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If your rabbit is acting abnormally and you have concerns please take them to a vet immediately.
Are you curious what color rabbit urine is? You’re not alone! This is a question that many pet owners have, and it’s one that’s actually pretty easy to answer. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the different colors that rabbit urine can be, as well as what they may mean. So, what color is rabbit urine? Keep reading to find out!
|Color Urine||Description of Urine||Vet Trip?|
|Golden / Yellow||This urine color is completely normal||No|
|Orange||Typically an orange hue will mean your rabbit is slightly dehydrated. Add some greens or extra water to their daily intake.||No|
|Red||This is normally caused by dietary changes.||No|
|Clear||This is usually fine, however, if you’re having concerns a trip to the vet is key as it can be a sign of kidney problems.||Yes|
|Brown||This is a sign of dehydration. Add some greens or extra water to their daily intake.||No|
|Calcium / White||This is a sign of excess calcium being excreted, if this is a regular occurrence change their dietary plan and seek assistance from a veterinarian.||Yes|
|Sludge||This can be a sign of bladder stones, seek a veterinarian asap.||Yes|
|Blood / Red Spots||This can have a multitude of reasons, the red may be due to a dietary change. However, if this is blood, seek veterinarian assistance asap.||Yes|
Yellow urine is considered healthy, this will either be yellow or a slightly darker yellow but not quite brown.
Red Urine is typically a sign of a dietary change and is rarely an issue, this is commonly noticed when your rabbit’s urine is even red throughout rather than spots of red or a dark red. If this is blood, you will usually see this as blotches or spots of red. Red urine can come as a result of the following:
When in doubt, you can take your rabbit to a veterinarian for a urine sample (Urinalysis) which will help determine if there is blood in the urine and if it is fatal. This can lead to x-rays of your rabbit’s abdomen for signs of bladder stones or calcium sludge in the bladder and ureters/urethra.
Much like yellow urine, Orange and Brown urine is considered fairly healthy and not a sign of any issues. If your rabbit’s pee is orange or brown they will need more liquids in their diet as it is a sign of dehydration.
If your rabbit isn’t showing any signs of issues such as hunching, struggling to breathe, or being lethargic, they may simply not want to drink yet. You can help keep your rabbit hydrated easily with the following methods:
If your rabbit’s urine is white or slightly milky, this can simply be excess calcium being excreted. Your rabbit shouldn’t have any issues with absorbing calcium due to having a higher blood calcium level than most animals. This is due to the nutritional benefits of calcium which can be passed through urine.
If your rabbit is on a high calcium diet, you may find that they have regularly cloudy or milky urine and this is a sign that their diet will need to be changed. A common sign of this is a high percentage of alfalfa hay rather than timothy hay. Once your rabbit is 3 months or older, we recommend swapping them to timothy hay products rather than alfalfa.
If your rabbit has regular excess calcium for a long period of time, you should take your rabbit to a veterinarian to make sure they are not building up calcium crystals which can lead to a urinary tract infection.