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Home Forums HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Bloody urine!?

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    Kenzie
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    Hello
    My rabbit Dusty uses a litter box and I noticed a redish hue in the litter. His litter box leaks urine underneath so I keep paper towels under it at all times. Upon lifting the litter box, I noticed the entire paper towel is soaked a red/orangey color (pic in link below). He recently stopped taking Meloxican 3 days ago that he’d been taking following a dental procedure he had, but he is still on another medicine that is a bright pepto-bismo colored pink, if this makes any difference. (added a pic of it under the original photo to show exactly what it is). He does have a vet appointment scheduled for three days from now, but I am just curious as to what people on this forum think it could be. I know rabbits can have bright orangey colored urine but this is brighter than its ever been and I am worried about if it actually looks like blood and if it is, what to do for now until his appointment. What do you guys think?
    Thanks in advance
    Photos of paper towel and the mediciation: https://imgur.com/a/YgGWrXN


    #1894523

    Wick
    Moderator

    That looks orange to me. You can do a test where you drop some hydrogen peroxide (typically found where you can by over the counter drugs, because it’s usually in first-aid kits), and if it bubbles, that means it’s blood.

    Urine changing color due to medication is not uncommon! When Wick was on azithromycin for syphilis, his urine turned neon orange.

    Orange urine is completely normal, but it doesn’t hurt to let your vet know!


    #1894525

    Bam
    Moderator

    Medication can change the colour of bun urine. They can also spontaneously release porphyrines into their urine for reasons not fully understood. Actual blood in bunny urine tends to show up as specks of red rather than uniformly red urine.

    You can test the urine by dripping hydrogen peroxide on it. If theres blood, it will foam (a lot). If it’s just urine, no foam. Forum leader Jerseygirl has tested this test on a bun she knew had blood in his urine. It foamed. Her other buns’urine didnt foam.

    Does he appear to be in any sort of pain when he pees? Does he seem to be straining to pee?


    #1894532

    Kenzie
    Participant

    He seems to be peeing normally from what I’ve seen. I’ll try the hydrogen peroxide trick, thanks guys!


    #1894546

    LBJ10
    Moderator

    I agree, it’s most likely the medication. But a quick test with some hydrogen peroxide should put your worries to rest.


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