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Hi
I just brought home a rabbit that's 8 weeks old and he won't move at all in his hutch or eat or drink. Maybe he's scared because i have a large golden retriever but I'm worried that it might be fatal if he doesn't eat. before I brought him home however he already ate a lot of carrots and celery and grass so I was wondering, is it true that rabbits under 6 months should be given no vegetables? Perhaps he sick from eating those so he won't eat now?
Thank you so much

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Dear Joyce,

Please get this poor little baby inside and away from the dog.  The stress of all this scary new stuff could certainly be stressful enough to be fatal.

Please go here:

http://www.rabbit.org/

for all the best information on bunny care.

If the hutch is indoors (which is certainly best), please put it in a place where the dog cannot go until the bunny is more accustomed to the new place.  The most important thing is to reduce stress and make bunny feel safe.  A companion bunny might help with this, but be cautious with this, as even very young bunnies can be aggressive and territorial.

Please see:

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

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

and

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

Also, if you see *any* sign of runny stool, please read:

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

I hope this helps.

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)

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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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