Is dark orangery red urine normal in rabbits?

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    I've recently started to notice that my sisters rabbits urine is a dark orangery red colour .
    Is this normal?

    She's 1 and a half by the way .
     
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    Also how much should an 10 week old rabbit weigh?
     
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    Has your rabbit been eating carrots?
     
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    It is very common, but not quite sure about "normal." It depends on what the bunny has been eating, but is usually not a sign of an illness, unless it clearly has blood mixed in (God forbid). When I feed my bunnies carrots for a few days in a row as treats, their urine is sometimes very red, but not quite the color of blood. Do you see orange/red specks in it? That was how I told it was not bloody. It also occurred when feeding them alfalfa hay and other foods, so not just carrots. As long as the bunnies do not seem sick, it should be fine-- just please remember to keep them on mostly grass hay and limit treats.

    Hope that helped.
     
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    Different things can cause urine to change color, from what your rabbit is consuming to how hydrated she is. @Niomi and @Bunny_Mommy at getting at a common cause, which is food. Like when a tea bag seeps into water, food can change the color of urine. Other consumables, like medicine can also change urine color. Sometimes it can also change seemingly spontaneously. Personally, my rabbit stopped having yellow pees and now generally has only orange pees. He's healthy (now; wasn't when he was younger), so it definitely depends on the rabbit, his/her diet, and potentially factors unknown!

    Seeing specks is important - if you're seeing specks of red, or if the urine dries to a brown/black, that's more indicative of blood. That's concerning. An easy test to do is dropping a few drops of hydrogen peroxide (usually found in first aid kits or at a pharmacy) onto the urine. Hydrogen peroxide bubbles when it gets in contact with blood, so that's an easy test to do.

    Regarding your question about rabbit weight, is there a specific reason you're asking? Maybe you suspect your sister's rabbit is under- or overweight? A 10 week old rabbit will weigh differently, depending on the breed. There is also weight variation within breeds, so it would be most informative to understand what your sister is feeding her rabbit, how often, and also what sort of exercise time the rabbit has.

    EDIT: Sorry, I misread. Your sister's rabbit is 1.5 years old, so the 10 week old is a different rabbit? All the same questions from above still apply though!
     
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    She's not been drinking much .
    And hardly ever fed carrots
     
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    She's a mixture of a mini lop and a "harlequin" .
     
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    It's dark orange with little red spots .
     
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    The ten week old rabbit is her other rabbit i gave her from my rabbits litter .
     
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    I told her to keep a close eye on her .
     
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    Thanks for the additional detail - that's important to know. Little red specks does make me more alert. Is she showing any signs of pain while urinating or strain when urinating? Maybe it takes longer for her to go or she grinds her teeth/looks comfortable before/during/after?

    A picture would be helpful to confirm, but if it is blood, she'll need to be taken to a rabbit-experienced vet to assess what's happening, because blood in the urine will not resolve itself and is a sign that something wrong is happening.
     
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    Ok , what about the other ones weight . she weighs 200 g .
    She didn't start opening her eyes till she was three weeks old
     
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    Unfortunately, I am not informed about early rabbit weights -- I am not a breeder or someone who has had a rabbit through pregnancy, so I won't be able to provide information, other than that which you'd find online yourself.

    To summarize on the urine concern, if you're seeing red specks, I recommend speaking to your sister about bringing the rabbit to a rabbit-experienced vet, if you haven't done so already. I hope others are able to speak towards your other rabbit.
     
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    She took me with her and her rabbit to the vet .
    She's staying there for now .
    And she weighed the baby , and gave her a helfcheck .
    She said her weight was normal
     

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