Found something odd

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by TNbear23, Feb 3, 2017.

  1. TNbear23

    TNbear23 Well-Known Member

    May 30, 2014
    East TN
    We have been raising rabbits for about two years now and have butchered a few dozen to date. Today we decided to take care of a couple. Well here is the odd thing, their abdominal cavities had fluid in it. There was not a large amount, but enough that it could be seen once it was skinned. It was clear, looked like water. All internal organs looked very normal in size and color. These two rabbits were approximately 16 weeks old. The only thing that I noticed while they were growing was one didn't seem to gain weight as fast as the others but he did gain and appeared healthy I'm concerned they may not be safe for us to eat. Has anyone else seen this? Should I be concerned? What causes this? Thanks in advance for any info.
  2. mfalconer

    mfalconer Active Member

    Jul 12, 2014
    Ontario, Canada
    I sometimes see some fluid, but not a huge amount. Was the animal bloated by the fluid? How much fluid? Any guess? If everything else appeared normal, I wouldn't worry.
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  3. Caprice Acres

    Caprice Acres AKA "mygoat" Staff Member Supporter

    Mar 6, 2005
    Fluid in the peritoneal cavity is abnormal. As to the cause, it could be a multitude of things. It sounds like ascites which can be from low blood protein or increased vascular resistance. There are multiple causes for this but without knowing what to look for, the exact cause is unknown.