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We have a seven year old dwarf male rabbit.  He has always been very active and attention demanding.  When we come near his cage, he often jumps up, frisks around, stomps his feet, and grunts.  

One morning, he was lying down, pushing his back feet out behind him, shaking a little, and didnít get up when I came.  About two hours later, he seemed better!  Early one morning, a few weeks later, he had the same problem.  However, this time he was breathing hard and making little grunts.  He was doing better a few hours later.  

A couple of times I have also seen him start jerking and vibrating for a moment and then stop.  Before long, he is bouncing around like usual.  We would like to know what is wrong and if there is anything we could do about it.  Thanks.

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Dear Rachel,

He might just be dreaming.  But just in case, please read:

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

and find a good rabbit vet here:

http://www.rabbit.org/vets

Better to be safe than sorry.  Might be wise to take him in for a full wellness check.  That way, you'll at least have a baseline and a starting relationship with a vet who knows rabbits.

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)

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
(http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare)

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