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, Well I had to look that one up! Our old pal Wikipedia had a pretty good explanation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atelectasis Again, I've not heard of this happening in a rabbit
Dear Danette, Unfortunately, it's not likely that the Pasteurella (if that's what the problematic bacteria are; you can't know for sure without culture and sensitivity testing) is the primary problem
Dear Susan, Is your bunny spayed? It sounds as if she's marking her territory (unfortunately the couch!), and that's typical of an intact bunny. Please read: http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/spay
Dear Jennifer, They could be sebaceous cysts, but there are sure a lot of them. They do look to me more like abscesses, but since I can't see them in person I can't be sure. Best bet would be to
Dear Max, The active ingredient, iodine, is safe for use around rabbits. Povidone iodine (diluted) can be used to disinfect wounds. I would not use the product above for that purpose, since it's not
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