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Yesterday my two and a half Dutch bunny didn't want to eat. He is the type that eats everything at anytime. I was trying to give him an apple in case something was wrong with his food and he just pushed it away from him. He didn't drink water and he didn't move. He was laying down in the corner of the cage (even though his cage is always open) and he was closing his eyes really weirdly. I tried to pet him and he was freezing! So I picked him up and pet him. About ten minutes later he jumped and started to run in the room (his normal behavior) but I wonder what exactly happen to him? Now he is ok, but should I take him to a veterinarian to get checked?
Please help me.

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Dear Or,

When a bunny behaves in an unusual way, it's important to know how to tell if it's an emergency requiring veterinary care or not.  Please read:

http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/sickbun.html

It's also a good idea to have a rabbit-savvy vet already known and ready in case you need one.  You can find a rabbit-experienced vet with the referral list linked here:

http://www.rabbit.org/vet

I'm glad your bunny is feeling better, but it's not a bad idea to find a good rabbit vet and have a full wellness checkup so you have a professional relationship with the vet *before* you have an emergency.

Hope this helps.

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.

...it is an EMERGENCY.

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.


RULE #2:
Help me help you! Please make your subject line informative if you have an urgent question. then LET ME KNOW IN THE SUBJECT LINE so I can give your question highest priority over non-urgent questions. If you don't do this, then I can't guarantee timely assistance!

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)

Publications
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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