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.

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Merry Christmas Everybunny!

December 25, 2017 at 2:19 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Butterscotch & Hershey”

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“Charlie & Piper”

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“Cameron”

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“Rusty”

I think out of all the buns in the house, my Piper had the best Christmas. She got a piece of a straw hat and she was running around the house with it in her mouth, jumping up and down, just like a 3-year-old at Christmas should. She also ripped apart a toy that Rusty’s family brought her, but that’s just how she has fun. Charlie enjoys himself by watching her crazy antics. Hershey and Butterscotch weren’t too thrilled with their presents, as they cared more about getting their food. Note to self, feed rabbits first, then give them presents!

This is Cameron’s first Christmas, so he didn’t really know what to make of it. I opened his presents for him and he did come over to check them out. He was more interested in the treats than the toys though. Rusty was trying to climb his fence to get at his presents. He’s a seasoned vet of receiving gifts, so he was not about to wait until everyone else had opened theirs before he got a crack at his. All bunnies were eventually satisfied and fell asleep for their Christmas naps, some amid the debris of their “brand new” presents.

Cameron the Sable

December 11, 2017 at 2:41 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Cameron”

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“Butterscotch & Hershey”

I always like to figure out what my rabbits genes are, so I did little research last night on my new foster-bun Cameron to see if I could figure him out. Turns out he’s a black Siamese Sable Dwarf. Sables are interesting because their coat can change colors as they shed and new fur grows in. They also have ruby tinted eyes, which I noticed in Cameron weeks ago. He’s like Rudolph, but with ruby eyes instead of his rose! Whatever the genes, Cameron sure is one handsome rabbit. He’s currently up for adoption through the Long Island Rabbit Rescue Group: http://www.longislandrabbitrescue.org/adoptables.htm

I finished decorating for Christmas this weekend, and now the tree is fully trimmed. Hershey and Butterscotch were watching me from below. The tree looks different from their perspective, but just as bright and shiny. Hershey probably just wanted to bite it and see if there was any food in it.

Always on Stasis Watch

December 7, 2017 at 2:18 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Stella”

“Butterscotch”

On Tuesday, after I had come home from bringing my foster bun Cameron to the vet, my Butterscotch went into stasis. (Treatment guide) Fortunately after the usual meds were given, and temperatures of over 101 were taken, he recovered and was eating within 4 hours. That’s about par for the course for him. Not sure if Cameron getting sick prompted him, but I wouldn’t be surprised. He’s very sensitive and likely picked up that Cameron didn’t feel well which stressed him out. That’s why it’s always important to make sure every rabbit in the house is eating, even when you’re preoccupied with another one.

Stella bunny is there to support me every evening with cuddles and snuggles. Although she probably thinks I’m doing them for her, I enjoy it too. She saw me with a bowl of crackers and immediately jumped on the couch to try and steal some. Sorry girl, no crackers for you, but we did have a nice snuggle!

Thumpin’ Just ‘Cause

November 27, 2017 at 2:14 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Bella”

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“Hershey & Butterscotch”

My Hershey had his annual vet appointment today and he was very good. He only goes once a year, unlike his brothers, so it’s probably a more scary experience. He’s in good health, aside from being overweight. He’s active though, so he doesn’t let it slow him down. Now we just need to lose a few more ounces, my Not-So-Mini Rex!

I came in the garage door last night, and Bella was not happy about it. She started thumping and boy are her thumps loud! They sounded like little explosions. I’m glad no one was underneath her as they might have thought it was fireworks.

Eating Bunnies = Happy Humans

October 16, 2017 at 12:24 am | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Hershey & Butterscotch”

So far my Butterscotch has been stasis free for the last few weeks. He’s been on 0.5ml of Reglan every night at bedtime and we cut out his greens. Since I noticed that he tended to get stasis in the morning, a couple of hours after eating greens, I don’t think greens first thing in the morning were a good idea for him. I do plan on introducing greens back in the evening for him, but he’s never been a big greens eater to begin with. As long as all the buns come running and chow down at mealtime, I’m happy.

When Butterscotch Bunny Doesn’t Want to Eat…

September 26, 2017 at 10:28 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Butterscotch”

I haven’t posted in a few days because my little Butterscotch had a particularly bad bought of GI stasis. He’s mostly better now, eating pellets and greens on his own, almost as much as normal. He did loose a couple of ounces, but he’s still at a fine weight. I’m not surprised, barely eating for three days will do that to you!

Butterscotch has been a chronic stasis bunny for a few years now, getting worse last spring. We put him on maintenance Reglan, slowly tapering down, but twice now when we got him to just 0.2ml per day, he went into stasis. This time was worse than usual. He generally recovers within 4 hours, and is totally better by 8 hours after we first notice it. This time he wasn’t eating on his own for 2 days.

We caught it early, only an hour or so after he had eaten greens he refused pellets and we gave him the usual Simethicone for gas, Reglan for gut motility, and Metacam for pain, but his temp was hovering around 100 degrees and he was pushing his stomach down. We brought him into the vet so they could give him Buprenorphine, a stronger pain med, and then took him home.

We put him in his carrier on a heating pad and his temp was stable at 101 by 11:30 that night and stayed over 101 for the next few days, but he did not want to eat anything until the next day he nibbled on hay. It took another day for him to add greens, and then another to start on pellets again. We syringe fed him critical care once we got the okay from the vet and tapered that down as he began to eat more on his own.

For some reason we think Butterscotch just tends to produce gas, giving him stasis. Once he’s fully recovered we’ll keep him on maintenance Reglan, more like 0.5ml a day and see how he does on that. He’s a really fighter when it comes to giving meds though, he HATES the syringes. When he is well he prefers for me to just hold the syringe in front of him and he licks up the meds. So glad you’re feeling better my sweet little boy!

Bunny: Disguised as a Foot

September 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Stella”

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“Hershey & Butterscotch”

Stella’s nighttime routine has become:
1: Find my feet
2: Snuggle with those feet
3: Get my feet to pet her
4: Lick my feet
I’m beginning to wonder if she thinks my feet are rabbits. My boys certainly know the difference. I know as Hershey and Butterscotch are watching us, they’re saying: “I’ll snuggle with you!”

Butterscotch “Lost” & “Found” Himself

September 10, 2017 at 1:44 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Matilda”

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“Butterscotch”

Last night after dinner I had a little trouble finding my Butterscotch. My mom and I looked all over the dining room and living room, calling him. His brother Hershey kept coming over, probably because he thought we were going to give him a treat. Even Matilda starting running around her pen, trying to help us find the little guy. Eventually he just “appeared” as they always seem to do when I “lose” a rabbit. No idea where he was, but he didn’t seem to bothered by being “lost.” He spent a lot of time this morning staring at Matilda while she was eating her pellets. Not sure which he was more interested in!

Foot Guard

August 16, 2017 at 2:07 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Stella”

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“Hershey & Butterscotch”

Whenever I pet Stella, she lays down on my foot, effectively trapping me in place. “No leaving until I say so! Keep petting, human slave!” Fortunately for her, I’m happy to oblige, at least until my foot falls asleep. My Hershey and Butterscotch spent a lot of time in the evening yesterday laying just opposite Stella’s pen, looking at her through the window. I think she’d had enough at one point because she went behind the couch and flopped. I guess somebunny likes to have some privacy at nap time.

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