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 rabbit occasionally gets what I thought was diarrhea caked to his butt but when I clean it off and he passes more stool it's always firm and normal. What's going on?

I suspect that what you are seeing is actually cecotrophs that are being excreted and then sticking to the backside.  The process of cecotrophs sticking is actually natural, but sometimes when the stools are too soft the animal does not immediately reingest them and they become matted around the backside and tail head.  The key in those circumstances is to make sure the stool is removed carefully each day and that there are no signs of infection or skin irritation.


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