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Dear Dana,

My question is about my dwarf rabbit. I am going to move in another town and I'm worried about him! He is 1 and an half year's old and he grew up in my house with a mild climate, humid every season.
Now I am moving to a mountain town with a very dry weather and cold at an altitude of 2000 meters.
Can the weather and the altitude affect my rabbit? Considering he lived on the plain since he was born. I know that the oxygen is lesser on the mountain. The rabbit may get sick or something... What do you think Dana?

Thank you very mica for tour help.
Marcello

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Dear Marcello,

Like you, your bunny will gradually acclimate to the new conditions.  Just don't make him exert himself once he's at the new altitude.  Within a month or so, his blood cell levels will have adjusted, and he will be able to handle things just fine.

He will enjoy the cooler climate naturally, as it's closer to what his ancestors evolved to survive in.  

Enjoy your new home!

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.

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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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