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Really smelly Rabbit Urine
« on: October 31, 2011, 07:06:54 PM »
Hello so i have a Rex Rabbit named Lizzy and she is going to be two years old in may. Well its gotten worse since she was a baby but she has really bad smelling Urine. She drinks A LOT too! She eats her bedding (aspen) even when she has a full bowl of food so I'm a little confused about that.. I told my pre-vet tech teacher and she said it could be a vitamin deficiency, but i dont really know what that is. What do you thin :rattysmiley:k?
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Re: Really smelly Rabbit Urine
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2011, 07:21:37 PM »
What else does she eat? Can you tell what color her urine is?

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Re: Really smelly Rabbit Urine
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2011, 07:38:21 PM »
Her food is just basic rabbit food, she is getting good nutrition from, it doesn't have anything extra in it just the pellets.
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Re: Really smelly Rabbit Urine
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2011, 08:37:47 PM »
Does she eat hay? This is a very important part of her diet she needs access to it 24/7. If she isn't getting that it may be effecting her system. The pellets are good too for vitamins/minerals but they only need a little bit a day, my 5 lb bun gets 1/4 cup a day. It sounds like you have a good type since there aren't any other bits in it. :) My rabbit drinks a ton too. I have to change her litter box every 2 or so days or else it gets to smelling kind of nasty...

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Re: Really smelly Rabbit Urine
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2011, 08:51:34 PM »
She also needs hay and fresh veggies and the occasional fruit. Pellets are an important part of a diet but they are only part of a diet.  Oxbow is a good brand of rabbit pellets, btw. Hay (I use oat, timothy, and/or orchard grass - no alfalfa) should be given daily. Most feed companies reccommend 1oz of pellets for every pound the rabbit weighs (so a 4lb rabbit should have 4oz of food, which is 1/2 cup). HOWEVER, when you feed veggies and hay, you reduce it.

I read an article once in one of the Domestic Rabbit magazines that was written by a vet discussing how apple cider vinegar (I do 1 tsp per 16oz water) can help reduce urine smell AND aids in digestion. I have been for over 8 years so I can't tell you which issue - lol. (Am no longer a member, when I retired from showing I let my membership lapse but am debating on rejoining as you do get a lot of great information... I also am a member of the AFRMA which you also get quite a bit of good info when you first sign up). Anyway, I have 12 rabbits and you never really notice a smell. Even the guy I have doing the once a month deep clean for me right now (it's to help his family out, I am perfectly capable but they have a 3 year old and 12 year old and need extra money so his kids get some sort of a Christmas as he was layed off) never notices a smell. Not sure how much it helps with digestion BUT it must help with the urine smell.

Also, what type of litter or you using? There are some litters that help reduce odor smells. In the litter boxes, I sprinkle baking soda on the bottom.
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Re: Really smelly Rabbit Urine
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2011, 04:47:23 PM »
I did forget to mention her urine is kind of darker.. Her bedding is Aspen which i know is one of the healthiest for them so thats why i use it.
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Re: Really smelly Rabbit Urine
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2011, 07:48:08 PM »
It can turn dark if she has been eating dark veggies.. carrots can turn it funky (give those in moderation--very high in sugar!). The House Rabbit Society's website says it can even show up when the seasons change at the first sign of cold. It should usually go away in a few days.

If her urine is thick too, it could be something like bladder sludge from eating too much calcium. This is something she would need to see a vet for sooner than later. There is some good info on the House Rabbit Society's website, here I would suggest you read to see if anything that they describe matches what you're seeing with your bun. That site is a wealth of info!!