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    Hi all,

    Our rabbit Bear was lying down, paws in front of him, shaking this morning. He looked a bit grumpy, but that's not massively unusual. He wouldn't come down from the top of the hutch to the run area, or eat. He did hop away when offered food so appears mobile at least, when he's had suspected GI in the past he'd just lie there and not move regardless.

    He's an odd rabbit, typically if we wake him up at the wrong time he'll be "funny" for 30 mins to an hour.

    Unfortunately, have had to go to work this morning, as he was fine last night we'll see how he is later. Planning to take to the vets if behavior persists.

    Any ideas what causes these symptoms?

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    I am sorry that Bear is unwell. When was the last time you know for certain that he has eaten or drunk? Can you see evidence that he is producing poo and if so, do they look normal?

    In my view a rabbit who is not eating and is shaking is quite poorly and should see a vet, both to establish what the issue is and to receive medication. When will someone be able to check on him?

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    Last night he was completely fine/normal.

    Unfortunately can't confirm he is pooing as we have two rabbits.

    I agree with your view, my girlfriend will be back home at 4pm-ish and if he's still not well whisk him off to the vets - as we'll know he hasn't been right for a while then. This is probably the 4th or 5th time we've been concerned since getting him nearly 2 years ago. Fortunately, he tends to be OK after a few hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrisrules334 View Post
    Hi all,

    Our rabbit Bear was lying down, paws in front of him, shaking this morning. He looked a bit grumpy, but that's not massively unusual. He wouldn't come down from the top of the hutch to the run area, or eat. He did hop away when offered food so appears mobile at least, when he's had suspected GI in the past he'd just lie there and not move regardless.

    He's an odd rabbit, typically if we wake him up at the wrong time he'll be "funny" for 30 mins to an hour.

    Unfortunately, have had to go to work this morning, as he was fine last night we'll see how he is later. Planning to take to the vets if behavior persists.

    Any ideas what causes these symptoms?
    Rabbits tend to go downhill very quickly. Your rabbit not eating and shaking probably means his guts stopped completely and that his temperature is dropping and / or that he is in extreme pain. It is an EMERGENCY, you don't have the time to see how it goes and he won't get better by himself (him being fine last night means nothing, having a rabbit be 'normal' when you go to bed and be in stasis when you wake up is a classic). Ileus can be treated but the more you wait the harder it will be and the longer the stasis lasts the more you risk bacteria multiplying in his guts / death from hypothermia. Your rabbit needs and x-ray to rule out blockage. Then he needs Metacam for the pain, Emeprid / Reglan to get things moving, water (syringe fed or by IV) and a heating pad. Can't you get someone to take him to the vet now? If you can't, at least get an appointment with your vet for when you get off work. DON'T WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW.

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    Definitely won't wait until tomorrow if he's the same. Hoping the girlfriend can get out of work at lunch to check on him, we both have long commutes though which does make it more difficult.

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    Personally Id get him to the vets as a matter of urgency, the sooner the better. Sending lots of vibes for him xx

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    Do hope you can get a vet appointment as soon as possible. Sending lots of vibes. xx

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    Thanks all. The girlfriend is asking her work if she can get home at lunch to check. Will keep you posted. Vets near us always have time for emergencies fortunately

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    Really hope you manage to get bunny the vets as soon as possible, sending him massive get well vibes xx
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    Girlfriend is able to go home at lunch and check. Fingers crossed, if not she'll whisk him to vets

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