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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-18-2012, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 7 year old dwarf rabbit. Yesterday I noticed he stumbles while he walks. He acts like a drunk person not able to walk straight. He kind of leans to one side but doesn't fall (at least I havent seen him fall) I cleaned his cage last night and gave him new food and treats. When I woke up this morning I noticed he hasnt touched his food (he is a picky eater and throws food all over his cage that he doesnt like) There wasnt any food missing or thrown around his cage. I just noticed there were shavings kicked everywhere. He was active last night and made some noise and was walking around his cage. Im not sure if he is drinking still or not. I didnt notice how much water I put in his dish last night. I checked it this morning to see how much was in there and I will check it when I get home to see if there is any gone. Has anyone had a rabbit with an issue like this or what could it be?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-18-2012, 11:14 AM
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No one can for sure diagnose your rabbit over the internet. From the symptoms you described, especially the not eating, I would get the rabbit into a vet as soon as you can. Not eating for 12 hours or more is considered a medical emergency in a rabbit.

This is just a guess, but he may have an ear infection. It can cause head tilt and loss of balance. If it is an ear infection, your bunny will most likely need antibiotics and possible meds to manage his dizziness and pain. If he does have an ear issue, the longer you let it go without treatment the worse it will get, and the harder it will be to treat in the long run. Please get him into a vet to see if they can figure out what's going on.

Good luck! I hope your rabbit is ok. Keep us updated.


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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-18-2012, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I am actually going to call the vet in a few minutes. I just wanted to see if anyone has had anything similar with their vet. I hope its nothing major. I love my little guy!
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-18-2012, 12:36 PM
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Acting drunk and not eating is also a sign of kidney failure. Vet definitely.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-18-2012, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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I take him today at 5:15. I am going to a vet that specializes in "exotic" pets as my regular vet doesnt handle rabbits for cases like this
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Good luck at the vet! Let us know how it goes.


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