Why does it sound like my rabbit has a stuffy nose?

Why does it sound like my rabbit has a stuffy nose?

Rabbits with snuffles have symptoms that look like a cold in humans. They will have mucus coming from the nostrils. They may also have runny eyes. There will be breathing problems, possibly some wheezing, coughing and sneezing, and your rabbit will feel poorly.

What does it mean when a rabbit makes a sneezing noise?

If the sneezing is frequent and accompanied by a runny nose or eyes, consult a vet. A very quiet sound and easy to miss, this is sometimes heard in rabbits who are not particularly enjoying something but are resigned to it, for example if you are brushing their fur.

What should I do if my Bunny is sneezing?

Keep your rabbit’s nose clean. If your rabbit is still sneezing and has a runny nose, use a damp cotton pad to clean away any discharge. Rabbits can only breathe through their noses, so it’s essential that you keep their nostrils clear and free of blockage.

Is it normal for a rabbit to have a runny nose?

It is common for a rabbit to be sneezing with no discharge. However, you might also see your rabbit has a runny nose when they sneeze. If more mucus comes while they are sneezing, it is likely that the rabbit ha some sort of respiratory illness. In these cases, it is normal to detect nasal discharge.

Why does my Bunny snort?

Sneezing or snorting. Rabbits may sneeze when confronted with a strong scent they dislike, as an expression of disgust. Sometimes, of course, it is just because they have dust up their nose! If the sneezing is frequent and accompanied by a runny nose or eyes, consult a vet.

Can rabbits have a blocked nose?

Rabbits cannot breathe through their mouth if their nose is blocked. Attempted mouth breathing is a sign of respiratory distress and is often accompanied by a blue tinge to the lips and nose. This is a serious and life-threatening condition that needs emergency attention by your vet.

What does labored breathing look like in a bunny?

The time to get worried is if breathing is laboured (long hard breaths rather than rapid panting in rabbits) or grunting. If the lips and tongue are blue tinted, your bunny is not getting enough oxygen. Sitting still with head slightly tilted upward is a clear sign of inability to breathe. Call the vet immediately.

Why is my bunny breathing heavy?

Infections, an allergy, passive smoking, heart disease and tumours are all conditions that cause breathing problems in rabbits. Pain can also cause fast breathing. Book an emergency appointment with your vet if you are worried about your rabbit’s breathing.

Why is my rabbit having trouble breathing?

How should my bunny be breathing?

What’s normal? A normal, healthy rabbit should take 30-60 breaths per minute (when calm). They should have a clean nose, clear eyes without discharge and breathe almost silently with no real effort.