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/vets 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 domestic and wild rabbits for more than 25 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 Courtney There is no easy way to deal with this. The two bunnies should not have been allowed to bond in the first place, and separating them now will be very hard on both of them. What about
Dear Jeannette, Unfortunately, there is no way to predict how she will react. Rabbit bondings must be done slowly and carefully, and the BEST way is to allow the bunny to choose her own mate from among
Dear Yoona, This is most likely a dental abscess. If removing the offending tooth/teeth does not help, then ask the vet about putting bun on *subcutaneous* injections of dual-acting Penicillin G Procaine/Benzathine
Dear Tushar, As my instructions state, the internet is NOT the place to seek help in an extreme emergency like this. You need to get your bunny to a veterinarian immediately. Please see: http://www
Dear Riina, The GI stasis could be a result of the pain she is having from the chronic dental disease. Has the pus been cultured? Please see: http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/dental.html and
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