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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..

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Dear Kim

Do not force feed him unduly.  If he has a blockage, this could make things worse.  Please read this:

http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/sickbun.html

If you can, invest in an inexpensive stethoscope and listen to his abdomen for normal, gurgling intestinal sounds.  If the gut is silent, this is trouble.  Please see:

http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/ileus.html

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:

http://www.rabbit.org/vets

Hope your bunny will be fine soon.

Dana

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Dana Krempels, Ph.D.

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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.

...it is an EMERGENCY.

Find a rabbit vet at www.rabbit.org/vet 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. 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

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
(http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare)

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