Improving a Bit, Every Day

February 28, 2018 at 10:25 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Cameron”

My foster bun Cameron has been back with us for almost two weeks now. He has definitely improved since he first arrived. Originally, he had trouble standing up and moving even a little bit. Now he hops around, can jump into and out of a litter box, and only sometimes loses his balance. That tends to happen when he rears up on his back legs like when periscoping or lifting a foot to clean his ears.

When he does wobble, once he settles in he sticks out his back feet to stabilize himself. I don’t know if that’s a symptom of whatever is going on, or if he learned to do that to balance himself. He is going off some of the meds soon, so we will see how he is doing once their course is finished. He’s such a sweet little guy. He loves licking his stuffed animals, and me as well. He would make an awesome mate for another rabbit when he is feeling better.

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Cameron: on the Move

February 25, 2018 at 10:12 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Cameron”

My foster rabbit Cameron came back to me last week. His balance issues became worse, and his adopter was not able to adequately care for him. Since he’s been with me, he’s been improving. We are not sure what is causing the issues, but he is being treated with Panacur (for E.C.), Prednisone (steroid for inflammation) and Meclazine (for dizzyness).

I have him in a long and narrow pen with rolled rugs and towels along the edges as bumpers. I’ve been taking him out of the pen for about an hour every evening to give him a chance to move around more. The first day he fell over a lot, but since then he has been doing much better.

He had been using a cut-down litter box, but I gave him a small regular-sided box when I let him out last night and he had no trouble hopping in. He wobbled a little inside, but righted himself. I decided to clip that to the other end of his pen so he has two boxes now. He’s had a great appetite throughout all of this, which is great. Paws crossed he continues to improve.

Underground Thumps

February 23, 2018 at 2:25 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Minnie & Sal”

I was in the basement yesterday and heard a loud thud, followed by more thuds. The mail had been delivered in the mail slot, and always makes noise as it falls to the ground. Minnie bunny was answering the mail, by giving it a few thumps. Boy was it loud to hear from underneath though! Sometimes I hear bunny runs down there, but thumps are much louder. I imagine if a bunny on the ground, (or below ground as in my case) had heard her thumping, they certainly would have gotten the message! “Loud Noise! Possible danger!”

Watching Over Sal

February 22, 2018 at 2:31 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Minnie & Sal”

Upon entering his pen last night, Sal did a big bunny flop next to me, and took a nap. As soon as I got my camera out, Minnie ran over to make sure I wasn’t going to do anything to her man. She is very protective of him, and maybe a little possessive too. He’s certainly a handsome and sweet boy, so I can understand why. She’s adorable herself, but a little firecracker!

Sunny with a Chance of—PIPER!

February 21, 2018 at 2:41 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Douglas”

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“Minnie”

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“Sal”

We’re having very warm temperatures here right now, and I think the rabbits notice. My Piper has been getting into mischief for the past couple of days. Recently she shredded the newspaper in the litter box she rarely uses and then decided to pull all of the towels out from the under bed. My little (10lber) girl must have spring fever!

Douglas bunny is heading home tonight, so his loud lop runs won’t be heard in the evening. I’m not sure if Sal and Minnie do runs, but I imagine they have a lot more fun “mountain climbing” on the couch.

How Soft is Your Napping Spot?

February 20, 2018 at 2:43 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Sal & Minnie”

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“Douglas”

Sal and Minnie don’t even really need a pen to run around in, the couch is enough of a playground. Most of the day, the two can be found atop it, either laying on the back or sitting on the seat. Sal loves sleeping up there and sometimes Minnie joins him if she’s not too busy playing lookout. I’ll give them this, it is pretty soft and comfy up there. Some rabbits just know where the best napping spots are. Douglas, on the other hand is perfectly content to sleep on the hard coffee table. There’s a couch in his pen too, but he only hops up there when I’m sitting on it for petting. He’s got a bit more “padding” being a fluffy lop, so I suppose he doesn’t mind how hard his sleeping surface is.

Keeping Bunnies Happy

February 19, 2018 at 2:00 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Douglas”

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“Minnie & Sal”

Apparently I’m a just one big toy for Sal and Minnie. They climb all over me when I’m sitting on the couch. Sal likes to have some snuggles, but Minnie just sits there and glares at me. Douglas wants me to pet him always, even if it’s with my foot. I have to get in a  weird position to do it, and when I stop, he fusses. That’s my job though, bunny-slave!

Couches and Coffee Tables

February 18, 2018 at 3:00 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Sal & Minnie”

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“Douglas”

Sal and Minnie love their couch time. Both buns are quite content to spend the day lounging up on top of it. In the evening I sat with Sal and he snuggled in for  pets. Once Minnie realized what was happening, she jumped up and gave him a nudge. I do not think she was happy about Sal giving another girl attention, even if I’m just a human! I tried to give her a head pat, but she was not having any of that.

Douglas loves lounging on the coffee table. He frequently digs a little at the top, before settling in for a nap, just like a dog scratching at his bed before snugging in. It’s not as soft as a bed, so i don’t know that scratching will make much of a difference, but Douglas has a mind of his own!

Three More for President’s Weekend

February 17, 2018 at 11:10 am | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Douglas”

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“Sal”

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“Minnie”

Douglas bunny arrived last night and Sal and Minnie this morning for a little vacation. First thing Douglas did when he arrived was chinning the corner of the couch, eat the baskets, and then finally nibble on a carrot. He’s a very high-energy rabbit and had a lot of fun running around the pen last night.

Sal came out to explore right away, but Minnie took her time. She hopped in and out of her carrier a few times before settling under a box for a nap. Sal is hanging out next to the couch. He took a bath and then lay down for his nap. The living room is quiet…for now!

New Stasis Prevention Protocol

February 14, 2018 at 7:32 pm | Posted in rabbit | 2 Comments
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“Butterscotch”

As many of you may know, my Butterscotch is a chronic stasis bunny. For the past several months he’s had a lot of trouble and the only thing that seemed to help him was the keep him on a maintenance dose of Reglan. Originally it was a small dose, but kept increasing as he was still getting sick. Our vet suggested removing greens from his diet, but that still did not help completely. I’m trying to get him off of the Reglan now as a friend of mine’s rabbit is in a similar situation with stasis and Reglan, but is having some neurological issues, possibly from the Reglan.

I’ve done some research and some suggest to remove pellets, rather than greens, from their diet. I have reintroduced greens and decreased his pellets for now. He was also getting a small piece of carrot which I also eliminated. He is getting parsley, cilantro, watercress and dandelion, no gas-producing veggies at all. I’m hopeful that once I take him off of the Reglan completely that he won’t immediately relapse as he has done in the months prior. I’m encouraging as much hay eating as I can, as he is not a great hay eater, by putting a bowl of fresh down several times a day. Fiber is key to stasis prevention.

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