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:
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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 Lane, How much amoxycillin did your bunny get? And how long ago was the last dose? This antibiotic is not just "wrong", it can be *deadly*, and the results may not show up for a week to 10 days
Dear Lissette These look like little weevils that are living and breeding in the bunny's food. I would throw out those pellets and buy fresh, and maybe even bring those back to the store where you
Dear Rylee, Where there is a will, there is a way. If the male was relatively small, this baby might be able to safely bear her young. But there are no guarantees. I would recommend that you take
Dear Brenda, Lop rabbits, especially those of mixed heritage (both parents not lops) can take a while before their ears lop all the way down, and sometimes they never do. Lop babies take 6-12 weeks
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