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I can answer questions around the welfare of pet rabbits, basic health queries including gut stasis, diet worries, bonding questions and the proper welfare standards around housing rabbits (i.e. no wire floors, no small cages and they should be kept in properly bonded de-sexed pairs in very large enclosures). I cannot answer showing questions nor complex breeding issues as I do not agree with either, seeing the other end of the story in the world of rabbit rescue.

Dana Krempels, Ph.D.

I've lived with companion rabbits for more than 35 years, and consider them members of my family. I can answer any questions about the biology and health of rabbits, from the commonplace to the unusual. But please note:

RULE #1:

  • If your rabbits is LETHARGIC
  • If your rabbit is NOT EATING
  • If your rabbit is PHYSICALLY INJURED (including broken bones)
  • If your baby rabbit has DIARRHEA
...it is an EMERGENCY.

Find a rabbit vet at www.rabbit.org/vet for immediate help, and don't risk your bunny's life by spending time asking questions online! If you can't get in touch with your vet, read these Emergency Sick Bunny Instructions.

If you have found a wild baby rabbit, please read these EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS FOR WILD BABY RABBITS and then use this link to FIND A LOCAL WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR who can give you the right advice.

RULE #2:
Help me help you! Please make your subject line informative if you have an urgent question .....

Christine Whetstone

I am not an expert on wild rabbits, only domesticated rabbits. I can answer questions regarding habitats, behavior, diet, health, pairing/bonding - pretty much anything having to do with owning a rabbit.

Paula Murdock-Briggs

***ATTENTION -- If your rabbit has a life threatening issue do not waste time looking for answers on the Internet. Get your animal to the nearest rabbit savvy vet or 24 hour emergency clinic as soon as possible. Rabbits are prey animals and they hide their illnesses. By the time you realize something is wrong with your bunny there is a strong possibility that it may be to late to help it. I will not answer any questions related to wild rabbits or rabbits intended for meat. There are other experts here that will be happy to help you with those questions. I can answer almost anything related to health, diet, housing, showing, breed standards, genetics, ARBA rules, registration, pets, bonding, and behavior. While I am an ARBA registrar and am willing to answer questions related to showing, breeding and genetics, my main focus is on the health and well-being of pet rabbits.

Recent Answers

2016-07-19 rabbits giving birth too late:

Hi Klemen,    Sorry that it took me so long to answer your question.  I wanted to ask around the rabbit community to see if they had ever heard of anything like this.  I literally asked 100's of people

2016-07-18 rapid heart rate:

Dear Kimberly,    I think the chest x ray is a good next step, as it will tell you and the vet whether there is still lung congestion.  If he's not getting enough oxygen, his heart will beat faster, and

2016-07-18 Rabbit/Bunny with Molar oclussion:

Dear Alevi    The only thing I can recommend is to get your bunny to a good rabbit dentist, and if you are willing to travel abroad there is one who is the best:  Dr. Loic Legendre in Vancouver, Canada

2016-07-18 dilution of panacur 100 in drinking water for rabbits:

Dear Kirstin,    The fact that lots of people are putting Panacur/fenbendazole in rabbits' drinking water does not make it a good idea.  In fact, it is a TERRIBLE idea.  Not only will this likely discourage

2016-07-17 Death of my bunny/ bonding:

Dear Kristin,    I am very sorry about the loss of your friend.  I wish your Lionhead bunny had had a chance to visit with the body so he had closure.  The ripping of the phone book was very likely his

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