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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.


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.

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.

Recent Answers

2016-08-23 X rays for Pets.:

Hi Prashant,    X rays are often necessary to determine why an animal is ill.  Since they can't speak the only thing we can rely on is what we see.  They would have to be exposed to more than a couple

2016-08-18 New Bunny uses cat's litter box, is this safe?:

Jupiter,    Thanks for taking on this new bun, and it sounds like you're doing a great job.    I would avoid letting Casper use the litter box for the very reasons you mention - if he ingests it, it will

2016-08-13 rabbit not pooping:

Good morning Mary!    The best way to get things moving is definitely hay. It seems your bun is being picky about what you've provided. If you can, try another brand of Timothy hay. You can reach out to

2016-08-09 Elderbun kidney failure - last resort question:

Hi, Susan    I'm so sorry about this sad situation.  Once the kidneys really fail, there's not much you can do but palliative care.    You could try dandelion root extract from a health food store.  It

2016-08-07 SOFT STICKY POOP:

Dear Irene,    This is a really common problem.    Your bunny appears to be suffering from chronic cecal dysbiosis, which is fully explained  here:    www.bio.miami.edu/hare/poop.html    While some people

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