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hi dana
today, my friend's bunny was diagnosed with a prolapsed rectum :/ . the vet, who is very rabbit savvy, had to put it back in place and use a purse string suture. my friend told the vet that her  bunny is an obsessive chewer and feared that  she might pull the suture out. they sent her home with an e collar. poor bunny is beside herself with the collar. when she takes it off, her bunny eats, etc but after a couple of hours she started going after her rear end. Is there anything that may work better? those damn collars are torture for bunnies....
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JC

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Dear Jeanine,

Yes, E-collars are a nightmare for bunnies!  :(

I know of one person who had success by tying a little cotton "scarf" around the bunny's hips so it was like a little skirt.  Bunny could reach back and try to chew, but the skirt would get in the way.

You just want to be sure not to tie it too tightly, or perhaps use a bit of loose-ish elastic and watch the bunny carefully to be sure she's not going to get herself into trouble with the skirt.

Rabbits make scar tissue *very* quickly.  So probably after 2-3 days the collar will not be necessary.

I hope poor bunny makes a full recovery soon!

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:
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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

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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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