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My rabbit isn't 1 years yet. Last night we found him just laying around. He is still eating and drinking but u have to hand feed it and the same with the water. But all he will move is his head and nothing else.  I was wondering if he could be paralyzed. I just dunno what to do with him. Don't want him stuffer and he also isn't neutered.

Hi Lindsay

Sorry to hear your rabbit isn't well. I really recommend a vet visit today!!

There are a number of issues that cause lethargy including gut stasis, bloat, the EC parasite or "floppy rabbit syndrome" or he may have physically injured himself as they do have a very fragile skeleton - these all require IMMEDIATE vet attention. There are no home treatments.

You can read this on floppy rabbit syndrome, but read whilst you're in the vet's waiting room!

Good luck.


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I can answer questions around the welfare of pet rabbits, basic health queries including gut stasis, diet worries, bonding questions and the proper welfare standards around housing rabbits (i.e. no wire floors, no small cages and they should be kept in properly bonded de-sexed pairs in very large enclosures). I cannot answer showing questions nor complex breeding issues as I do not agree with either, seeing the other end of the story in the world of rabbit rescue.


I have two 7 year old rescue rabbits and volunteer for a well established rabbit rescue here in the UK, both physically doing cleaning out etc and I am also their events and awareness co-oordinator, helping educate the general public on proper rabbit keeping, this means I have to ensure all information I give is correct and matches current welfare standards.

I belong to the RWAF (Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund) and volunteer for a major rabbit rescue.

I have no formal education on this subject, however read everything I can to keep up to date with current welfare standards and health problems. Both my rabbits have sensitive guts and constantly keep me on my toes.

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