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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HOUSE RABBIT Q & A > Rabbit ears- warm or cold?
Last Post by MimzMum at 10/11/2009 8:45 PM (25 Replies)
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User is Offline VelvetLion7
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10/09/2009 6:22 AM

This is kind of a silly question, but are bunny ears supposed to be warm or cold?  Or maybe it doesn't matter. . . Because I  noticed that Velvet always has really warm ears but Ruby's ears are always really cold.  Is that a problem? 


User is Offline Desma
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10/09/2009 6:26 AM
I am going to guess that the bunny with the cooler ears are standy uppy ears and the one with the warm ears are a lop eared?

User is Offline Sarita
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10/09/2009 6:27 AM
Rabbits regulate their temperature through their ears...I think as long as they seem fine I wouldn't worry.

And don't let people tell you they can tell their temperature either by the rabbits ears...that is absolutely not true, the ears are not an adequate indicator or their core temperature.

User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
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10/09/2009 6:28 AM
Huh...well I know that you can sort of get a general idea of the bunnies temp by ears...but not really. You'd need a thermometer.

My best 'understanding' of ear temp, because they use their ears to regulate body temperature is this. If the ears are cold, there is reduced blood flow to them, becasue they aren't currently trying to cool their temp. If they are wam, there is increased blood flow becasue they are cooling their temp.

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User is Offline Sarita
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10/09/2009 6:30 AM
Good point Desma :~)

User is Offline Karla
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10/09/2009 6:35 AM
Posted By Desma on 10/09/2009 09:26 AM
I am going to guess that the bunny with the cooler ears are standy uppy ears and the one with the warm ears are a lop eared?

That's exactly how it is with my two bunnies. Right on.

 


User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
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10/09/2009 6:35 AM
LOL Sarita-we posted at the same time
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User is Offline Desma
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10/09/2009 7:25 AM

I was given this knowledge from the alien bunny rabbits that landed on my roof last night! They told me that the type of ears that the bunnies have can have a lot to do with the circulation!! (actually, it was a good guess)


User is Offline VelvetLion7
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10/09/2009 7:26 AM
Lols. Sorry Desma, both of them have standy uppy ears. ;P It actually makes a lot of sense that they use their ears to regulate their body temperatures though, Velvet's ears are really warm but then, he is a fluffball and Ruby isn't. He keeps all the heat in really well. Thanks.

User is Offline Sarita
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10/09/2009 7:27 AM
I'd like to meet your alien bunny Desma :~)

User is Offline Dextervonbon
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10/09/2009 8:20 AM
Dexter's ears are always warm and he's a lop. But when he had GI stasis his ears were really cold. I don't know if it really had to do with it, but it's just something I realized at the time

User is Offline VelvetLion7
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10/09/2009 1:34 PM
=P I would like to meet the alien bunnies too. . . Lol. What is GI stasis?

User is Offline Sarita
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10/09/2009 1:46 PM

www.bio.miami.edu/hare/ileus.html

The above article is where I first learned ALOT about GI Stasis and it's a must read for all of us rabbit lovers.  In my own personal opinion it's probably the best artcile to answer your question.  I highly recommend you read this.


User is Offline SophieBun
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10/09/2009 3:09 PM
A rabbit's internal organs are very delicate; care must be taken to avoid bruising them and making the situation worse. After a bit of manual massage, try an electric vibrating massager. This seems to be as effective as manual massage, and it's worthwhile to invest in some type of massager with a large, flat surface that can be held against the bunny's tummy for relatively long periods. Press the massager firmly against the abdomen, start on low and work your way higher. The bunny may be a bit taken aback at first, but almost every bunny on whom we've tried massage has settled down and enjoyed the soothing vibrations. In addition to stimulating the muscles, the massage seems to help break up gas bubbles and ease colic. Massage as long and as often as the bunny will allow and enjoy.


Have you guys tried the massage dvd for bunnies?

User is Offline jerseygirl
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10/09/2009 4:33 PM
When rabbits go into shock their ears can get quite cold apparently. That said it normal for some to have coolish ears, so to tell when there is major changes it is a good idea to know what is "normal" range for your individual rabbits. It'll also give you an idea when they're getting too hot etc.
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User is Offline VelvetLion7
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10/09/2009 7:33 PM
Oh my goodness Sarita. GI Stasis sounds horrible. Eek. I don't think that Ruby has that, she doesn't show any of the symptoms. Phew. =)

User is Offline MimzMum
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10/09/2009 8:07 PM
I notice too that all three of my rabbits have very different ear temperatures (by feel) and sometimes they look red, as if freshly scratched. Other times, there is no red to be seen. I assume this is the circulatory system at work, cooling their little bodies.
I wish they had one of the "temple scanner thermometers" that you hear advertised so often on the radio, for bunnies. I just can't bring myself to *gulp* take their temperature the 'manual' way!
Our vet uses the thermometer that goes in the ear, but I've heard this is not as accurate as the traditional method.
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User is Offline Adalaide
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10/09/2009 9:05 PM
I can tell you that I have absolutely no desire to ever take a buns temperature the "traditional" way. She'd never forgive me assuming we ever got farther than her seeing a thermometer and running away.
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User is Offline VelvetLion7
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10/10/2009 9:05 AM
Lols. I agree with Adalaide. One look and they'd both be off. . . .

User is Offline RabbitPam
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10/10/2009 12:39 PM
Oh, I don't know...if you held the thermometer with a woolly fleece mitten they might fall in love.
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