Micah Feeding

Vet Speak

In this section, Dr. Micah Kohles, Oxbow’s Director of Veterinary Science and Outreach, answers all of your animal health related questions.  If you have a question for Dr. Kohles regarding the health or behavior of your small animal, send it to web@oxbowanimalhealth.com.

My 3 year old lionhead Honeybun seems to have a cold (if it's even possible). She has what looks like a runny nose but I have not noticed her sneezing. Is this normal or something I should be concerned about?

Small amounts of sneezing or clear nasal discharge are not automatically a concern for me, as long as the little one is acting normal as well as eating and drinking. That being said, if the frequency of the sneezing increases or it doesn’t go away after a few days, I would start to pay closer attention. Of particular concern should be the color and amount of nasal discharge. If this begins to get more copious in amount or turn to a green/yellow color, this is something I would have checked out ASAP, as rabbits are prone to respiratory infection. If at any point their appetite changes or stool production decreases, this immediately warrants a call from you vet. Good luck!


Dr. Micah Kohles, DVM, MPA
Director of Veterinary Science and Outreach
Oxbow Animal Health