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Dana Krempels, Ph.D.

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returns 06/01/2014

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 is an EMERGENCY.

Find a rabbit vet at 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.
  • If you already have been to the vet and still need help
  • if you can't find an available vet with the resources above
then LET ME KNOW IN THE SUBJECT LINE so I can give your question highest priority over non-urgent questions. If you don't do this, then I can't guarantee timely assistance!

For all the best, most accurate rabbit health, care and behavior information, visit The House Rabbit Society.

Experience in the area

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)


Exotic DVM
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

Awards and Honors

Lightspan Academic Excellence Award for web site on rabbit health and biology

What do you like about this subject?

Rabbits are wonderful, intelligent creatures. I want to help them and their caregivers.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

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.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

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.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

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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Recent Answers from Dana Krempels, Ph.D.

2014-04-11 Hair loss/ large brown spot on bunny back:

Dear Charlotte,    This looks like a spot where the fur fell out (mosquito or flea bite?  another rabbit grooming him too much?  fur plucked out?), but is growing in normally.  It doesn't look alarming

2014-04-10 trying to do the right thing:

Dear Julie,    This is made even more difficult by your location, which probably is not teeming with experienced rabbit vets.  For now, please see:    and

2014-04-09 Mother Rabbit with Unformed Cecotropes:

Dear Karah,    The stress of this terrible even could certainly have caused this temporary cecal dysbiosis or whatever physiological change occurred to make her leave unformed cecotropes.  I'm glad you

2014-04-07 Bladder sludge.:

Dear Sally,    I didn't see what your vet saw.  But I have a hard time believing that bladder sludge would ever be a reason for euthanasia, as long as it's manageable with subQ fluid therapy and gentle

2014-04-07 Recurrence of e.cuniculi?:

Dear Nerida    The FIRST thing I thought of when you described how thin she was, but that she literally JUMPED at Critical Care is that "this rabbit has severe dental disease!"    You MUST have the molars


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