Red urine in rabbits

3rd January 2016

Over the years we’ve have had many worried owners rushing into Bollington Veterinary Centre thinking their rabbit has blood in its urine. The sudden sight of red may not always be as bad as you fear.

Should you be worried?

If your pet rabbit is otherwise well, eating, drinking and behaving normally, it is quite likely that the red coloration in the urine is just pigmentation.

Normal rabbit urine can vary in colour from being clear, yellow and pale, through to being red or brown, cloudy and even chalky in appearance.

However there are some medical conditions that can also produce red coloration which need treatment. It’s always best to get it checked one of our vets.

What needs to be done?

Firstly, get a urine sample and bring it to us at our clinic. We can do some quick tests to find out if the colour change is due to blood or just pigment. We can also give your pet a health check to find out if there are any other medical reasons why there might be blood. We’ll need to have a feel of their tummy and bladder as well as checking for other signs of health.

Make an appointment for us to check your pet if you have any worries.

Some of the conditions we need to rule out include;

  • Cystitis – a bladder infection.
  • Bladder stones – calcium stones can grow within the bladder.
  • Sludge – a thick creamy putty like sludge can form in the urine.
  • Uterine disease - including uterine adenocarcinoma (a cancer which is very common in older unmated entire females).

What other tests may need to be carried out?

  • X-rays
  • Ultrasound scans
  • Urine culture
  • Blood tests

These will all help us to build up a picture of what is happening in the urinary system of your pet.