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My rabbit Buck is a cottontail yesterday he jumped off my husbands shoulder like he always does but he hit the chair on the side with his chest he is lathargic and is wheezing seems like he is having trouble breathing please need help don t want to lose him

Hi Pam

Your little bun really needs urgent vet attention. He could well have some serious internal injuries as he's in pain if he's acting lethargic. The difficulty breathing could be rib damage, punctured lung. If he'll hold still concious, hopefully a vet can get an x-ray (usually they put the rabbit under general anaesthetic to x-ray but I wouldn't recommend that with lung damage!).

Good luck!


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I can answer questions around the welfare of pet rabbits, basic health queries including gut stasis, diet worries and the proper welfare standards around housing rabbits (i.e. no wire floors, no small cages and they should be kept in properly bonded de-sexed pairs in very large enclosures). I cannot answer showing questions nor complex breeding issues as I do not agree with either, seeing the other end of the story in the world of rabbit rescue. If your rabbit is in distress, has any blood, isn't moving, has breathing issues or isn't eating, my answer will be, go to the vet!


I have two 10 year old rescue rabbits and have volunteered in rabbit rescue.

I belong to the RWAF (Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund) and have volunteered for a rabbit rescue.

I have no formal education on this subject, however read everything I can to keep up to date with current welfare standards and health problems. Both my rabbits have sensitive guts and constantly keep me on my toes.

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