My rabbit won't move!

My rabbit won't move and will just stay in the same place for hours!! he won't eat on his own, only when I hand feed him. When I put him down he just flops over and will just lay there and not move. He's not using his back feet either. Just won't walk. Usually when I let him out of his cage he is running around chasing things but all he does is lie there looking dead :/ , I don't think he has diarrhea or anything. WHATS WRONG WITH HIM? PLEASE HELP!

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Nov 15, 2016
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My Bunny Is Barely Moving
by: Anonymous

My young bunny got pregnant. It looks like she gave birth and the neighbor's cat ate them all. She has gotten weak and is lying on her side and cannot stand for just a second and lies down. I don't know what to do. I do not know if she is upset and weak because of the babies, or is she sick. Please help!!!

***** Karen Sez *****
Sorry to hear it, Anon. Very hard to say what the issues are here, sounds like your rabbit is very sick. High time for a vet visit, stat. Good luck.

Oct 05, 2016
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Rabbits essentially are paralyzed from waist down
by: Anonymous

I had 12 rabbits and over the coarse of 2 years I'm down to just 3, and two started yesterday with symptoms. Nearly lifeless but still eating. Not drinking. No apparent trauma. I think it is E. cuniculi. Has anyone received a diagnosis for this apparent paralysis sickness that seems to be going on?? A lot of forums I'm reading have these similar symptoms.

Sep 29, 2016
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Something wrong with my bunny
by: Anonymous

We have a dwarf bunny at home he's around the age of 3 months I guess. Since a few days he's very quiet, sitting in the same corner all the time and he barely eats. Today he did something very weird, he started running like a madman and he ran against everything, Then he fell on the ground and started shaking severely, now he just lays down in his cage. Does anybody know what's the problem? Thx in advance.

***** Karen Sez *****
So sorry to hear it, Anon. This sounds very much like a case of EC (or Nosema), which is a common parasite infection especially among smaller pet rabbits. Officially, there are no treatments, but unofficially, some breeders have gotten results with certain antibiotics.

You'll find the treatments folks have tried in this book: Rabbit Raising Problem Solver, but I cannot vouch for whether or not they will work. Also, I have no experience with EC in my own rabbits, as they never were infected.

Best of luck with everything.

Aug 15, 2016
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Boy rabbits not moving
by: Anonymous

Hi, my girl bunnies are fine but I am holding the daddy and the only male baby tonight. Both are limp but breathing, they twitch sometimes. The babies were in the cage with mom, daddy bunny has his own cage area. Any idea what might have happened and how long can they live like this before I might have to put them down. I live in the middle of farm country with no easy access to a vet.

***** Karen Sez *****
Sorry to hear it. I am not able to tell if the cause is diet or disease. You really need a vet's opinion, but I am also not sure if there is time to make a difference in the longevity of your rabbits, sorry!

Try withholding pellets and feeding nothing but grass hay and water to ALL your rabbits for 48-72 hours. This would be in case they have a case of early-onset diarrhea (meaning no symptoms yet) which can be fatal. By treating all the rabbits, you may be able to avert problems in the other rabbits. (Going forward, examine your feeding practices for excessive sugars.)

If the issue is disease (the most likely culprit is EC - see the info on EC on the Rabbit Iillnesses page), there is little that can be done, except to ride the storm and hope for a good outcome. The page mentions some medicines that others have used successfully; if you have any of them on hand, you could perhaps give that route a whirl.

Good luck with everything.

Lastly, Rabbit Raising Problem Solver offers comprehensive info on rabbit health emergencies like this, which can be especially useful for folks like yourself without ready access to veterinary care.


Aug 08, 2016
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Same
by: ROSE

My bunny is doing the same thing he was all happy then this morning he just wasn't. He keeps falling over and I have to give him his food. He's still alive but he only trys to move his front legs and his head goes up... it's just really scary because I love this bunny

Aug 07, 2016
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I think my daughters bunny is dying.
by: Johnny

Our bunny is around 4 months old and is always running around when we let him outta his cage. Yesterday he was fine but today he's having diarrhea and barely moving he's not wanting to eat or drink and his breathing is down to barely nothing compared to the normal. My daughter is 8 years old and is hysterical. She loves this bunny to death its a mini Rex. What could be wrong?

***** Karen Sez *****
Sorry to hear it Johnny, follow the directions on the Rabbit Diarrhea page to a "t" - the info in red letters, and the list of information directly following. Good luck with everything.


Jul 12, 2016
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Bunny was still soft after passing away
by: Anonymous

When I came home one night I noticed my daughters bunny on her side. She was a month and one week old. I went to move her to see if she was just laying down - no reaction when I moved her, no breathing. She was lifeless. She was gone. Since it was late at night the next day we went to bury her. When I picked her up she was still soft and limp. She's a white bunny; you could tell she was gone because her skin looked dark and she was already starting to smell, no breathing, no moving, nothing.

Does anyone have an idea on how she could have passed away, and why was she was still soft?

***** Karen Sez *****
We're sorry the bunny died, Anon. You'll find the probable reason for death at this link:
http://www.raising-rabbits.com/weaning-worries.html

It was limp because after rigor mortis sets in, a bit of time passes, and then rigor mortis relaxes again as the rabbit begins to decay. This tells me that the rabbit had been dead for, well, I don't know, a vet would know, but for a long while at least, especially if you could already smell something decaying.

Jul 08, 2016
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Baby bunny is sick, not moving
by: Anonymous

Hi I have a litter of baby bunnies. They are 5 1/2 weeks old. I noticed yesterday one seemed to have a slight upset tummy and wasn't moving around a lot. Though sitting upright still. today her bum was plastered in her own mess.

I brought her in to bathe the bottom 1/2 of her and now she's pretty lifeless. I have her wrapped up and on a hot water bottle to get her warmed up. She is still breathing and every now and again letting out a little squeak, I've managed to syringe a little water with vitamin drops into her and also a little kitten milk to try give her some energy. Is there anything else that can be done.

I've tried pulling her front leg out slightly to see what her reflexes are like and she isn't even attempting to pull it back. Is there any hope for her.

***** Karen Sez *****
Ugh, sorry to hear it. This is not a back problem, this is gastroenteritis. Probably by the time you read this the sick little one will have passed. Its gut bacteria population is all messed up and unhealthy, hence the sticky diarrhea.

But there's hope for the others if you will follow the directions on the Rabbit Diarrhea page - remove all feed for 24-48 hours and offer only grass hay, such as timothy, and water. Get a veterinary opinion if needed.

Lots more info in our book: Rabbit Raising Problem Solver.

Jun 26, 2016
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Help Me Please
by: Anonymous

My rabbit Thumper is not moving. She sleeps outside in a cage since she's still small. I woke up to check on her this morning to find out she was in the sun. I quickly went towards her and moved her. I was kinda scared cause I picked her up but she didn't react.

I gave her a shower because of the heat thinking it would get her moving. Now she only moves her head and front arms. She DOESN'T move her back legs. She doesn't eat or drink anything. Even when I hand feed her. I'm really scared because I don't want her to die. Please help me.

***** Karen Sez *****
Sorry to hear it Anon. I guess you already know the heat and direct sunlight was a problem. You've been doing the best you can to help make her better. Now, time will tell. Taking Thumper to a vet, will also be helpful, if it survives the weekend, to learn if the rabbit also injured the back, in addition to being heat-struck. Good luck with everything.

Jun 09, 2016
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Please help, hind legs not working
by: Anonymous

My bunny, he's two months old. He can't walk on his back feet. He just drags them with him. He was out in my backyard for two days and just today in the morning I noticed that. Maybe he ate something or a spider or something bit him. Please help.

***** Karen Sez *****
Sorry to hear it, Anon. Sounds very much like a broken back, but it also might be a poisoning (doubtful), or a parasite infection in the brain. Your bunny needs a vet visit right away. There may be hope for the bunny, depending on the diagnosis, but the vet might also say there's nothing that'll bring back the use of the legs, especially if the back is broken. Wishing you all the best....

Jun 08, 2016
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I think my bunny is dying
by: Anonymous

I had my bunny for less than a week and it's probably 2 weeks old. He was always pretty calm but this morning I found him lying down. Like on his side. I thought he was dead but I picked him up and he wasn't. I knew this because when he fell to his side I could see his chest grow then deflate. My sister said she felt his heartbeat. He won't eat too. He opened his mouth twice too. But closed it quickly after. And if I position him straight up on a flat surface he moved his arms a lot. I'm not sure what's up and I need help.

***** Karen Sez *****
Please tell me your bunny is older that 2 weeks old. At that age, they barely have their eyes open, and still need mom's milk for at the bare minimum 2 more weeks. You probably meant 12 weeks, right?

The bun does seem to be gravely ill. It needs a veterinary opinion stat....

May 19, 2016
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Not sure what happened
by: Anonymous

My baby rabbit just died, She was roughly 3 months old. She was very still but then she didn't wake up in the morning. From what I've read it sounds like maybe she had damage to her spine, but would that be fatal in only a few hours?

***** Karen Sez *****
Hey Anon, sorry to hear it. It is much more likely that your young rabbit suffered an upset of the digestive tract. (A diet high in sweet treats can be hugely problematic, for example.) Other likely possibilities are an acute infection that traveled to the brain or that overwhelmed the animal's immune system. If the rabbit had had spinal damage, you would have seen some paralysis or difficulty moving rather than the symptoms you describe.

If you have other rabbits or plan to replace this one, you'll find a ton of answers in Rabbit Raising Problem Solver.


Apr 17, 2016
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My rabbit isn't standing.
by: Anonymous

Okay, my Rabbit is acting himself other than his back right leg isn't supporting him. Nothing feels wrong and he's not making any sound like he's in pain. He just won't stand up on his hind leg. I can set him up but he just flops over. He eats and drinks fine, he poops and all that but he just won't stand. We have a vet exam coming up this week, just wanted to see if anyone had any ideas. Thanks!

***** Karen Sez *****

Yeah, a vet exam is what is needed. The two most likely health problems given your description of the symptoms is a damaged spinal column due to a wrenched back from a fright, or possibly EC, also known as nosema. This is a parasite that can get into the brain. In this case, the symptoms depend on what area of the brain is affected.

Both rabbit sicknesses have been known to heal completely, but so much will depend on the condition of the rabbit and the extent of the injury. Your vet will be able to pin it down exactly.

On the other hand, it might be as simple as a sore on the bottom of the foot. But I'm sure you've already checked the feet?

Let us know how this works out, okay?



Apr 14, 2016
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bad news
by: Anonymous

Yesterday, I went on this site to see what was wrong with my female rabbit as she was lying down and not doing anything. We then went to the vet and she was uncomfortable during the car ride. When we got to the vet we explained what happened and she suggested a broken back. We then let them examine her and waited. They came back with bad news. Her stomach felt like it had too much liquid inside like blood. Unfortunately I had to put Clover down because even if we had her go through surgery there was a very high chance of her passing away on the table. The vet suggested that it may have been cancer in her uterus. We said our goodbye's and now she's gone.

Jan 19, 2016
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my bunny can't hop
by: Anonymous

One of my 4 bunnies can't hop, every thing else is fine she eats, pees and poos and she crawls around but she just can't seem to hop.

The vets around my area don't know much about bunnies so I don't know what to do. It is about 4 weeks old. All the other bunnies are very well and this bunny seems healthy, it just can't hop. Pls help!

***** Karen Sez *****

Hmm, either there is possibly some sort of a birth defect, or possibly a microbial infection that is affecting the motor area of the brain. It's called EC, short for Encephalitozoon cuniculi, the causative parasite. This bug is fairly common in pet rabbits. If this is the cause, then the bunny got it from her mom, and the other kits are exposed. They may never show symptoms and live just fine if the body can control the parasite before it gets an upper hand somewhere in the body.

In the case of EC, there IS a chance your bunny could eventually get better and be none the worse for it all. Also in the case of EC, ALL your bunnies should be quarantined from any outside bunnies for, say, 4-6 months. (After this time frame they are no longer infectious).

Of course, there's no way for me to be able to make any sort of diagnosis from way over here, and besides, I am not a vet.

There's a helpful section about this infection in the book,
Rabbit Raising Problem Solver.

Also, I would think a vet should be able to help you test for EC, and also to check the bunny over for defects or to make a proper diagnosis. Good luck, and enjoy your rabbits.


Jan 17, 2016
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My rabbit's leg
by: Anonymous

Please can somebody help me - my rabbit has done something to its leg when it walks about. It's just dragging its leg along. The leg is just out at the side it looks like dead leg. I don't think it has done anything to hurt its leg. Can somebody please help

***** Karen Sez *****

Hmm, almost sounds like the rabbit has dislocated the hip? (I can't be sure, of course, cuz I'm way over here.) Hip or back problems can happen if the rabbit startles sharply from fright for whatever reason.

Your best bet is to make a trip to the vet, if the bunny doesn't get much better soon.

Another possibility is a sprained back with swelling around the spinal column causing weakness/paralysis of one leg. The fact that the other leg is working is a good sign. Try immobilizing your rabbit carefully so swelling in the spinal column can subside which will restore function to the damaged leg.


Dec 14, 2015
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My Rabbit has stopped moving but still breathing
by: Anonymous

Hello ,

I am here for some advice, My bunny has stopped moving COMPLETELY but he is still breathing!! HE usually is very energetic and tries to run away when you pick him up but today I tried to pick him up and he didn't move, I have been giving him water without him trying to stop me.

I have him laying on a wet face washer and have the fan blowing on him , I thought it may be dehydration or something? ANY HELP WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED

Nov 21, 2015
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More Questions
by: Deb

Thank you for your comments. I have no problem showing mercy on my little friend. But I don't want to put her down for mere convenience on my part. As I stated she still eats and drinks. She still plays and tosses her toys. Her initial blood work is all good. She does have redness on her hind hocks which is unclear to me if this is causing her to fall. I believe she is around 8 but not sure since someone dumped her off in my yard 6 years ago. The vet said she saw no reason to euthanize when I took her in 2 weeks ago. She is supposed to be a bunny only vet. Perhaps I am just fooling myself but I feel the real diagnosis of her problem is being overlooked. If anyone else has had a bunny who old fall and could not get up and has since recovered I would be greatful to hear about it. Thank you so much.

Nov 20, 2015
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My Bunny is Flopping and Can't Get Up
by: Anonymous

Unlike the other bunnies on this post, my bunny has never lost her appetite. I took her to the vet as thought I should put her down. Did blood tests... all vital organs are functioning fine.

Getting poopy stuck to her butt from sitting in litter box. Washing her daily. She is on the 14th day of her antibiotic but is still having incidents when she falls she cannot get back up. She does still hop a little but seems unable to maintain balance and at times hops crooked. She does have some red lines on her hind feet and a just noticed a big bump on the base of her ear.

Why did the vet not see any of this? Any suggestions. I feel bad as I have to change her bedding twice a day and usually wash her bottom too. It's all okay as long as she is not suffering. Does this sound like she her quality of life is gone. She seems herself except she cannot get up when she falls over on her side.

I am very worried and just found this site so thought someone might have some suggestions.

***** Karen Sez *****
Ugh, sorry to hear it. I cannot speak for the vet; rabbits are very different from cats and dogs.

The most likely causes of your rabbit's symptoms are either pasteurellosis, or EC, a parasite that likes to travel to the eyes, brain, and kidneys. This disrupts the rabbit's balance and can cause other brain or eye-related symptoms.

With pasteurellosis, you would be seeing sneezing and either clear, yellow or white nasal discharge. Pasteurellosis can also travel up the ear tubes to the brain, causing the dizziness and "flopping." All bad news, I know.

It is difficult to speak to the rabbit's quality of life. I am not sure whether it is in pain or not, but it sure sounds like the animal is quite sick, and the antibiotics are not doing the trick.

If a bacterial or parasitic infection continues to rage, and with sufficient treatment does not improve, either the antibiotic is not as strong as the germ, or the treatment program is incorrect for the problem, or the rabbit's immune system is giving out.

The loose stools are probably due to the antibiotic killing some of the intestinal flora. So, withhold food for 24 - 48 hours, and feed just hay/straw and water for 2 days. Hopefully this should help improve the poo situation.

You did not mention how old was the rabbit. Sometimes, with rabbits, if the immune system is inadequate or the infection is particularly strong, the rabbit cannot seem to get better. If so, putting the animal down is a merciful thing to do.

(Some rabbit owners pursue treatment options for as long as the rabbit draws a breath, and that's their choice. You also have choices as the owner of your rabbit; how you choose to to proceed is entirely your choice, no judgment passed.)


Oct 08, 2015
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Need help
by: Anonymous

I have had the same problem, I raised 5 baby rabbits because a dog had gotten into the nest and killed the others. They were all boys and were doing fine but after about 2 weeks I came home and one had the same problem and died, then about a couple weeks later another one died with the same problem, the 3rd one got the same thing but pulled through and I had him for another month and a half then let him go. I just let the 4th one go about a week and a half ago and he had no problems the entire time. I kept the 5th one and now I come home and he isn't acting right and it seems like he's developing the same symptoms. I came home and he was sitting in one spot instead of hopping around to come to me, underneath him when he moved was a lot of poop. What can I do? Any recommendations?

Oct 08, 2015
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My rabbit won't move again
by: Anonymous

A while back my rabbit couldn't move, couldn't even stand and the vet said it was e-cuniculi but it's been a few months now and no problems but I went to pick her up and she was all floppy again but this time she was just managing to stand up, took her straight to the vet and she is having to stay overnight as the vets do not know what is happening to her? Is there any reason why?

Sep 15, 2015
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Bunny
by: Anonymous

My bunny was fine hours ago I cane home and it could only move it's eyes and nose. It died in my arms. Very sad

Aug 21, 2015
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I'm so lost with my bunny
by: Anonymous

So I let my bunny run around in the yard sometimes and I left him out and later when I found him he looks dead but still eats food by hand and drinks little water. He can move his front legs but back ones are a fail. I don't want him to die ... but he poops very diarrhea like ...

Aug 06, 2015
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my bunny wont move or eat!!!!!
by: Bella Pop

My bunny is staying in the corner of her cage and won't move or eat she is still alive but acting like she is hurt or something does anyone know why??

***** Karen Sez *****
Sorry for the problems. Your description matches a lot of problems; it is very difficult to make a diagnosis from way over here; you should probably get a vet's opinion as soon as possible. Good luck...

Aug 05, 2015
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I don't know what's wrong with my bunny!!!
by: Anonymous

Tonight when I went to check on Jinx and give her some food and water, she was sitting in a corner of her cage kind of laying down. I noticed that her water bottle was empty so I refilled that and tried to get her to drink some of it, but she just sat there. I know that she is alive because she is breathing. I put a handful of Timothy hay in her tray and she only took a little nibble. She won't move at all and I'm really worried! Please help I don't know what to do!!!! Thank you!

Jul 20, 2015
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Nails
by: Anonymous

Are your rabbit's nails clipped? It alters their walk and hurts their back when they are tooo long.

***** Karen Sez *****
Thanks, great observation to consider, especially if the rabbit can move, but appears to walk or hop with difficulty. Also, check the bottom of their feet for sores.

On the other hand, if the rabbit appears to be literally paralyzed especially in the hind extremities, the feet or nail length are likely not contributing to the paralysis.


Jul 15, 2015
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Rabbit not moving
by: Anonymous

Last night when I saw my rabbit it can not move. After that I saw she stretched her behind legs and sit. Her back portion is not moving. She can only feed by hand. And a white liquid come out from his back when I slightly touch his belly it comes out more. Please tell me what can I do.

***** Karen Sez *****
That white liquid is urine, indicating no control over the bladder. Lack of bladder or bowel control accompanied with paralysis is indicative of a broken back and severed spinal cord. In a very rare case, swelling around a bruised spinal cord can result in the symptoms you mention. After the swelling goes down, the rabbit might regain function, but at first, it is hard to know the true extent of the damage without professional help.

Ideally, a vet's opinion along with an x-ray will reveal whether or not this condition is likely to be permanent. If the back is fully broken and the rabbit is permanently paralyzed, we recommend euthanizing the rabbit.

Sorry I cannot give better news than this!

Check Rabbit Raising Problem Solver for more details on care.

Jul 12, 2015
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Kip
by: Anonymous

My rabbit was found the other morning not moving. We took him to the vet and they x-rayed him, but found nothing to be broken. Within the next day he could not hold his head up and only eats and drinks by hand.

It is sounding like I may need to have his ears checked, but why is he not standing or even sitting up? Absolutely NO movement in his back legs.

***** Karen Sez *****

Well, the good news is the x-ray results, but this does not explain the progression of symptoms affecting its head and upper body.

So you know, a strained his back will likely heal within a couple weeks, restoring movement to the hind extremities (if the problem was a back strain).

But there are three other diagnoses for the symptoms: the parasitic EC (traveled to the brain), bacterial pasteurellosis (also traveled to the brain via the ears or sinuses), and ear mites creating a secondary inner ear infection that then affects balance and/or the brain.

Sometimes the rabbit's immune system can fend off the parasitic attack by killing the parasites or defeating the secondary infection. The best way to figure out how to treat or how to proceed is by consulting a rabbit-savvy vet.

With pasteurellosis, the prognosis is usually a bit more grim, since the bacteria have figured out methods of hiding from the immune system and then flaring up when the immune system is knocked down through stress or some other infection.

Even so, persistent treatments sometimes yield a favorable result, if the rabbit can survive long enough.

Good luck!

Jun 03, 2015
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rabbit
by: Anonymous

My rabbit won't move, just lay there. He was fine a couple days ago, came home from work he was laying sideways.....any suggestions????

May 26, 2015
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Bunny limp, and falling over
by: Anonymous

My bunny was hopping around just a little while ago and all of a sudden he just couldn't move. Nothing out of the ordinary happened but earlier this week i noticed some pee in his cage that looked like had blood in it. Please help me find answers.

***** Karen Sez *****
Sometimes the best next move is to get a vet's opinion. This is one of those times. The problem sounds like a very serious infection, but perhaps the vet can tell you it isn't all that serious, or can give you some medication or other treatment that can help your rabbit. It might also be a broken back, though your brief description doesn't convince me of a back issue.

See Rabbit Raising Problem Solver for extensive information on taking care of many rabbit health issues. Even so, when in doubt, your best choice is the vet.

Good luck with everything.

Jan 28, 2015
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Sick bunny please help
by: Anonymous

My rabbit isn't moving at all. He's breathing but is acting lifeless. He's always been a very active bunny and now acts like he's dying. We don't have money to take to vet please send me suggestions. My little girl is a mess and I'm so scared. He's caged so he doesn't get out much unless we are with him. Any suggestions . He's breathing but won't walk or jump. Just falls over . Dear Lord please

***** Karen Sez *****

I'm so sorry to hear it. And even more sorry to have to bring not-so-good news.

You're describing a rabbit that has developed a very serious infection, or possibly a parasite infestation which may be affecting the bunny's brain or inner ear (equally serious). Either way, if I'm right, it will require medication to save her life, if she doesn't die in the meantime.

There is still a possibility that the rabbit's immune system might overpower the infection and the rabbit will get better, but time will tell. In the meantime, do all you can to ensure the rabbit drinks enough water every day. If it's not moving very much, this means you might have to bring the water to the rabbit like every couple hours to keep it hydrated.

Give your little girl a hug - I hope her bunny gets better. If it doesn't, life will not stand still. There will be another bunny for her, perhaps.

Wishing you the best of outcomes...

Oct 27, 2014
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bunny not moving
by: Anonymous

Saturday night as I went out to lock up the animals I noticed my daughter's bunny hadn't eaten and was laying flat in her cage. I picked her up, she was lifeless. I thought she was dying. I brought her inside and hand fed her and gave her water in a syringe. She ate good and she was going to the bathroom fine. I thought for sure I would have to take her to the vet come Monday. Well today is Monday and much to our surprise, she is walking and hopping around again. Thank God! I have no idea what could have happened to her but very glad she's back to herself again.

Aug 26, 2014
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Bunny not moving
by: Anonymous

We put our male rabbit in with the female last night. They were both running around in their cage. This morning when we came out she wasn't moving but breathing. I have checked her all over and can not physically see anything wrong. She won't stand up or move. We removed the male right away and now 8 hours later she still isn't moving but alive. I don't understand what happened to her. Can any one help?

May 20, 2014
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Floppy bunny syndrome
by: Anonymous

Our bunny had same thing called floppy bunny syndrome can't move vet gave antibiotics we were feeding with syringe she still died

Apr 13, 2013
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Failure to thrive
by: Anonymous

I have a mom that gives birth to 3 babies and one by one within 2 months they all quit eating, lose use of back legs and eventually die. I think it must be genetics. She is german angora and produces beautiful colored off spring, but after 3 litters none survive.

Apr 01, 2013
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Bunny won't move, only hand feeds, seems sad
by: Allie

Is there an update on this? I am having the same exact situation- my bunny was perfectly healthy two weeks ago-- jumping, running , hopping...and now she stays in one spot all day and if she falls to one side she can't get herself back up. She is only interested in feeding if we hand feed her.

We went to the vet and she said it may just be a bad ear infection but I have my doubts. I think something else is going on. Any update on the original posters bunny?

Thanks!!

***** Karen Sez *****

No, we don't have an update, sorry.

Unfortunately, your vet is probably spot on. A "bad ear infection" can cause a loss of balance that in rabbits is called wry neck or head tilt. This is due to the infection progressing into the inner ear where the balance mechanism is. The likely culprit is pasteurella multocida, in which case the prognosis is not good at all. Pasteurella is very difficult to treat. An inner ear infection might lead to the formation of an abscess, which can progress to the brain. Ugh. Learn more:

http://www.raising-rabbits.com/pasteurella-multocida.html

Another possible infective agent is nosema, a parasite. Nosema can kill, but if the immune system manages to kill the parasites, your rabbit might also recover fully. Learn more:

http://www.raising-rabbits.com/rabbit-illnesses.html

Hopefully you can work with your vet to narrow down the diagnosis and see if there are any health solutions for your rabbit.


Nov 21, 2011
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I think I might know
by: Anonymous

My rabbit had the same thing and it's called dropsy or something like that, it's common in fish but rabbits can get it as well. I had to stay up all night and hand feed him and give him water and I also gave him vitamin B tablets dissolved in water. It took about 3 night until he was fine but I just kept him in a box in my room and then one night he was hopping around and was all fine :) Hope your bunny turns out okay.

****Karen Sez****
Thanks for the comments. Hmm, what you describe almost sounds like a poisoning or a toxicity, perhaps from a toxic plant or a pesticide. Just sayin', and just thinking out loud.... at any rate, you handled it well.

Sep 07, 2011
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Help
by: Anonymous

My rabbit has the same thing !

Jul 18, 2011
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RE My rabbit won't move!
by: Silver Desert Rabbitry

That does not sound good at all. I would say take him to a vet. You can check for a broken back yourself by running your fingers along his back. If you feel something that is not right, then i would say you would have to put him down. Normally rabbits with broken backs do not survive that long though.


Jul 17, 2011
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When rabbits can't move
by: Moderator

From your description, it sure sounds like a broken back. If so, then the next question is: can the rabbit pee or poo by itself? If not, the spinal cord may be completely severed.

Your bunny needs to see a rabbit-savvy vet, who can do an x-ray, and let you know for sure whether the back is broken or not.

You may need to brace yourself for some very bad news - rabbits with broken backs are usually euthanized. We hope for your sake the news is not too bad...

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