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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 .....

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.

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.

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2016-06-20 Mystery excretion:

Pam,    Oh fantastic! At least you discovered the issue and it was an easily correctable one. I think I just learned something as well. Probiotics are wonderful for restoring the natural flora in the gut

2016-06-19 Teeth issues:

Hi Ashley    Sorry to hear about your bun. Unfortunately I have no vet training and minimal experience of severe dental problems - other than my childhood rabbit being put to sleep due to jaw abscesses

2016-06-17 sore hocks:

Dear Diane,    The problem with bunnies like this is that not only is the fur wearing away abnormally, but sometimes it also *parts* to reveal the bare skin.  So anything hard will probably be uncomfortable

2016-06-17 Rabbit stomach gurgling:

Hi Nikita    She needs to see a vet. True watery poo can be fatal for rabbits. Gooey malformed poo indicates gut problems too. A nosy gut is normal.    She shouldn't be eating rice at all. 80% of her diet

2016-06-17 sore hocks:

Dear Diane,    While bald spots are not great, the ones shown in your pictures have not progressed to what I would call hock sores.  That condition is characterized by redness, inflammation, and--in severe

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