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I got 2 male rabbits which are now 45 days old. One of them who was very active earlier has now started showing signs of lethargy. He is eating his food of alfalfa hay, pellets, greens which includes celery, parsley, cilantro & cauliflower leaves & a small piece of banana. He's excreting normal. I got his legs checked & there is no deformality. He is breathing normally, no panting. Still he just hops a few steps & lie down. What could be the problem? Please help.
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Aditi

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Dear Aditi,

There are so many possibilities that it's impossible for me to diagnose what might be wrong without more information.  The best option is to take the bunny to a veterinarian who can do a full exam.  You might be able to find one who is familiar with rabbit medicine using the international listings linked here:

http://www.rabbit.org/vet

In the meantime, please read:

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

for tips on how to tell if your bunny is ill, and what to do until you can get him to a vet.

Check the bunny all over, including turning him over to be sure there's nothing alarming on his underside.  Check his teeth, to see if they are overgrown, preventing him from eating.  Check his feet to be sure they are not ulcerated or otherwise showing signs of injury.

I hope he will be fine.

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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