As temperatures rise, rabbits need to eat fresher food and drink more water. To avoid problems such as dehydration, we must pay attention to the amount of water and liquids that these cottontails consume on a daily basis. But how much does a rabbit need to drink to stay healthy?
Rabbits do not need a lot of water to survive, however it is necessary that water is not lacking in their diet, especially during summer. These little Leporidae are well prepared for the cold, but a little less so for the heat. Hence, to protect them from heat stroke and dehydration, it is a good idea to ensure they consume a suitable amount of water each day.
Rabbits need at least a quarter litre of water per day, to be consumed through both food and drinking water. Their diet usually consists of hay, pellets and vegetables, but when it gets hot, you can add wild herbs, which are also rich in water.
How to recognise dehydration in rabbits
Liquid deficiency affects the function of many of the rabbit’s organs and may lead to:
– renal insufficiency
– heart arrhythmia
– drowsiness and apathy
A vet will be able to diagnose dehydration by lifting the rabbit’s skin to examine its elasticity. If the skin tends to remain pinched and wrinkled before returning to its natural position, it means that the bunny is dehydrated. If this is the case, your vet will administer treatment. If the dehydration is mild, all that is needed is to modify the rabbit’s diet, introducing foods that are rich in water and increasing doses consumed.
How to avoid rabbit dehydration
We must always ensure there is fresh and clean water at room temperature available for the rabbit. The Azimut dispenser from Ferplast is a truly practical device, as its transparent tank with capacity indicator allows you to keep an eye on the water level at all times. In addition, the bottom has non-slip rubber feet, so that the rabbit won’t move it about or spill the contents all over the floor. It is recommended that the water be changed once a day.
As with any living creature, water is indispensable for bunnies too. Just a few little tricks can ensure our furry friends stay healthy for longer!