Noise phobias in rabbits3rd October 2016
We’re probably all aware of the distress that fireworks can cause to dogs, but how often do we think of rabbits? There are literally thousands of rabbits living outside in gardens. They can also become very stressed with all the loud bangs at this time of year.
Watch out for the signs
- Stamping – you may hear a hard thumping sound as your pet rabbit stamps its hind feet.
- Motionless – rabbits are programmed to lie completely still when threatened.
- Ears flat – a stressed rabbit will hold its ears close to its head
- Trying to escape – if you try to handle your rabbit, you may find that it suddenly tried to make a quick exit. Hold tight and don’t let go.
- Loss of appetite – a very serious consequence of a rabbit getting stressed is that its intestines will stop working. Gut stasis is very common and must be treated as an emergency.
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What can you do to help?
- Inside – if you can, bring their home into the house or garage, do it now.
- Provide cover - partly cover cages with blankets so that they have some light and soundproofing.
- Hiding places – put extra cardboard boxes and bedding hay into their home so they can find somewhere with a feeling of security.
- Keep the noise out – close windows and doors, and draw the curtains.
- Background noise – turn on the TV, radio or play some other music.
- Monitor appetite and droppings – keep a close check that the hay provided is eaten, and that the normal rabbit droppings are being produced.
Need more help?
Don’t’ hesitate to speak to one of our vets or nurses if you are concerned or need more advice. We are here to help.