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Had 8 month old healthy male rabbit neutered yesterday. He ha a pcv of 47 befor procedure and a 35 pcv after procedure. Vet sent him home overnight. Seemed very disoriented responded to voice but had trouble finding water dish. Took him back this morning-pcv29. Xray done-no bleed found.Vet has never seen a case like this in 30 years unsure of what to do. Put him on I.V. Any suggestions?

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Dear Karen,

This is pretty alarming.  If his PCV is steadily going down, he must be bleeding somewhere.  Is it possible that someone at the vet's hospital dropped him or otherwise caused trauma, and didn't report it?

I suggest taking him to another vet for an exam, though I'm not sure how a vet would detect internal bleeding.

If you know someone with a big bunny, a transfusion could be done if his PCV goes very low.  But better to find the source of the bleeding and stop it ASAP!  I hope another vet can find out what is going on.

Sincerely,

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

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Ph.D - Biology
B.S. - Biology
B.A. - English

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Lightspan Academic Excellence Award for web site on rabbit health and biology
(http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare)

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