Help! Rabbit has white eggs? on his feces

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  1. Jan 20, 2020 #1

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    My rabbit just poo'd and while cleaning it up I realized he had abnormal white "dots" loosely attached to his poops. I'm a "new-ish" bunny mom who has never come across this, and google has not given me the results I am looking for. Does anyone know what this could be and should I be concerned?

    Male rabbit, a bit over a year old approximately, adopted in May after being found in our front yard.
    Primarily indoor rabbit with short trips outside in our side yard for exercise (yard has rocks and bricks in it, and sometimes he eats whatever dried leaves blow in on the wind)
    I have not noticed any other behavior pointing to any issues, but I am still concerned these are eggs of some type.

    White things are VERY loosely attached and fall off easily when touched, they stick to any surface (like a dustpan) due to them being wet and they squish and pop open if pressure is applied.

    Unsure if any of this information is helpful, but if any of you know anything, let me know please!


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    I don't really know , but if i were u i would take him to the vet .
     
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    It might be pinworms
     
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    so yeah , i'd book him an appointemtn
     
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    It also could be tapeworm. Some tapeworms break off in small sections.
     
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    But wouldn't those parts be in the poop, not loosly on the surface?

    My guess would be some kind of fly eggs.
     
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    Okay so update:
    Last night I changed his litter out so he had no access to his old poop to eat. I cleaned his butt and his scent glands.
    This morning his new poops look clear of whatever was on them.

    @Preitler I was thinking the same thing. It seems more likely that it was on the outside of his body and when the poop passed it got coated. I squished a contaminated poop and a healthy poop and they look exactly the same inside. No signs of worms or abnormalities.

    I'm not familiar with the bug species in New Mexico but I'm thinking this is most likely the case. I'm shocked because he rarely goes out but I guess it just takes one time.

    If anyone else has an idea, of course please keep them coming! I'm hoping it's all taken care of now but I'll keep monitoring heavily and keep this thread updated.
     
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    Hi, are you sure he had them inside of him, it looks to me that they were attached to his poos after as poos look pretty good and I see no sign that they came out with the 'eggs'
     
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    Yep that's what I'm thinking now too! And would make sense for why I saw some unattached in the pile. Perhaps they just fell off his bum while sitting down. Just wish I knew for sure what bug it is (assuming this is what it is). But as long as I continue to see no reoccurrence I think hes totally fine. I saw it pretty quickly and got him cleaned up fast.
     
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    Weird. Hopefully it was nothing but It looks like tapeworm to me, has anyone in your house had fleas?
     
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    No fleas at all. We have 4 dogs, 3cats and 1 rabbit. None with fleas
     
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    I don't think it was tapeworms or pinworms. Tapeworms are wrapped around the rectum, not in the stomach. If it was pinworms they would have been in the poop instead of on the outside. I also think that they were some fly eggs.
    Something similar to this happened to Theo but he also lost weight. I turned out that they were fly eggs. I had just gotten back from being out of town and Theo had lost the weight because of depression.
     
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    I had rabbits with tapeworm before. It happened when mice got into and contaminated their hay bale. It was many years ago and I don't remember what kind of tapeworms they were. My rabbits never got fleas. The contamination happened in the winter and the tapeworms appeared in the spring. I don't remember seeing tapeworm around the rectum of my rabbits. Tapeworm live in the intestines of animals. The tapeworms my rabbits had looked just like the "eggs" in Ryenne's picture. I would often find the tapeworm pieces on top of the poop. My rabbits were outdoor rabbits and since I had to keep them outside due to my circumstances, I put them on Revolution, which I got from the vet, and that took care of the problem.
     
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    In the event that this is tapeworm, would I continue to see the white things each time he poops? They have stopped showing up now that I wiped his bum off and I see none so far today. But of course, that doesn't necessarily mean he's in the clear. I've only ever dealt with worms before in dogs and know that the worms come out sometimes around the anus and wiggle around. So far I've seen NO movement, but if they are all cut up as you say then seems like they would be long dead anyway so I wouldn't see movement? Hmm..

    So far his behavior also seems normal. Excited to eat, play, nap, no oddities beyond finding the things on his poop last night. I'm pretty sure I caught the very first poop pile that was abnormal as well. As a newish bunny mom I'm always checking and making sure things seem normal. Probably check too often LOL.
     
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    Tapeworm segments (dead pieces of worms) can go away for a while, but they will come back, if is tapeworms. It was so long ago that I don't remember how it went, but I think they could disappear for about a week or two and then show up again. If your rabbit has seen a vet before, you might be able to just take a sample of the worms to the vet, and the vet can give you a dewormer. It might be a good idea just to have your rabbit dewormed as a precaution so your rabbit doesn't get sick.
     
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    Okay so UPDATE again:
    Unfortunately, after a full day of clear poops, he just did a pile with the same white "eggs" on the outside of his poop. I know I cleaned them ALL OFF last night, and he has not gone outside since, we totally cleaned his entire "housing area", new blankets, hay, everything.

    Soooo all that being said, whatever it is, IS coming from inside his body. Which of course has me all sorts of concerned for the poor little guy. Looks like a trip to the vet will be needed after all.

    Now that I can say for (almost certainty) that they are coming from inside, I'm thinking @Niomi might be right on the money. I was really hoping this was something on the outside and easily cleaned up. Ahh bummer :(

    How damaging are tapeworms in rabbits? Just how urgent is it? He seems fine at the moment, and of course I hope to get him to a vet, but just want to know how worried I should be going into this??
     
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    I don't think your rabbit isn't in immediate danger. So far there are no signs of illness other than the segments. I wouldn't let it go too long. Tapeworms can kill. I will let you "google" the details. My rabbits did not get sick from the tapeworms, so I can't speak from experience.
     
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    Hi, I have no experience with worms at all but if in your situation I would take clear photo and would email to vets and explain your situation to see what they would suggest, I would also ask if I need to bring my rabbit or bring those poos with white elements so they can analyse them. Or they need to see rabbit himself on first visit. Maybe x-ray is needed.

    Also I did some research on tapeworms and eggs as Niomi suggested, here's a short article about tapeworms in dogs and treatment.
    https://pethelpful.com/dogs/How-to-Get-Rid-of-Tapeworms-in-Dogs

    When I had a dog long time ago I remember first symptom vet told me was if she drags her behind on the carpet or extensive licking or scratching rectal area. Also there might be changes in their appetite or behaviour which your rabbit doesn't have?

    After I've read this article and some more and googled photos etc I think it could be also something else as tapeworm eggs often described as more like rice grains I think from your photo they are much smaller.

    Anyway hopefully you will find out soon and there's nothing serious or can be cured quickly, please keep us informed.
     
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    I know this is a rabbit you are dealing with, but my dog gets tapeworms consistently. If any animal eats a single flea there is almost a 100% chance they will get tapeworms. So, if my dog ate a blade of grass with a flea on it, she would get worms. Last time my dog got tapeworms she lost tons of weight. After a long expensive vet visit the vet gave us medicine that helped immediately. She gained the weight back and is now a little overweight:p!
    I would do what zupper said and ask the vet. Though, I doubt that an x-ray would be needed because our dog has had tapeworms many times and she has never had an x-ray.
     
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    There is no point debating what it could or could not be. The rabbit needs a vet.
     

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