Rabbits/miscarriage

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hi, about 5 weeks ago i bred my lop eared rabbit she is about 3 years old and this would have been her second litter. Last week on Thursday 7th she was due and instead there was a bit of blood. When i mean a bit of blood i mean it was a few tiny drops and also her vulva is swollen. I have felt round her tummy to see if a baby was stuck but there was nothing and nothing even in her tummy. She had pulled her hair out to make a nest and eating and drinking well. The only thing is she is a very angry and easy stressed rabbit the only 1 out of 16 i have. She has enough room to run around and in a pen of her own. I have bred rabbits for 6 years now and this is the first time i have had a miscarriage. I would like to know was this caused by the stress and what is causing stress? also how can i help relax her more?

thank you

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Dear Paula,

Please see:

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

It's hard for me to gauge how to reduce her stress if I don't know anything about her current environment.  But like any rabbit, she needs lots of room to run, plenty of social interaction and love, and a good, healthy diet.  For all the best information on how to keep your bunny happy and healthy, please visit:

http://www.rabbit.org/

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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