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I have a pure white blue eyed female rabbit who has given birth to three kits, They're about three days old now and are eating well and going to the bathroom well its not runny or smelly. But I've noticed something wrong with one of them. When I take them all out of the nesting box to check on them which I do at least once a day when I have new kits.. Two move around alot and crawl and all that but the third one just kinda rolls around and "Paddles" its paws and sometimes it'll squeak or scream? loudly and open its mouth like it can't get air then it'll look like it has stopped breathing. When I pick it up when that happens its whole body is verryy stiff and clearish kinda foamy liquid comes from its mouth I'm not sure if its milk or spit or what But I clear out its mouth with a snotter and after about 30 secs the whole thing is over.
I don't know whats wrong with it, I've never had this problem with a kit before. Will get grow out of it?  Is it a kind of seizure?
I've heard that white blue eyed rabbits can get epilepsy and that also lops can.
I'd take it to a vet but no vets here have any idea how to work with rabbits and small rodents.
If you've heard of this. know what it is how to stop it?
Anything would be great
Thanks so much! :)

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Dear Myah,

It sounds as if this baby has a congenital problem, but the nature of the problem is anyone's guess without an in-person exam by a veterinarian.  Try the list linked here to find a vet near you:

http://www.rabbit.org/vets

It could be the baby has problems swallowing and is aspirating milk.  Or it could be some neurological problem causing seizures, as you suggest.  But there's no way I can diagnose this without seeing it, so I'd recommend you try to find a good rabbit vet who can examine the baby and see if there are any clear physical signs of problem.

Sorry I can't help as much as I'd like.  Please also  read:

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

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

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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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