Follow-Ups to Answer from Expert Dana Krempels, Ph.D.
Julie wrote at 2014-02-06 21:38:32
I recently lost a rabbit. I'm not sure how exactly but I'm blaming cats. We first noticed that he had blood on his head and would stay still. I picked him up (which is unusual as he would never let us pick him up before) and wrapped him up in a towel and took him indoors. I cleaned the blood and noticed 2 tiny scratches on his skin. He stayed wrapped up for many hours often falling asleep and we tried to comfort him. However, after a while he suddenly tried to scurry around but then just laid down, took a few wheezy breaths and then gave in and died. It was very upsetting. We also noticed that his 2 bottom teeth were wobbly so I'm consoling myself a little by thinking he must have bitten the cat really hard to try to escape. It was a difficult decision to keep him at home instead of taking him to the vets, I just thought that he was probably in shock and needed time to come round - I really don't know if anything could have been done to change the outcome.
Anthea wrote at 2015-04-29 06:48:52
Hi Lindsey and Dana,
Thank you both for posting this experience. This may ease your pain. My bunny just passed away in her sleep last night ... I knew something wasn't right as she was attached by her boyfriend of 2 years, this was the most unusual thing ever. Her wound was so tiny, so I thought I would keep her by herself, warm and safe. She didn't survive the night. I now am torturing myself with the "what if" ... But my thought at the time was she is such a timid little angel, that hated to be touched and hated non familiar surroundings ... I was just see how she was the next day.
Maybe she would have died at the vets, maybe she would have survived ... I will never know .. And it hurts like crazy.
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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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