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What is Bleeding From the Nose?

Epistaxis may be a one time occurrence or it may be a recurring issue. In either case, bleeding from the nose is not a common or normal condition in rabbits and should be considered serious, warranting a visit to the veterinarian. 

Without effective and proper treatment, persistent or recurrent epistaxis can cause aspiration, hypotension, and hypoxia, as well as severe and deadly cardiovascular complications for your rabbit. Due to the potentially dangerous nature of bleeding from the nose in rabbits, it is highly recommended that you immediately contact your veterinarian if you notice signs of epistaxis.

Bleeding from the nose in rabbits is a condition that is also known as epistaxis. It's a serious noninfectious condition that can be fatal if not treated.

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Symptoms of Bleeding From the Nose in Rabbits

Depending on the severity and the reason why your rabbit is bleeding from his nose, he may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Black stool (if your rabbit is swallowing blood)
  • Bleeding from his nose in any degree
  • Blood stains on his front paws
  • Lack of appetite for food, water, or both
  • Nasal discharge
  • Other symptoms (that can relate to an underlying cause)
  • Sneezing

If your rabbit is showing any of the symptoms listed above, you should have him seen by your veterinarian immediately. If left untreated, this condition can lead to other complications (such as aspiration) and may become a life-threatening condition.

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Causes of Bleeding From the Nose in Rabbits

Bleeding from the nose in rabbits can occur for a variety of different reasons which may include one the following:

  • Calicivirus
  • Blood clotting disorder
  • Space-occupying lesions (often due to malignancy or abscess)
  • Systemic disease
  • Trauma
  • Vascular disease
  • Unhealthy or unsanitary conditions
  • Weak immune systems
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Diagnosis of Bleeding From the Nose in Rabbits

If you observe your rabbit bleeding from his nose it is important for you to remain calm and contact your veterinarian immediately. It is also extremely important to keep your rabbit as relaxed and still as possible to prevent the nose from bleeding more profusely. As well, it is of the utmost importance that you try and slow down or stop the blood that is coming from your rabbit's nose. The most effective way for you to do this is to place a cold compress on the bridge of your rabbit's nose and apply a little pressure.

Bleeding from the nose in rabbits can be an extremely crucial situation and possibly life-threatening, due to major bleeding. However, there are a variety of treatment options that are available, which will depend on the reason why your rabbit is bleeding from his nose and the  severity of the event. Whether you are successful or not at stopping the bleeding, contact the clinic for an appointment.

Upon arrival at the clinic, it is important to let the veterinary team know if your rabbit has experienced any type of nosebleeds or symptoms before. In addition, describe any recent event with your rabbit that may have caused the bleeding from his nose.

The first thing your veterinarian will want to do is stop the bleeding if it hasn't already stopped. She'll most likely want to act promptly and use a hemostatic agent to stop your rabbit’s nose from bleeding before moving forward with the diagnostic process. However, it's important to note that in some cases, controlling or stopping the bleeding altogether can take a considerable amount of time. Once the bleeding is under control your veterinarian will perform a thorough examination which will include taking your rabbit's temperature and weighing him. 

She will then examine your rabbit for any visual signs of injuries or symptoms which will include checking your rabbit's mouth for any signs of dental disease or injuries to his teeth. If your veterinarian is unable to find or see a dental or other visible injury, she will then order and conduct a series of tests that may include one or more of the following:

  • Biochemistry
  • Coagulation profile
  • Culture
  • Cytology
  • Hematology
  • Histology
  • MRI
  • CT scan
  • Rhinoscopy
  • Skull radiography
  • Thoracic radiography
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Treatment of Bleeding From the Nose in Rabbits

There are a variety of therapeutic treatment options that are commonly used when dealing with epistaxis in rabbits which fall under two different categories, one being medical and the other being surgical. The treatment option your veterinary caregiver chooses to treat your rabbit will ultimately depend on what she determines to be the exact reason your rabbit is bleeding from his nose. 

Medical treatment options to stop the bleeding include cauterization using electrocautery or silver nitrate, gauze pads, hemostatic sponges, or cotton with a balloon and vasoconstrictor agent. 

Surgical treatment options may include arterial ligation, cryosurgery, embolization, and septoplasty. In either case, the main goal of any treatment option is to stop the bleeding and decrease the chances of complications or a more serious condition from occurring. Additionally, if your veterinarian determines that your rabbit has an infection she will prescribe antibiotics.

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Recovery of Bleeding From the Nose in Rabbits

All in all, the prognosis for your rabbit will vary greatly depending upon the exact cause as well as the severity of the epistaxis. However, as with many conditions, diseases, or trauma events, once your rabbit is on the road to recovery, he should do well under your care. Provide him with a healthy diet, clean fresh water, plenty of exercise, and a clean environment. Return to the clinic as needed for follow-up appointments.

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Bleeding From the Nose Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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My rabbit ran away and I found him this morning bleeding from his nose and mouth, he can move but barely does it

Aug. 5, 2020

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Hello It appears that your rabbit sustained some type of trauma. I recommend that you take him to a veterinarian for an exam. He may need pain medication and possibly x-rays. Hope he feels better soon.

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This morning I fed my rabbit food Lettuce and Cilantro. The after that I checked outside and she looked weak and had a nose bleed. I don't know how to treat her and I also couldn't find a vet that will treat her. What can I do? Please Help!

Oct. 18, 2017

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Nosebleeds in rabbits may be caused by a few different causes which may include viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD), other infections, dental disease, trauma, coagulation disorders, foreign objects and other causes. Without examining Peanut it is impossible to say what the specific cause is, each specific cause requires a different course of treatment; try calling a charity clinic or a large animal clinic to see if they are able to assist you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Is this contagious to other rabbits

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Is this contagious to other rabbits

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My baby rabbit has fallen from a height ,bleeding in his nose plz help me to recover my baby

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My rabbit is a female, not spayed. She is approx. 10 months. We took her to the vet for constant sneezing, causing discharge and a minor bleed at one point. They treated her with antibiotics, which made her sneezing less severe, but it didn't completely go away. She just gave birth for the third time to 6 babies, who are all in good health so far and about 4 days old. She was slightly underweight after birth at about 3.5 pounds. We feed her veggies(mostly spinach) every morning, and pellets everytime the bowl is almost empty, because we are worried about her weight. We think her sneezing caused her nose to bleed. We came and saw her with blood all over her snout and nose, as well as her paws. It seemed excessive, and I am worried. We are thinking that she breathed in some hair from the birth. She pulled out a lot for the babies! Her last birth, the runt sadly past, and the other 2 are healthy with their new parents. Her first birth, she had 2 babies who both died. After this, we will no longer breed her, and let her live the life she deserves. We have extra antibiotics from our previous vet trip a month and a half ago. Should we give her those? Would they help? We don't want to take her to the vet due to the pandemic, causing financial issues. We don't have any charity clinics near us. Please help! I hope you see this.

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