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Forum DIET & CARE Bladder sludge??

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    • Rainn
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      Hello, today I noticed that Rain urinated in my bathroom which she never does. It wasn’t normal either, it was thicker and browner which makes me think of bladder sludge. The issue is that I can’t take her to a vet, my parents are very strict about adhering to social distancing policies. It’s seriously not possible to convince them otherwise, I’ve tried on many occasions, and as of now I can’t drive myself. Could it be sludge, or is her urine unusual because of too many pellets/too many veggies and not enough consumption of hay? She could be shoving it under her litter and not actually eating it which I need to check more often. If it is sludge, what should I do to help it return to normal? Thank you.


    • DanaNM
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      Was it actually sludgey? Like was it a thick paste with white calcium particles in it? Do you notice her straining to urinate? If you remove the bedding from her litter box temporarily and just put a layer of hay in it, you can get a better look at her urine out put to see if there is more evidence of sludge.

      Some calcium in the urine is not a huge cause for alarm as long as the urine is still liquid. Maybe it also looked different to you since it wasn’t in her litter box? Rabbits normally excrete excess calcium in urine. Encouraging hay intake (and water) is never a bad idea if you are concerned.

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    • Bam
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      Here is an article on bladder sludge vs normal rabbit urine, with pictures. It’s from Medirabbit, a trusted source. Normal rabbit pee comes in many colors and there’s practically always some calcium deposit in it, because that’s how he healthy rabbit eliminates dietary calcium that it doesn’t need. Rabbit pee should never be colorless and completely clear.

      http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/Uro_gen_diseases/generalities/Sludge.htm


    • MrsBunny
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      I would encourage her to eat more hay.  I don’t know how many vegetables you are giving her. Maybe decrease the amount of veggies. Sending you and her good vibes.

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