer going into the rabbit’s body.
- If your rabbit is sick
- If your rabbit is dehydrated – especially in winter – Rabbits water can freeze
- If your Rabbit becomes lethargic
- Rabbits do good in cold weather, but if temps are below 20 degrees, if there is winds, drafts, they can amplify chill factors.
How Do I Know if my Rabbit is ill
It’s very important to spot early if your rabbit is struggling. Here are some symptoms to watch for
- Rabbit is stiff
- Rabbit stops eating
- Changes in Poop
- Hair Messed up, ruffled, matted – rabbit stopped grooming itself
- Not Normal Noises
- Discharge from Eyes
- Discharge from Nose
- Ears look infected
- Eyes Glassy
- Shaking Head side to side
Can Bunnies get Runny Noses / Rabbit Sneezing
Yes, Rabbits can catch colds. They can suffer from Respiratory Problems. Thewy can get Pneumonia. Also, the signs of this are discharge coming from their noses, and also if they are sneezing a lot.
Rabbits also can catch a Rabbit Infection Called “Snuffles”. Unfortunately once caught it seems to stay with the Rabbit all his life. This is described as a Chronic Infection of a Rabbit’s nose and eyes.
Snuffles, this respiratory infection called paranasal sinusitis, it is caused by the bacteria – Pasteurella multocids . It affects a Rabbits Eyes, Ears, Mouth, Lung, and also manifest in Skin Lesions.
Some of the thought that might cause Snuffles are some of these
- Rabbits with Dental Disease / Overgrown Teeth, the roots of the teeth are so close to eyes and nasal passages.
- Tear Ducts can become blocked the giving opportunity for infection
- Not enough Free air, High Concentrations of Urine, Pine shavings in a poorly ventilated Hutch
- General Poor Health
“Snuffles” in your Rabbit is a very serious concern.
- Runny Nose
- Nasal Discharge
- Head Tilt
- Skin Sores
- Wet facial Fur / Matted
- Wet Paws
Snuffles are Very Contagious and Infected Rabbit should be isolated from Rest
If you find infection isolate the bunny and treat all his cage and living environment with a thorough cleaning with a mild bleach solution, to kill any bacteria.
Many Vets will make a diagnosis on physical observations, this can be confirmed with Xrays and Blood work.
Can Rabbits Die of Snuffles
Yes, if your rabbit is not taken care of and properly-being treated, it can be fatal. Since it is very contagious, needs to be taken very seriously. Most rabbits showing symptoms, do have it, and when other rabbits in the same area, 10% have it but are then showing no symptoms.
What is the Treatment for Snuffles in Rabbits
Veterinarians will usually prescribe an antibiotic to treat the Bacteria. Care has to be taken not to damage the rabbit’s stomach and intestines with the medicines.
Also giving the Rabbits probiotics helps replenish the good bacteria the rabbits need to be healthy. Some strong antibiotics will destroy the good bacteria and it needs to be replenished. Ina Bunny or a Person.
- Healthy Diet
- Stress-Free Environment
- Plenty of Exercises
- Fresh Grass
Snuffles can be passed to Humans
Bacterial infection can be spread to people. It usually happens by bacteria entering an open cut, break in our protective skin somewhere.
A large part of Prevention lies in a very Strong and Healthy Diet, Clean freshwater, and goo clean living conditions. A rabbit living in a strong Healthy environment, will have a stronger immune system and be able to shed off some of the germs they are exposed to, but for the bunny that has already been infected, here are some suggestions from British Homeopathic .org They have these suggestions
- Diet – Rabbits were designed to eat grass – that is what is healthiest – fresh Green Grass.
- Check teeth for proper wear – provide food for the Bunnys teeth
- Do Not use essentials oils, they are too strong for your rabbit
|Apple Cider Vinegar / Olive Oil||Ear mites|
|Garlic||Natural Antibiotic / Parasites|
|Rasberry Leaves||Helps in Healthy Labor|
|Comfrey||General healing of Bones|
|Echinacea||Strengthens Immune System|
|Rosemary||Exhaustion / Stress|
|Willow Bark||Pain Relief|
How Do you Clear a Rabbit’s Nose
Here are some suggestion to help relieve your Rabbits discomfort
- Warm Compresses / Helps clear the tear ducts if they are clogged
- Small Eyedropper – carefully suck any over the amount of Discharge. Gently – just as you would do a baby.
- You vet may suggest pediatric antihistamine such as Benadryl, to help dry up and shrink inflamed nasal passages. Added to water
Can Rabbits Snuffles be Passed to Dogs
Yes, Snuffles is a bacterial infection and can be passed to other animals and people. It is best to isolate the Bunny while he is getting Better. Just like people, if persons or dogs, pr another Rabbits immune system is hitting on all 8 cylinders they will just be fine when exposed. But if they are weakened by sickness, poor diet, etc, it can be passed on. Again most often through an open cut or wound.
Rabbits Wet Nose Stress
It is also thought, that a highly stressed Rabbit is also prone to catch Snuffles. Stress weakens a whole body’s system of health and immunity. It has been understood that people in the high-stress environments will have compromised health systems, fro their environment. Same with Bunnies.
Rabbit Coughing Sound
One of the most common signs that a rabbit is struggling with health issues, is the Rabbit Coughing. A vet will take a stethoscope to listen to the Rabbits Lungs. We Have raised rabbits and Bichon Frise’s fro 30 Years. We have always had a Stethoscope around. You can listen to their lungs, hearts, etc. A coughing sound can indicate several possibilities
- Something stuck in their throat, offer water, their throat is so small a Vet may need to look down the bunnies throat with special Light
- Abscess in Throat
- Teeth issue, Rabbit cannot cut up and chew his feed properly if front incisors are overgrown