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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, bonding questions 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.


I have two 7 year old rescue rabbits and volunteer for a well established rabbit rescue here in the UK, both physically doing cleaning out etc and I am also their events and awareness co-oordinator, helping educate the general public on proper rabbit keeping, this means I have to ensure all information I give is correct and matches current welfare standards.

I belong to the RWAF (Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund) and volunteer for a major 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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