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Hi there, I have a 5 month old dwarf lion head rabbit.

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Hi there,
I have a 5 month old dwarf lion head rabbit.
I was concerned as he was a bit lethargic yesterday, tried to get him drinking water which proved difficult.
A day later he is really lethargic, did about 6 slightly runny clustered poos at once. He is still eating hay but not very much. Was doing binkys about an hour ago but is still very lethargic. I'm not sure what to do.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
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Expert:  Patience replied 2 years ago.
Hello- I am so sorry George is having this problem.
Lethargy and decreased appetite can be caused by a variety of problems. There may be a digestive issue, or George may be experiencing something else such as pain or disease. For example, it is possible that loose stools could be caused by a parasitic or bacterial infection.
My strong advising is to take your rabbit to a veterinarian experienced with rabbits immediately. The vet can give fluids and a possible injection as well as other remedies. You cannot leave it and hope George will recover on his own, because once a rabbit has the symptoms you described it is unlikely that he will recover without medical care. Time is often vital when considering health issues in rabbits and contacting people via e-mails may be time that can't be afforded. Even out of hours, your local veterinary practice can give advice or send you to an emergency facility.
In the meantime, it is important to keep George hydrated. A syringe or a turkey baster will be useful for that.
I am not sure of your exact location, but if you need a vet referral throughout the UK, you can try these sites:
http://happyhoppers.forumotion.co.uk/t8-finding-a-rabbit-savvy-vet-member-recommendations
http://findavet.rcvs.org.uk/find-a-vet/
I am hoping that you can get Geirge to a vet as soon as possible and that all goes well. Please ratee my response so that I can get credited for working on your issue. Let me know how things go for George, please. Also, I am willing to discuss any followup questions as needed at no extra charge.
Sincerely, ***** *****
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi there,

I actually ended up going to work today because he seemed really bright and happy. Last night he started jumping about and doing binkies around the room and then he'd flop down and look sick again.

He seemed absolutely fine this morning was eating lots and seemed to his old self again however now I'm worried again.

I live in Stoke Newington in North London you don't by any chance know a 24 hr vet around that area?

Many thanks,

Ashley

Expert:  Patience replied 2 years ago.
Hello Ashley-
I am so sorry hat it has taken me a while to get back to you. There were some technical problems with retrieving your file.
I am hoping that George is doing okay. Even if he seemsd much better, I would advise that you take him to a vet for a complete check-up and to also make a relationship where you will be able to ask the vet questions as needed.
If you still are seeking a 24-hour vet in North London, you might try one of these:
http://www.vetsure.com/clinics/village-vet-hampstead-8/
http://www.villagevet.co.uk/practice/hampstead/
http://www.londonnorthvet.ca/
http://www.wellanimalclinic.com/#!small-furries/c10re
In addition, these links will help you connect with people and information to help you with keeping George healthy and happy:
http://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/resources/index.php
http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/forum.php
http://www.binkybunny.com/FORUM/tabid/54/Default.aspx
Once again, please rate my response so that I can get credited for working on your issue, and keep me updated about how things are going with your little guy. Also, I am willing to discuss any followup questions as needed at no extra charge.
Sincerely, ***** *****

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