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Dana Krempels, Ph.D.

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returns 11/01/2014

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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Farhan09/16/14101010Very helpful.
Hannah09/05/14101010Dana, Thank you so much for all .....
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Recent Answers from Dana Krempels, Ph.D.

2014-09-13 Very Urgent, it's weekend, no vet available.:

Dear Farhan,    The mucus is a sign of enteritis:  inflammation of the intestinal lining.  There are multiple reasons this could happen, and you'll need to see your rabbit vet as soon as possible to be

2014-09-06 bunny head tilt.:

Dear Laura,    While the condition can be distressing to look at, it doesn't seem to be painful.  That your bunny is eating and acting fine tells us that she's dealing with the situation well.    You can

2014-09-05 Meloxicam:

Dear Karen,    I think the weight must be a typo.  If she weighs 5.2 oz, she must be a very tiny thing!  Did you mean 5.2 lbs?      Because I get a lot of questions here, please either post your question

2014-09-05 Meloxicam Overdose:

Dear Karen,    How much does your bunny weigh?  A newer dose of meloxicam has come out in publication, and not all vets have heard about it.  We are currently using meloxicam at 1mg/kg once per day.  Lower

2014-09-05 cold laser treatments:

Dear Jeanine,    Unfortunately (?) I have no experience with this procedure, so really can't comment in its efficacy.  But if your rabbit-savvy vet does not feel comfortable with it, then that should tell


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