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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HOUSE RABBIT Q & A > I think my Baby Bunny is sick
Last Post by Lisa_43 at 2/25/2008 11:41 PM (13 Replies)
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User is Offline Baby Bunny
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2/21/2008 7:37 PM

I'm not sure, but I think my 6mo Baby Bunny is sick, I observed him tilting to the left today.  Almost like he wanted to take a nap, like dozing.  I cleaned up his cage and placed new bedding in his box, fresh water and food.  I think he has stopped eating too.  when I get home in the morning (I work 11-7) I hope he's hanging in there.  I'll have to bring him to the vet.  Like I need a vet bill.  My horses cost me enough who would think a bunny would have to go to the vet, let's hope he hangs in there.  I'll take any advise or jingles.

User is Offline Lisa_43
Perth Western Australia
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2/21/2008 9:31 PM

Get him to the vet ASAP.

To me this rabbit can't wait or hang in there, PLEASE take him NOW.

I am no expert but he could have head tilt.

Rabbits are not a low maintenace pet, just like any other pet if they get sick they need to see a vet.


Good luck.

User is Offline Cadbury
Ellicott City, MD
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2/22/2008 2:47 AM
I agree,t ake him to the vet ASAP!
The cutest thing I've ever seen - a bunny yawning.

User is Offline Hedi
Dayton, OH
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2/22/2008 3:36 AM

Rabbits can become extremely expensive with vet bills. Did you not know that before getting your baby bun? I would definitely not put off taking your bun to the vet. If he/she has already been sick for a little while then he/she may not be alive when you get home.

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User is Offline MooBunnay
Dallas, Texas (Allen)
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2/22/2008 5:13 AM

Hello Baby Bunny - welcome to Binkybunny! I sure hope that your baby bunny is OK when you get home. It is extremely urgent that you take bunnies to the vet ASAP when they are not eating. The first thing that can go wrong with a bunny is that their digestive system stops working. This can be fatal to a rabbit within 24 hours. Since you have horses, you are probably familiar with the digestive system of a horse, my mom has them too and says that when they get tummy aches, since they can't throw up, its very dangerous to them. I forget what it is called for horses, but it is the same with rabbits, they can die within 24 hours when they get a blockage in their tummy.

If your bunny is just doing a slight tilt to the left, I have a bunny that sleeps like that (we joke that because he was found on a golf course that he must have gotten hit b a golf ball one day and thus the slight lean when he sleeps!) However, if your rabbit is acting dizzy, or tilting even more when you get home, he or she could have head tilt, which will only get more harmful and more expensive to treat as you wait longer to go to the vet.

I know that rabbits aren't as big as horses, but there are also other horse people on here - and I think they'd all agree that rabbits are just as deserving of good healthcare as a horse, and it is just as essential to both species. Rabbits are considered an exotic pet, so please be sure to find a rabbit savvy vet, just as you would not bring your horse to a vet for cats and dogs either I'm sure (It'd probably be hard to get them in the door! haha)

User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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2/22/2008 8:08 AM

welcome here!  i tried to respond earlier but my computer was acting funky.  have you gotten home yet?  how is Baby Bunny doing?

Meadow..... Photobucket ...... Max, my angel bunny

User is Offline brook
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2/22/2008 8:10 AM

Bomber started the head tilt also when he had the tooth abscess.  I noticed it on a saturday morning, he was really lazy and eating less and holding his head to one side and would limp on the same side when he walked.  He went to the vet at 11pm saturday night and they said he should be ok til monday to get to our vet, he died sunday morning at 5 am.  Anything in bunnies is very serious, never let anything go or wait to ride it out because it will be too late.  We found out the hard way.  Obviously by the time Bomber showed symptoms it had already spread infection through his body, so it may not have mattered, but I still think back to the few days before this when he seemed normal, was there anything I could have noticed?  It's so heartbreaking to lose one and I would never want that to happen to anyone else.  Please take him in if he seems even slightly abnormal, it's worth the vet bill.  We were down to our last pennies and had to sell gift certificates from a restaurant to take him in.... so I understand your position, but if there is a way, then you need to take him in.  Good luck and I will pray for your bun.

User is Offline Lisa_43
Perth Western Australia
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2/22/2008 9:48 AM
How is your bunny doing? please keep us updated.

Sending healing vibes for your bunny,

User is Offline Scarlet_Rose
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2/22/2008 1:39 PM

Moobunnay the horse term for GI stasis is colic. Baby Bunny I agree with everyone, the rabbit needs a vet A.S.A.P..

User is Offline Gravehearted
Campbell, CA
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2/24/2008 6:32 PM
Baby Bunny - I will chime in too - please please get your bunny into a bunny savvy vet!
~ bunny mom to to HRH Hareiette, Viktor the crazy Krum and Pandora, prima binky ballerina ~ Save a life, Adopt!

User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
Edmonton, Alberta; Canada
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2/25/2008 5:46 AM
Baby-we're on the edge of our seats!! Can you tell us how she is?

User is Offline Baby Bunny
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2/25/2008 9:44 PM

Hello Everyone,

I Hope this posts correctly.  Sorry I left you all hanging, I work 11 to 7 m-th and I can't afford the internet at home right now.

Baby Bunny is doing better.  He is eating and drinking water. Now If he didn't respond to me enticing him with small treats (apples and carrots), I would have had to go to a vet.  I consulted a local Rabbit 4H leader who is very extemely reputable and recommended local vets who specialize in bunnies.  With the description I gave her she thinks that his teeth are bothering him or he has an ear infection.  He is doing better so I am bringing him to her to evaluate him this afternoon (Tuesday). 

Now don't rip me apart but I don't think rushing to the vet is always the answer.  I don't do that with my horses either.  I do have a good sense of what is an emergency and over the years you just learn not to over react.  I have my two prize show bunnies in my bedroom,  I know every little think they do, so I knew right away something was up.  I have them there because I have three cats, two younger kitties who could care less and hang out with them, and an older stray I took in years ago.  I think he had to rely on nature to survive, so his eyes bulge out of head when I have the bunnies out with me.  He's a pretty obedient kitty and listens to me, but I still don't trust him.

Thanks for all of your responses.  I was kidding over the weekend saying that they should have one of those books for Dummies about Rabbits and when I was in the pet store picking up cat food, there it was.  Now, if someone needed horse advice that's another story.  For example:  Yes, horses don't vomit and when they experience digestive upset it can turn to "Colic" and that is when it can take a turn for the worse, but, being a horse owner and in the business for forty of my forty five years, you just know these things from experience, throught the experience of others, and your vet.  

I will let you all know what happens with him in the next few days.  His health is more important to me than him being a show rabbit and breeding (which is why a purchased him).  He wont be able to be shown or for breeding if his teeth are bad, never mind the head tilt.  That's o.k. because he's a pet, he's my baby bunny.

Thanks again, Baby Bunnies Mom

User is Offline BB
San Francisco Bay Area
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2/25/2008 10:21 PM

In my opinion, especially with rabbits, which can die within 24 hours of not eating or pooping, it would be very hard to over-react. Even if a vet doesn't have the answer right away, they can give fluids that can extend a bunny's life while they look for the answer. Also, with head-tilt, IF it was due to e.cuniculi, then waiting is more likely to cause permanent damage, so especially with head-tilt, I would lean towards "better safe than sorry".

I know it's really hard with vet billls - so expensive -  we pay for the vet, not the pet.

I know you said in your most recent post that your bunny is doing better. That's great, and I am very relieved it all worked out.  I do not recommend though that anyone ever wait under the circumstances you had described..

User is Offline Lisa_43
Perth Western Australia
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2/25/2008 11:41 PM
Ditto to what BB said.
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