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Okay so I accidentally stepped on my bunny. His name is Duncan and he is 5 years old.
I accidentally stepped on my rabbits back because I did not see him hop under my feet. He Isn’t moving much. When he does he limps a little. He isn’t eating or drinking. And he won’t really let me pet him for long. When I pick him up he makes small breathing noises and when just sitting he breathes pretty heavy.
I don’t think I will be able to take him to a vet because my parents will think he is fine and won’t want to pay a vet fee. I don’t think Duncan has ever been to a vet either.
What can I do? I am really scared right now. He had also been making really loud chewing noises.
 

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What @duncan.donuts said: I stepped on him like and hour ago and I’m not sure how hard I stepped on him. I have not told my parents because I know they will not take him to the vet.



Try telling them and tell them he is not eating or drinking. When is the last time he has eaten a big meal?
 

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What @duncan.donuts said: I stepped on him like and hour ago and I’m not sure how hard I stepped on him. I have not told my parents because I know they will not take him to the vet.



Try telling them and tell them he is not eating or drinking. When is the last time he has eaten a big meal?
Last night and this morning kind of. I give him hay that last him all day and he usually eats his pellets but there is a little more than 1/4th of those left. Even if I tried to tell my parents my mom is busy with work and my stepdad won’t want to take me.

the last time he was sick-ish we didn’t take him to the vet because he was “fine” and I mean he was it was lucky. He was fine that time but I’m not sure he is this time??
 

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Those loud chewing noises is teeth grinding and it means he is in PAIN. That would explain why he hasn't eaten since he was stepped on.

You must be an advocate for your rabbit. He is suffering and the only way to help is to get him to a vet. It will be up to you to explain what happened and perhaps offer to pay (or pay them back) for any vet visit. Be clear to your parents that the rabbit is in pain (tooth grinding) and is not eating (a sure way to get GI stasis and make things worse). Please don't let this rabbit suffer.
 

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I don't know what to tell you. All I have to say now is convince your mom or stepdad to drive you to the vet. @JBun or @Blue eyes might be a good one to answer your question
 

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Those loud chewing noises is teeth grinding and it means he is in PAIN. That would explain why he hasn't eaten since he was stepped on.

You must be an advocate for your rabbit. He is suffering and the only way to help is to get him to a vet. It will be up to you to explain what happened and perhaps offer to pay (or pay them back) for any vet visit. Be clear to your parents that the rabbit is in pain (tooth grinding) and is not eating (a sure way to get GI stasis and make things worse). Please don't let this rabbit suffer.
I told my mom. She did vet school in high school on big and small animals. She checked on him and said he felt fine. She said he was probably just sore and needed some time.
 

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I told my mom. She did vet school in high school on big and small animals. She checked on him and said he felt fine. She said he was probably just sore and needed some time.
Try possibly calling vets or rabbit shelters around, tell them your story, see if they can help you, at least with pain meds. If you are younger, offer to work there cleaning on weekends to pay them back to show you are serious and just don't want your rabbit in pain as your parents aren't helping and you(like i said im guessing are younger) can't afford it and don't want to see your rabbit suffer. Hopefully one will help you out. X-rays honestly cost them nothing, so hope you find a kind hearted vet that will do some and give you pain meds. Then take a bus, get a friend/family member with a car and go as fast as you can. If a rib or something is broken it can lead to bad outcomes.
 

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This rabbit needs a vet now.
Vet school isnt part of high school so her feeling him means nothing. He needs proper veterinary care asap. Call a friend, get a taxi, and help your pet.

This is why we advocate that anyone, child or adult, who gets a rabbit or any animal needs to be able to afford all care and emergency costs for that animal before bringing it home.
 

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Take home to a vet as soon as you can. My dad accidentally stepped on my bun earlier this year. He “appeared” fine and ran around being mischievous but I noticed he was having trouble eating. We took him to an emergency vet and he had a broken jaw. If we hadn’t taken the initiative and taken him to the vet, he might not be with us now.
 

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Okay so I accidentally stepped on my bunny. His name is Duncan and he is 5 years old.
I accidentally stepped on my rabbits back because I did not see him hop under my feet. He Isn’t moving much. When he does he limps a little. He isn’t eating or drinking. And he won’t really let me pet him for long. When I pick him up he makes small breathing noises and when just sitting he breathes pretty heavy.
I don’t think I will be able to take him to a vet because my parents will think he is fine and won’t want to pay a vet fee. I don’t think Duncan has ever been to a vet either.
What can I do? I am really scared right now. He had also been making really loud chewing noises.
You must remember that YOU know your rabbit best. You are the one who spends most time with them and you know what is normal behaviour for them and what isn’t. Please do whatever you can to help your bunny! I had a similar situation with one of my bunnies (sadly passed away) I had taken her in for spaying and she started acting off and my brother (was the only one who could drive me) said that my rabbit was fine and was just going to be a waste of money, later that night I had to get my mum to get me a taxi to the vet where my bunny had to be put down as her spaying caused an internal flip and she went brain dead.. please help your bunny, I would hate to see another person lose their bunny to others ignorance. I hope your bunny is okay though!
 

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You must remember that YOU know your rabbit best. You are the one who spends most time with them and you know what is normal behaviour for them and what isn’t. Please do whatever you can to help your bunny! I had a similar situation with one of my bunnies (sadly passed away) I had taken her in for spaying and she started acting off and my brother (was the only one who could drive me) said that my rabbit was fine and was just going to be a waste of money, later that night I had to get my mum to get me a taxi to the vet where my bunny had to be put down as her spaying caused an internal flip and she went brain dead.. please help your bunny, I would hate to see another person lose their bunny to others ignorance. I hope your bunny is okay though!
Duncan is much better today than he was yesterday. He is acting more normally now and is kinda eating. He is just a little nervous around me now but he is getting better!
 

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Update:
Duncan is doing better he is acting a bit more normal and has started eating again. He will take treats from me now even though he is a bit nervous around me. His breathing has stayed the same kinda fast but I believe he is getting better! Thank you all so much for your help!!
 

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Duncan is much better today than he was yesterday. He is acting more normally now and is kinda eating. He is just a little nervous around me now but he is getting better!
Oh I’m so glad to hear that, he might be a little skittish as it would have frightened him when you stepped on him, in that case you’ll just have to build your bond back up!
 

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Kinda eating is not great.
Getting lucky with injuries is not great.
Withholding medical care from animals is not great either.
Rabbits are a prey species, they are designed to hide their pain and suffering. So not seeing signs of pain does NOT mean they are A-Okay!
Yes I agree with all of those statements but my parents will not take him to a vet. He has showed signs of recovery like hopping more normally and taking treats and lettuce. If he shows any signs of worsening I will have my grandma take him to the vet for I do not have money and cannot drive yet.
 
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This is awful to read about. Please call a local vet and BEG for help. You are a kid and cant deal with this properly all alone. You are alone!!
Responsible pet owners dont guess about pet health. They trust their gut for things being wrong and get help. Im sure every vet has some cases they offer without cost or for barter in services. My 3 rabbits get a full vet checkup every year because we signed an agreement to do this when we adopted them. I remember the awful neglectful things my parents did to my pets as a kid and the pets all died. Now being age 64 I will never forget the sadness they caused me. Fight for your pets!
 

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Those loud chewing noises is teeth grinding and it means he is in PAIN. That would explain why he hasn't eaten since he was stepped on.

You must be an advocate for your rabbit. He is suffering and the only way to help is to get him to a vet. It will be up to you to explain what happened and perhaps offer to pay (or pay them back) for any vet visit. Be clear to your parents that the rabbit is in pain (tooth grinding) and is not eating (a sure way to get GI stasis and make things worse). Please don't let this rabbit suffer.
Try possibly calling vets or rabbit shelters around, tell them your story, see if they can help you, at least with pain meds. If you are younger, offer to work there cleaning on weekends to pay them back to show you are serious and just don't want your rabbit in pain as your parents aren't helping and you(like i said im guessing are younger) can't afford it and don't want to see your rabbit suffer. Hopefully one will help you out. X-rays honestly cost them nothing, so hope you find a kind hearted vet that will do some and give you pain meds. Then take a bus, get a friend/family member with a car and go as fast as you can. If a rib or something is broken it can lead to bad outcomes.
This rabbit needs a vet now.
Vet school isnt part of high school so her feeling him means nothing. He needs proper veterinary care asap. Call a friend, get a taxi, and help your pet.

This is why we advocate that anyone, child or adult, who gets a rabbit or any animal needs to be able to afford all care and emergency costs for that animal before bringing it home.
Take home to a vet as soon as you can. My dad accidentally stepped on my bun earlier this year. He “appeared” fine and ran around being mischievous but I noticed he was having trouble eating. We took him to an emergency vet and he had a broken jaw. If we hadn’t taken the initiative and taken him to the vet, he might not be with us now.
You must remember that YOU know your rabbit best. You are the one who spends most time with them and you know what is normal behaviour for them and what isn’t. Please do whatever you can to help your bunny! I had a similar situation with one of my bunnies (sadly passed away) I had taken her in for spaying and she started acting off and my brother (was the only one who could drive me) said that my rabbit was fine and was just going to be a waste of money, later that night I had to get my mum to get me a taxi to the vet where my bunny had to be put down as her spaying caused an internal flip and she went brain dead.. please help your bunny, I would hate to see another person lose their bunny to others ignorance. I hope your bunny is okay though!
Kinda eating is not great.
Getting lucky with injuries is not great.
Withholding medical care from animals is not great either.
Rabbits are a prey species, they are designed to hide their pain and suffering. So not seeing signs of pain does NOT mean they are A-Okay!
This is awful to read about. Please call a local vet and BEG for help. You are a kid and cant deal with this properly all alone. You are alone!!
Responsible pet owners dont guess about pet health. They trust their gut for things being wrong and get help. Im sure every vet has some cases they offer without cost or for barter in services. My 3 rabbits get a full vet checkup every year because we signed an agreement to do this when we adopted them. I remember the awful neglectful things my parents did to my pets as a kid and the pets all died. Now being age 64 I will never forget the sadness they caused me. Fight for your pets!

I find it VERY disturbing that you guys are all telling this young girl (or boy), to disobey her parents. Her mother has experience in the veterinary field, and was able to tell if Duncan was truly hurt (spinal injury, etc.). He is showing improvement, which is a GREAT sign. Do not come at this girl's parents because they can't afford to take Duncan to the vet right now. It will take time for him to rebuild trust, and recover from any bruising, so relax. I have had rabbits get underfoot and they always bounce back with for zest than before.
Do not put a young teen under pressure to disobey her parents.
 

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I find it VERY disturbing that you guys are all telling this young girl (or boy), to disobey her parents. Her mother has experience in the veterinary field, and was able to tell if Duncan was truly hurt (spinal injury, etc.). He is showing improvement, which is a GREAT sign. Do not come at this girl's parents because they can't afford to take Duncan to the vet right now. It will take time for him to rebuild trust, and recover from any bruising, so relax. I have had rabbits get underfoot and they always bounce back with for zest than before.
Do not put a young teen under pressure to disobey her parents.
You quoted way too many people on this. With possibly one exception, no one told them to disobey their parents. If you read carefully, the OP said a couple times that she had not even told her parents that her rabbit was injured. It wasn't until later that she finally told her mom and said her mom had "vet school in high school"- arguably questionable. Lack of affordability was never mentioned by the OP.
. Even if I tried to tell my parents my mom is busy with work and my stepdad won’t want to take me.
 
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