Question This morning me and my sister went out to feed our rabbits. When we opened the cage the rabbit just sat there; didn't move at all. So we lighting tapped on its side to try to get it to move and it rolled over and got back up and sat there and didn't move like before. I got him or of the cage and put him in he ground and he just sat there. so I put him back and put a little hay in his cage. he didn't eat very much. I came back out to check on his at around 10:30; about an hour later and he had moved in his cage but he he still was very floppy and stumbled a lot when he tried to walk. So I wondered if he was bloated. we got him or of his cage and checked. we noticed that when we put our hand on his spine you could feel around his spine like his stomach was really floppy and squishy. what could be wrong? is it a serious illness? what can I do?
Answer Dear Kayla,
This is an extreme emergency, and you need to get your rabbit to a good rabbit vet immediately. Please find one here:
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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If your rabbits is LETHARGIC
If your rabbit is NOT EATING
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National House Rabbit Society (Board member)
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Warren Peace (Journal of the House Rabbit Society of Miami)
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B.S. - Biology
B.A. - English
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