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Hi there just looking for advice. My 3month old mini lop was in the vets for 4days just home a day ago she got took in with a severe head tilt she couldnt walk and was just turning. She has returned home with anti biotics and is eating and drinking on her own. Was just wondering does this hurt her? And is there anything we can do to support her.
any advice would be great thanks.

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Dear Laura,

While the condition can be distressing to look at, it doesn't seem to be painful.  That your bunny is eating and acting fine tells us that she's dealing with the situation well.

You can read about supportive care and ideas for physical therapy here:

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

and also a more technical article about the possible causes of head tilt here:

http://www.rabbit.org/health/tilt.html

A bunny this young is likely to have either an inner ear infection (lops are prone to this with their mutant ear morphology), or possibly suffered trauma.  But I'm glad your vet is treating the problem and not assuming that torticollis is a death sentence (as some vets inexperienced with this problem do).  Time and patience, and bun will carry on.

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:

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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.


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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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