Can rabbits swim? All About Rabbit Swimming

There is some shallow but compelling questions exist in this world, usually, this set of quest spawns when you are observing something very curiously, especially in my case, used to face this frequently, for example, a few days back our team paid a swimming trip at Keswick Hall pool in Charlottesville.

Fortunately, I was in the team too, on that trip, had confronted a spiffy quest, that is: can rabbits swim? After seeing a rabbit was wrapped with a towel on a lounger beside the pool. Bit of weird but could not help my mind from sinking in diversity.

However, finished the trip up somehow then head up to my room for indulging the weird ghost sitting on the shoulder to bite the bullet. And finally came up with some amazing information. Let me jump to that through some key point:

Do rabbits swim?

The answer to the first key point is yes; even they can able to swim from the age of eight to fifteen days after birth. It can be assumed as their inherent ability but rarely utilizes this skill. Especially, when there are danger and no alternative except swimming then the chance to see rabbit swimming being occurred by the predators.

In spite of having the swimming capability, bunnies are afraid of water cause the anatomy of the rabbit is very sensitive even their nerve system too, as they habitat with small portion theory. So when the theory is replaced with an opposition portion, it becomes stressful for them.

For that trauma, bunnies face an imbalanced digestive problem which is called GI stasis by Rabbit vet. Yet this interesting fact I discovered at the time of researching the topic related FAQ, for example: “can bunnies swim leads to death?”

Then some experienced vet coupled with the term over answering the quest with a comprehensive explanation. For your convenience, shortly briefing the medical term below:

GI Stasis:

Basically, it occurs in rabbit digestive structure while they are cop up with stress or some other physical default by stopping or reducing interest over food. And it caused by bacterial effect. In effect, the condition may lead to death in some case.  That’s the quick summary of GI stasis.

During the time of learning GI stasis of rabbit, I have introduced with some more worthy unknown factors that are strongly opposite of bunny swimming theory. Even the factors recommend avoiding water for rabbit strongly.

So, it seems to me all of the rabbit owners should know the aspect, this is why the following key points are included below:

Unknown facts about rabbit swimming:

  • Since the bodies of bunnies are soft and furry, it takes enough time to get dry after wet. On that time the risk of skin tearing is high
  • If the skin tears then the chance of serious bacterial infection increases.
  • Another fact is a panic disorder which happens when they get in touch with water because they usually move by jumping but the practice of movement becomes restricted in water then the panic strikes.
  • Next is their nose and ear, for having a long ear, there is a certain chance of injecting water inside for this reason you friend may attack with pneumonia.
  • Besides that, most people take their bunny toward a swimming pool for recreation yet they don’t know the dangerous outcome of existing chlorine in the pool which can cause asthma and sinus to their rabbit.

To avoid the threatening side of rabbit swimming, what step you can take? Obviously, by creating a decent distance between water and bunny, right? But, how long you can? Cause there is a certain situation when the owner has to cut the mustard for benefiting the pet. In that case, pet processor can follow the following bunny bath technique.

Bunny bath technique


This technique is called wet bath process and very easy to do, to perform this manner you need a towel, clear water, and hypoallergenic shampoo. After collecting the ingredients then up for bath preparation.

First, wet the towel with water then fuse a spoon of hypoallergenic shampoo with that, later wrap your bunny with that towel gently. After completing those part dry the bunny with dryer and don’t forget to test the temperature of dryer and its distance. Thus, you can ensure a healthy bath for your rabbit.

In some case, it has seen, most of the rabbit owner cannot find proper rabbit shampoo for their bunny then the bath becomes a nightmare for them, to make your rabbit bath technique handier, here is a homemade rabbit shampoo making process given.

  • DIY Rabbit Shampoo:

To make this shampoo you will need a dry plastic bottle, apple cider vinegar, dish detergent (liquid), infiltrate water, sweet almond oil, chamomile, and lavender oil.

  • Making process:

For making the shampoo, first pour ¼ teacup apple cider vinegar oil and liquid dish detergent, after that pour ½ teacup infiltrates water then add sweet almond oil( 2 tablespoons), chamomile and lavender oil ( 4 drops both). Next step is blending the entire ingredient carefully. Boom! You have created the best rabbit shampoo for your pet.

  • Quick tips:

Keep the shampoo in the refrigerator for long time use and don’t forget to shake before using.

Eventually, the risky swimming factors turned into a handy bath and shampoo instruction, not bad I guess. However, a great portion of my article flowed on the basis of FAQ research so I have decided to share some interesting questions from my top pick. And here it goes:


Some Important FAQ

Can Swamp rabbit swim?

Do rabbits like water?

Should I take my rabbit for swimming?

Final thought


As my journey tried to answer the question “can rabbits swim?” I believe, it covers a good amount of information for our precious audience and teammate. So there will be a great expectation from all of you. And the request is: “show me your support by spreading this good content”. Peace!

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