Concerned about kidney problems
My 7 year old dwarf, Snow, has been urinating a lot more often for the last couple of months. I had a physical exam done on him last month, and the vet felt around the kidney area and told me if he was having kidney problems, (like stones), she would be able to feel them, and she felt nothing wrong with his kidneys. I'm thinking of having blood work done, but she told me he doesn't have anything wrong with his kidneys, and that as a rabbit gets older, the kidneys automatically don't work as well as they used to, it doesn't necessarily mean renal failure. She said that renal failure and diabetes in rabbits is rare, but obviously it still happens.
To be honest, I don't know what excessive urination would be considered. He urinates about once every 1 and a half to 2 hours or so. I know this because I have him out for 1 and a half to 2 hours at a time, and he urinates once during that time. Before he would urinate sometimes when I had him out, but he seemed to hold it in most of the time. Now he urinates everytime he's out. I have not noticed any change in his drinking habits. If anything, he's actually drinking less than usual. His urine is a normal yellow color, but I'm concerned about how watery it is, and that's why I'm concerned about renal failure. Could it be that his kidneys are just aging and that's why his urine is watery? He eats very well, he's energetic, and there's no difference in him other than more frequent and watery urination. He is a little on the chubby side. Maybe there's more pressure on the bladder or something. Anyway, please tell me what you think. Has anyone here ever had a rabbit with kidney problems?