Hershey’s Chocolate Birthday!

January 30, 2018 at 2:28 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Hershey & Butterscotch”

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My Hershey turned 7 years old this weekend so we celebrated with carrot curls and blueberries for the bunnies, and chocolate cake for the humans. Any excuse I have to make a cake, I do! Butterscotch got a little sick (GI stasis) that night, so I don’t think I’ll be repeating those treats when his next birthday comes around. His constitution is so sensitive that he has trouble if I deviate from his regular diet. He’s feeling better now though, so that’s fortunate.

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My Dark Chocolate Bunny

January 25, 2018 at 10:26 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Hershey”

This Saturday is my Hershey’s seventh birthday. Aside from a bit overweight, (I call him my Not-So-Mini-Rex) he is quite healthy for his age. He’s built like a tank and is pretty much able to bulldoze anything in his path. He sure looks like a sweetie, but this bun has spunk. He’s smart, which for rabbits means he’s not always very nice because he knows what he wants, and how to get it. I usually give lots of treats to the buns on their birthdays, but Hershey has been gaining with the recent clover hay, so I’ll have to come up with something else for him this year. Maybe an extra-special salad? If he were a human that would sound like an awful idea, but fortunately he’s a bunny!

Bring on the Fluids

January 23, 2018 at 10:17 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Charlie”

My 9-year-old Charlie went back to the vet for recheck and it turns out his creatinine levels are still high. That means his kidneys are not working as well as they should be. It’s a little higher than when he was checked in November. He still has the stone from then, but it’s almost at the bladder now. I’ve been giving him oral fluids, but my vet is having me do sub q fluids again now. I’ll do it every day for  week and then three times a week. Fortunately he’s very good about it. Once I do it a few more times I think it’ll be easy for me. I don’t think he minds it very much. He’d certainly rather do that than get his butt cleaned!

Wallpaper Removal – By Rabbits!

January 19, 2018 at 10:26 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Charlie & Piper”

Lately my Charlie and Piper have decided they love wallpaper. Charlie had been licking wallpaper in my bathroom and Piper had been chewing in it at corners. I also found her ripping some off of the wall behind the toilet. She even pulled the ring around the hose out that connects the plumbing, but fortunately that pops back in. Crazy rabbits. I heard her ripping the wallpaper through the wall, and I knew that she was getting into some kind of trouble. I’ve tried closing the bathroom door, but if it’s not closed tight, she can get in. For now I’ll just keep taping up her rips as I see them.

Keeping the Kronenbuns Healthy

January 16, 2018 at 7:51 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Charlie”

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“Butterscotch”

My Butterscotch went into stasis again on Friday, three days after dropping his double-daily dose of Relgan to 0.75mls. We medicated him with Reglan, Simethicone and Metacam and fortunately his temp usually doesn’t drop below 101. He was eating again in three hours and has been fine since.  After eliminating greens, all I can hope for now is that 1ml of Relgan twice a day will keep him stable. He has yet to get stasis on that maintenance dosage yet, so that may need to be where he stays for now.

My Charlie is still having trouble maintaining his weight, so i tried him on 1mg of Periactin once a day to stimulate his appetite. That works, but I’m concerned he may be having seizures as a result. I found him on his side on Friday and then when he got up he wobbled a little. He did something similar the week before, but I was unsure of what was happening. My dad said maybe stroke. I never actually saw him seize, so I don’t know for sure, but I stopped the Periactin just in case as seizures can be a a side effect. His kidneys may not be functioning as well and that would account for the meds staying in his body longer. I’ll be taking him to the vet soon for some bloodwork and consulting to figure out how to keep the ounces on him without causing him more trouble.

Cameron’s Big Day

January 13, 2018 at 12:37 am | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Cameron”

If all goes well tomorrow, my foster bun Cameron will be heading to his forever home! He already had a meet and greet with his new mommy and will get to meet his new dad tomorrow at adoptions. This will be my first foster that is not a failure, but we are certainly going to miss him. My dad made that little table he’s sleeping under, since he loves sleeping under cover. We wish him lots of luck in his new home and his new family!

Bunny-Stall 1.0

January 8, 2018 at 7:44 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Charlie”

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“Cameron”

We’ve been stasis-free in this house for a few weeks now, but I’d like to share some info from when my Charlie last had stasis and a kidney stone. I had been syringe-feeding him Critical Care twice a day for several days. Anyone who has done this knows it a messy and time-consuming process. I had gotten it down to a routine with Charlie, but it required two people. My dad had the idea of making a stall to keep Charlie from backing up, so I could do it alone. He built me something out a wood and I added the fabric over the edges. It worked pretty well. I had one hand on Charlie and the other on the syringe. He’d get feisty toward the end, but it was definitely do-able.

A couple of weeks later when Cameron got sick, I used to give him his meds on the kitchen counter. Fortunately he’s about the same size so he fit in well and took his meds like a good boy. Butterscotch was the next rabbit to get sick, but he’s a little bigger and always fusses when I give him meds, so he was not willing to sit quietly.  I don’t think a bigger one would work for him, unless it had a top, so I’ll think about that for Bunny-Stall 2.0

That Puddle on the Floor Isn’t From a Bunny!

January 5, 2018 at 2:55 pm | Posted in rabbit | 4 Comments
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“Butterscotch”

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“Cameron”

Yesterday we had more than a foot of snow on the ground and the barometer dropping rapidly. The rabbits in the house all seemed to know something was up and Charlie spent half of the day out in the hallway. He even ate out there. He knew a blizzard was blowing outside.

Around lunchtime we discovered that the air valve on the baseboard heating in the den was leaking. Oh no! Fortunately there were no rabbits in that room at the time, and even more fortunately our heating company had a guy a couple blocks away from us working on a job. He came right over and quickly replaced the valve, stopping the leak. After us he was quitting for the day since the snow was so bad. All the humans and bunnies are grateful since it’s not just snowy here, it’s also very cold, and we need that heat!

Just a Little Wobble

January 3, 2018 at 2:17 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Cameron”

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“Rusty”

Cameron continues to be a cutie. He wobbles a little, but it hasn’t gotten any worse. He tested negative for E.C. (Encephalitozoon Cuniculi), a parasite which can cause balance issues, so I’m thinking it’s likely the ear infection still. Vet thinks it could also be because I’m only doing drops in one ear and maybe that is messing with his equilibrium. She said to try a drop in the other ear for the rest of the week and see if he improves. Aside from a few wobbles, he seems very healthy, and has a great appetite. My dad is forever wanting to feed rabbits who’s “bowls are empty” regardless of whether that’s good for them or now. Fortunately he just tells me to feed them and I can make the call about their diet. Most of the rabbits in the house now put on their “holiday weight” due to all the clover in the current bale of hay. My Charlie is the only one low, due to his age, and how he’d rather eat clover hay than his pellets. If only I could get my Not-So-Mini-Rex, Hershey, to lose weight that way!

Toy Demolition

January 2, 2018 at 1:56 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Cameron”

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“Rusty”

All the buns are loving the toys that Rusty gave them for Christmas. One is totally destroyed upstairs, and Cameron is having a good time ripping his apart too. I gave Charlie a butt bath yesterday, the first in a few months. He had been doing very well, but all he needs is to sit back into some cecals once, and then it all cakes up, just under his tail. Fortunately he’s very good about getting a bath in a the kitchen sink. The hay seems to be helping, as it’s full of clover right now and everyone wants to eat it. More hay is always better for good guts!

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