Question Hello. We brought home a baby Lionhead rabbit about 5 days ago. At first, he wasn't pooping and we thought it was just from stress. Yesterday, we noticed a couple of poop pellets and some runny stool (diarrhea). We cleaned him up, put fresh water and hay and pellets in his cage, and put him back. Today, he has poops with clear mucous-like substance in about three areas of the cage. We don't know what to do, is it just from the stress of moving? Or is it something bad? We can't really afford a vet, so we're looking for home remedies. Thank you!
Answer Dear Ali,
I wish I could tell you that a home remedy will be okay, but a baby rabbit with diarrhea is in potentially very serious situation. As it says in my introduction, DO NOT SEEK HELP ON THE INTERNET in a case like this! It can be life-threatening, and an answer might not come in time.
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