BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BEHAVIOR > Is my bunny in pain, or just really stressed??
Last Post by ~M. at 8/30/2012 11:26 AM (6 Replies)
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User is Offline ~M.
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8/27/2012 2:12 PM

My two rabbits, Doodle and Leonidas, has recently been moved from my parents house to my own. The ride was four hours and, against my wishes, my parents had the rabbits in the back of a truck in a pet carrier. It was obviously a very stressful trip. I've been in my new place for a couple of days and Leonidas has adjusted just fine, but Doodle always seems to be breathing heavily, has really wide eyes, and is losing  A LOT of fur. She will come out of her carrier, explore, lay down next to me and let me pet her, and she'll even stretch out to relax. But all the while her eyes are huge, she's breathing quickly and she's losing a ton of fur. I'm not sure if she's still really stressed out from the trip - she's a rather sensitive rabbit - or if she's in some kind of pain/sick. Should I take her to a vet or give her another couple days to adjust???

Thanks so much! 

User is Offline mocha200
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8/27/2012 3:36 PM
It kind of sounds like she is hot? What breed is she and how hot is it in the house?

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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8/28/2012 2:52 AM

It's my experience that if your bunny is acting strange, it usually warrants a trip to the vet.

Is she still eating and pooping normally?

I hope your parents will listen to you next time, as that is a very dangerous and stressful way to transport bunnies.
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User is Offline Elrohwen
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8/28/2012 10:49 AM
It sounds like stress, but stress can easily become a medical condition (stasis, etc). A visit to the vet is probably in order.

What kind of environment is she in now? She should be left in the quietest place possible, with plenty of hiding spots, so she can adapt. Definitely keep an eye on her eating and pooping to make sure that's normal.
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User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
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8/28/2012 6:52 PM
Is she eating, peeing, pooping, drinking?

Can you whip out and get a thermometer to take her temperature?

I always think vet is best, but if shes super stressed, I don't think a car trip is a good idea. So to judge that, I'd need to evaluate based on her normal functions-eating, drinking, sleeping, norm temps, pooping and peeing. If any of those are out of whack, I'd go quickly to the vet. And send the bill to my parents but yikes-that's just me

User is Offline RabbitPam
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8/29/2012 5:04 AM
Is she any better today? One thing to be sure to do is make her habitat in your house as close to exactly the same as what she's been used to.
Did you move them so far away that you are going to be using a different vet? If so, I would definitely take her to a new vet for a check up. But I agree about the stress of another car ride, so a familiar carrier with a soft cushion or towel and a calm ride would be good.

If he eating, pooping and general functions are normal today, and she seems a bit better, then it's probably the stress. Don't ask her to come out and explore your home yet. Let her stay in her familiar habitat and only venture out in the room she's housed in, if at all. Keep petting her and talking soothingly. And a hidey place within her house if she doesn't have one is an excellent suggestion. You may have noises that you don't notice that she hears from outside that are adding to her unfamiliar surroundings. They hear much better than we do, so soothing sounds like your voice or soft music may calm her as well.
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User is Offline ~M.
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8/30/2012 11:26 AM

She's doing a little better right now. She's definitely eating, pooping, and peeing like she always has. She's still losing a lot of fur, and she's not using it to make nests or anything. Her eyes are still pretty big all the time. 

The temperature here is actually colder than where we were before, so I can't imagine that any kind of temperature change would prompt her to lose her fur. I've given her a specific cage to be in, tucked in a safe quiet corner of my room, and she explores only a small portion of the room she's in when she's feeling comfortable. 

I do not, however, have a vet here, so that is something I would have to look into.  Thanks for all the advice. 

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