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:
THE INTERNET IS NOT THE PLACE TO SEEK HELP IN 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.
For all the best, most accurate rabbit health, care and behavior information, visit The House Rabbit Society.
I have been rescuing and rehabilitating domestic and wild rabbits for about 30 years. I have written articles for many rabbit rescue publications, as well as for the veterinary journal, Exotic DVM. I own EtherBun, the internet's largest listserve dedicated to health, care, and behavior of domestic rabbits.
Houserabbit Adoption, Rescue, and Education, Inc. (H.A.R.E., Inc.) president National House Rabbit Society (Board member)
Warren Peace (Journal of the House Rabbit Society of Miami)
Various newsletters of the House Rabbit Society, nationwide
Ph.D - Biology
B.S. - Biology
B.A. - English
Lightspan Academic Excellence Award for web site on rabbit health and biology
Rabbits are wonderful, intelligent creatures. I want to help them and their caregivers.
Greater public awareness of rabbits as companion animals. They do not belong in an outdoor hutch. They belong inside, with the other members of the family. I am opposed to the breeding of rabbits for any reason.
Rabbits are intelligent, interactive companions, as loyal and loving to a family as a dog or cat. The caregiver must learn the language of an herbivore/prey animal whose psyche and evolutionary history are different from that of a dog or cat. To win the trust of a rabbit is to win that of a wild spirit who will teach you many amazing things.
A rabbit should be treated as a member of the family. Rabbits are NOT "low maintenance" pets! A huge number of rabbits are abandoned each year by people who purchased them without realizing the commitment necessary to live with a creature so complex, sensitive, and intelligent. I hope that by educating people about rabbit nature and proper care, I might help stem this tragic tide.
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Dear Jeanine, Yes, E-collars are a nightmare for bunnies! :( I know of one person who had success by tying a little cotton "scarf" around the bunny's hips so it was like a little skirt. Bunny could
Dear Bettye, It's possible that the bunnies are sensing something wrong with the batches of hay you're offering. But a more likely explanation is that they are starting to suffer from dental problems
Dear Ann, Burlap is made from organic fabric, if it's natural burlap. As such, it should be somewhat digestible. However, I'm not sure whether all burlap made these days is 100% plant-based. If
Dear Jen, I see the vet treated her for E. cuniculi with the fenbendazole, which is what I would have suggested. No way to know if the parasite is the cause of the seizures, but the neurological damage
Dear Helana, No, rabbits cannot safely wear a collar. They are not even particularly safe for cats. But rabbits do not have the large muscles found on the necks of dogs, and cats. A collar is uncomfortable
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