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My rabbit has been acting kind of weird lately. He's usually very energetic but yesterday he laid in one spot sleeping. I occasionally check his tummy to make sure it wasn't hard and today his tummy is kind of hard. He's been sleeping all day and hasn't been moving around too much. He has clear discharge from his nose and he's been sneezing a little but i don't know if that has to do with anything. Also, i couple of days ago he got into a little chocolate. They said to give him lots of hay and water so thats what i did and he was fine.Could this be causing it?

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Hello Modesty:

I'm sorry to hear that Thumper is acting under the weather.

Your concern is a valid one because chocolate is toxic to rabbits and can lead to death.

It causes GI stasis and once that happens, the rabbit is in serious condition.

You said "They" said to give him lots of hay and water - but who is "they"? Has he been to a rabbit experienced vet?

Given that he's lying around and his stomach is hard, chances are he's in GI stasis and my suggestion is to get him to a vet with rabbit experience ASAP.  Most standard vets have little to no rabbit training so he needs to go to an exotic animal vet or a vet with rabbit experience.

If you are unable to take him to a vet, please e-mail me back quickly so I can give you some home remedies to implement immediately that might save his life.  I don't want to offer those suggestions first, as a trip to the vet is really needed after a toxic substance is eaten.

Please keep me updated.

Lisa L.

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I was introduced to meat rabbits at the age of 3. Began working with them on my own at the age of 8 and started my own large commercial rabbitry at the age of 20. I'm 46 now and for the past 26 years I have owned a large herd of meat rabbits and have become well known as the turn-to person whenever a problem arrises.

Organizations
Member of the American Rabbit Breeders Association. Member of the Rabbit Industry Council. Member of the Yahoo - Meat Rabbits Group. Member of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy. Administrators of the FaceBook "Rabbit's as meat" group. Owner of Yahoo - Raising Meat Rabbit's for maximum yield group

Publications
Yahoo Meat Rabbits Group. www.rabbitzinger.com American Council of Animal Naturopathy www.raisingrabbits.com FaceBook "Rabbit's as meat" group. Owner of Yahoo - Raising Meat Rabbit's for maximum yield group

Education/Credentials
There is no formal training for raising rabbits; its all hands on. I have had a steady rabbit breeding operation for 24 years and have read every book there is on raising rabbits for meat. Additionally, I am a member of several rabbit groups and associations as listed below.

Awards and Honors
None - there are none in this field.

Past/Present Clients
I have helped countless people over the past several decades. These have been people I knew personally or those referred to me by one of the many rabbit organizations I belong to.

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