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Hello;

I have two female rabbits, one at 4 years old and the other at 1 year. Recently they have started to fight to the point where i can not let them near each other. I am wondering why this sudden fighting has occurred? The youngest had a bath due to medical reasons and that seemed to set it off, i put it down to stress but now, more than a week on, theres no change. The year old is always the one that sets it off, resulting in hair pulling and front feet fighting but no mounting so i do not believe it's a dominance thing. They were difficult to bond to start with and they've never been very close. Will i have to start the bonding process again?

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Hi, Holly.

Oh, dear.  Yes, a bath could certainly have set things off, as the bathed bunny came back smelling like a stranger.  We always recommend that if one member of a bonded pair needs veterinary care that BOTH bunnies go, to prevent exactly this sort of thing.

I think you will find the articles here useful:

http://rabbit.org/tag/bonding/

And especially this one:

http://rabbit.org/mending-a-broken-bunny-bond/

I hope it will help to bring peace and harmony back to your 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:

RULE #1:
THE INTERNET IS NOT THE PLACE TO SEEK HELP IN AN EMERGENCY.

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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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