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I have a 6month old blue eyed white lion head I also got his sister at the same time she seemed perfectly fine but when I came in from work one afternoon 2 weeks after getting her she had sadly died, we still have the brother who has always been really quiet but about 3 weeks ago he had a fit I went in like I always did talking to him through the cage so he new I was there and put is food in but he just started running so fast into the sides of his hutch then lay twitching really stiff when he stopped I wrapped him in a towel and lay him on my knee as I didn't think he would make it but after a little while he got up and acted like nothing has happened he's now doing the same thing most days but after a few minutes he's back to his usual self what should I do? Thanks in advance Chelsea

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Hi Chelsea

Sorry to hear about your bun. I do wonder, if you had siblings and one has passed, if this is a genetic abnormality.

I would recommend getting your bun to the vet asap for a full MOT. Ask them to check for the EC parasite which does effect the brain and can cause fits. The parasite can also prove fatal if it doesn't get treated. If its an all clear there, blood tests and a scan would be a good idea, make sure there isn't a deficiency or an abscess or tumour causing problems.

Definitely a trip to the vet. Make sure you've got a good exotic bunny-savvy vet, not all vets know their rabbits!

Good luck!
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I can answer questions around the welfare of pet rabbits, basic health queries including gut stasis, diet worries, bonding questions and the proper welfare standards around housing rabbits (i.e. no wire floors, no small cages and they should be kept in properly bonded de-sexed pairs in very large enclosures). I cannot answer showing questions nor complex breeding issues as I do not agree with either, seeing the other end of the story in the world of rabbit rescue.

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I have two 7 year old rescue rabbits and volunteer for a well established rabbit rescue here in the UK, both physically doing cleaning out etc and I am also their events and awareness co-oordinator, helping educate the general public on proper rabbit keeping, this means I have to ensure all information I give is correct and matches current welfare standards.

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I belong to the RWAF (Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund) and volunteer for a major rabbit rescue.

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I have no formal education on this subject, however read everything I can to keep up to date with current welfare standards and health problems. Both my rabbits have sensitive guts and constantly keep me on my toes.

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