Emergency! No nearby vet and much money for checkup..
Rabbits/Emergency! No nearby vet and much money for checkup..
Expert: Dana Krempels, Ph.D. - 12/22/2012
Question My rabbit is not eating and his poops are soft. He is also lethargic and no longer hops, just walk.. When i thouch and press his belly underneath, its okay for him but when I apply pressure at the sides near the ribs, he dislikes it.. Now, I'm feeding him by syringe to somehow fill his stomach.. Please tell me what to do..
Answer Dear Kim
Do not force feed him unduly. If he has a blockage, this could make things worse. Please read this:
for instructions. The enema procedure is very good for getting the GI tract started again, but must be done with caution. If you are not sure how, then have a good vet show you. Use the international listings here to find a vet:
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: THE INTERNET IS NOT THE PLACE TO SEEK HELP IN AN EMERGENCY.
If your rabbits is LETHARGIC
If your rabbit is NOT EATING
If your rabbit is PHYSICALLY INJURED (including broken bones)
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.
Organizations Houserabbit Adoption, Rescue, and Education, Inc. (H.A.R.E., Inc.) president
National House Rabbit Society (Board member)
Publications Exotic DVM
Warren Peace (Journal of the House Rabbit Society of Miami)
Various newsletters of the House Rabbit Society, nationwide
Education/Credentials Ph.D - Biology
B.S. - Biology
B.A. - English
Awards and Honors Lightspan Academic Excellence Award for web site on rabbit health and biology