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Last Post by kralspace at 9/10/2007 9:20 AM (5 Replies)
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User is Offline Jonas
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9/07/2007 5:49 AM

Hello all,

We recently got a lovely ~5 months old Dutch rabbit. Since yesterday he hasn't been eating his pellets as much. He has eaten carrots and hay, if a bit less of the latter. Especially today he seems quite listless and has been staying in the undercover, house part of his cage a lot more than usual. It has been very warm here today, could that be the cause? Anyway, any feedback would be greatly appreciated, we love him and we're a little worried!


User is Offline skunklionshow
City of Brotherly "Shove"
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9/07/2007 12:28 PM

I would seriously consider getting your bunny to the vet.  If bunnies don't eat in a 12-24 hour period they can lose substantial weight or die.  I know when I first got Jessica, I thought that eating a little was ok, but sometimes its better to get the vet's input.  I've had to forcefeed both my bunnies due to weight loss.  However, they seemed to be eating a little.  Each time that was required, my vet gave them fluids to ensure they stayed hydrated.

Its just an iffy thing.  I know you don't want to feel like you wasted money or time on a non-urgent vet appointment, but my philosophy is better safe than sorry.

Good Luck & Keep us posted!

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Ghandi

User is Offline Scarlet_Rose
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9/07/2007 12:57 PM

I would definately take him to the vet as there are several serious health concerns connected with his behavior. While it could be nothing, with bunnies you never know because they do not like to let on how sick, ill or hurt they are and every hour you wait to take them to the vet can be detrimental. Has he pooped at all? What is his diet like? What is the temperature where he is. When the temperature reaches about 75 degrees farenheit, bunnies can get heat stroke. Some solutions to heat stroke are freezing a bottle of water and lay it next to him and wetting his ears and blowing on them. Have you ever taken the temperature of a bunny before? While these are some possibilities they may not be it, so definatley get your vet on the phone and take him in.

User is Offline BB
San Francisco Bay Area
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9/07/2007 11:34 PM

Welcome Jonas.  I am sorry that this is happening.  When your bunny is not eating much and has become listless, this really is serious.    When you say it's warm - how warm?  I know that domestic rabbits can suffer from heat stroke if the temperature rises near and over  80 degrees F.   Scarlet has given you some great advice to help cool him off.

Please keep us updated.  IF he STILLis not eating much and  is still listless by the time you read this, I really hope you have or will take him to your vet.

User is Offline Gravehearted
Campbell, CA
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9/09/2007 7:49 PM
Jonas - any update on how your bunny is doing?
~ bunny mom to to HRH Hareiette, Viktor the crazy Krum and Pandora, prima binky ballerina ~ Save a life, Adopt!

User is Offline kralspace
West, Texas
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9/10/2007 9:20 AM
I've been worrying about Jonas also, how's it going?
My Bunny Burrow is full! Pringles & Toby, Daisy & Lola, and my senior citizens Hershey & Simba.
The piggies are back, add Brownie and Sweetpea to the mix.
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