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My rabbit Oreo, has been acting different today. I few days ago she was sick with diarrhea but now she seem to be fine health wise. She is eating and drinking, but not pooping or peeing yet. In her cage she has a board that she loves to lye on and we also keep her food dish on there as well. But now she will not eat out of her food dish or get off her board to drink water from her bottle, I have to move it to her so she will drink. She is also grinding her teeth a bit louder then usual. I don't know why she is acting this way? Could it be due to having diarrhea? or could it be from the seasons changing here in Canada? Can you please get back to me because I am worried something is very wrong with her.

Thank you for your time.

Nicole

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Dear Nicole,

Please read this immediately:

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

and find a rabbit vet here:

http://www.rabbit.org/vets

via the international listings link.


Please also see:

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

for an explanation of the "diarrhea", as well as:

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

to get some emergency protocols in case she is suffering from ileus (not producing poop because her GI tract has stopped its normal movements).

I hope this helps.  But I am sure she needs veterinary attention ASAP.

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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