Register

Dead Rabbit caused by heart attack? *pictures*

Discussion of all aspects of rabbits as meat animals. If this subject is offensive to you, please do not visit.
Posts: 30
Joined: August 20, 2019
Thanks: 7
Thanked: 8 in 7 posts
BunnyBucks: 203.00

Dead Rabbit caused by heart attack? *pictures*

Post Number:#1  Unread postby Mini Lop Fan » Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:58 pm


Hey everyone, well as the name suggest I have a dead rabbit. when I got home from the weekly grocery run I found that my mutt rabbit had gotten out of his outdoor pen, which I usually only put them in for a couple hours at a time, and was lying dead in the middle of our backyard. I have tried to piece together what could have happened and it runs like this: Our dog and our neighbors dogs were outside that morning and my poor rabbit had decided this was the morning he was going to dig out of his pen. Well he got out and the dogs chased him. He being probably the dumbest rabbit I have ever had, he didn't run for shelter and just stayed out in the open. The dogs caught him without mutilating or biting him and he died from fright. Now this is the weird thing, I could not find ANY bite wounds or anything except some blood coming from his nose and mouth. I think it must have been the neighbors dog who probably killed him initially, but not sure as our dog is generally very good with the rabbits. I am also assuming it was a heart attack, but I don't know...Do you guys have any guesses? Thankfully it wasn't any of my show Mini Lops and from now on I am going to be WAY more careful when putting them out.
IMG_20191116_122629826_HDR.jpg
IMG_20191116_122629826_HDR.jpg (266.67 KiB) Viewed 100 times

IMG_20191116_122613511_HDR.jpg
IMG_20191116_122613511_HDR.jpg (296.9 KiB) Viewed 100 times

Site Supporter
5 years of membership5 years of membership5 years of membership5 years of membership5 years of membership
User avatar
Posts: 736
Joined: February 15, 2014
Location: Austria
Austria
Thanks: 100
Thanked: 238 in 183 posts
BunnyBucks: 4,042.00

Re: Dead Rabbit caused by heart attack? *pictures*

Post Number:#2  Unread postby Preitler » Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:18 pm


Definitly possible. As far as I know they overload their heart in panic, lack of oxygen or whatever leaves permanent damage and they die from the shock, that can be hours later.
Had that happen with my buck when a fox attacked a few years back, no injury whatsoever, dead anyway:
post270894.html

A bloody nose can happen when he hit something or tried to run through a fence - in panic they either don't see it or expect it to part for them.
When scared they never go home, makes it a chore to herd them back to their hutches after nightfall when something spooked them.

Posts: 30
Joined: August 20, 2019
Thanks: 7
Thanked: 8 in 7 posts
BunnyBucks: 203.00

Re: Dead Rabbit caused by heart attack? *pictures*

Post Number:#3  Unread postby Mini Lop Fan » Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:32 pm


Thanks, that was very helpful. It would make sense that he tried to running through a fence.

Site Supporter
6 years of membership6 years of membership6 years of membership6 years of membership6 years of membership6 years of membership
User avatar
Posts: 2379
Joined: December 6, 2013
Location: Piney Flats ,Tn.
United States of America Male
Thanks: 1365
Thanked: 688 in 540 posts
BunnyBucks: 11,851.00

Re: Dead Rabbit caused by heart attack? *pictures*

Post Number:#4  Unread postby michaels4gardens » Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:45 pm


sometimes lungs hemorrhage, when rabbits kept in small places suddenly run more than they can handle, and heart attack follows. Happens to jack rabbits, and cottontails chased by dogs also .
meat-mutt rabbits, a few laying hens.

7 years of membership7 years of membership7 years of membership7 years of membership7 years of membership7 years of membership7 years of membership
Posts: 2460
Joined: May 25, 2012
Location: North Yorkshire, UK
Thanks: 17
Thanked: 349 in 262 posts
BunnyBucks: 14,490.00

Re: Dead Rabbit caused by heart attack? *pictures*

Post Number:#5  Unread postby GBov » Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:43 am


Mini Lop Fan wrote:Thanks, that was very helpful. It would make sense that he tried to running through a fence.


Where are you located?

I agree with everyone else but dang rabbits can find so many ways to die, I once lost one to a tiny bit of wire and would never have known how she did it if I had not seen her skewer herself on it.

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests