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My flemish giant rabbit Rudy, stopped eating today, and he has a high fever, 105.9.  I did do what you said to others, ice packs, rubbing the belly, rubbing alcohol on his ears.   I have injectable Banamine for horses, but I don't know the dose.  There are not vets available on the weekend to help rabbits in m area....What Can I do..? Please help...We are a "forever" home animal sanctuary...I did give him 100cc of Lactated Ringers Solution IV, at 6pm....My phone is .  I have no one to help me....Please call.....or tell me to call you Dr. Dana...Thanks, I need help....for my sweet boy...He wont' eat or drink and can't go do his business.

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Dear Kathryn

Banamine dose for rabbits is 1-2mg/kg every 12 hours.  If you have the 50mg/ml solution (which is what I have), then the dose for a 12-lb rabbit (I'm guessing here) would be 0.2ml (=cc).  If he weighs more, then note that this is the high end dose.

What's more important is that the fever likely indicates infection.  He needs to be on antibiotics.  What do you have on hand?  If you have dual-acting Penicillin-G Procaine/Benzathine (feed stores usually carry this), then you can dose him at 50,000IU/kg every 48 hours.  The Procaine component acts quickly, and starts killing bacteria very shortly after injection.  Injection must be subcutaneous, and be sure to pull out on the plunger after the needle is under the skin, to be sure you have not hit a blood vessel.

Ringers is good.  Keep him calm and cool.  Don't worry about the not eating right now.  

Note that a high fever will often result in ileus, even after bun feels better.  So keep these protocols handy, just in case:

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

I hope he will be fine soon.

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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