Healthy Ears!

July 31, 2020 at 8:26 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Butterscotch”

For the past couple of months my Butterscotch has had an ear infection / inflammation in his ear. He was finally cleared of that at the vet yesterday when the vet pulled a huge ball of wax out of his ear and could see that everything looked good. I don’t know who’s happier about not having to give him ear drops any more, him or me! He’s been a good boy through it, but he absolutely hated the drops. He’s still getting the Assisi loop, but we’re going to drop that to every other day and see if he’s still moving around as well.

My Big Guy

July 14, 2020 at 11:56 am | Posted in rabbit | 1 Comment
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“Hershey”

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“Piper & Butterscotch”

Late last week I lost my chocolate Mini Rex, Hershey. He started to have strained breathing so we rushed him to the vet. He had pneumonia and they were going to keep him overnight for observation, but he passed that evening in their care. I’m bringing my other three rabbits to the vet ASAP to get them examined, even though the vet didn’t think he was likely contagious.

Hershey’s bond-mate Butterscotch is taking it pretty well; he may have known he was sick before we did. We brought him to the vet to say goodbye the next day, and I’ve been encouraging our Piper to come over to visit his pen. I think they both like that. It’s probably the closest they’ve been to one another since Hershey usually put himself between them.

Hershey lived nearly nine and half years, and was a boss the entire time. He was the softest rabbit you’d ever met, but also the toughest. I feel so lucky that he was a part of my family. He was loved, and he knew it; he’ll be missed, and I’m sure he knew that too.

Hoppy Birthday Butterscotch!

July 5, 2020 at 4:20 pm | Posted in rabbit | 4 Comments
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“Butterscotch & Hershey”

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Today is my Butterscotch’s ninth birthday, and his first here in Florida. We had an ice cream cake to celebrate the day, and my Hershey tried to help himself to a piece. From his brother’s pellets to my ice cream, there is no food that little guy won’t try to steal. Fortunately I stopped him before he took a big, noticeable, bite from the end. The boys got to celebrate with a pellet/hay “cake” in the shape of a “9,” that I think they enjoyed just as much as the humans enjoyed the ice cream. Many happy returns to my sweet orange boy!

Assisi Loop Testing

June 28, 2020 at 12:57 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Butterscotch”

We recently started using an Assisi Loop on my Butterscotch’s back for his arthritis. He tolerates the treatment better than I thought, but it does require us to put him on the kitchen counter. He would run away on the floor. I just hold the loop over his back for the 15 minute treatment and the hardest part is keeping him entertained so he doesn’t get fussy. Sometimes alfalfa hay works, other times we get our girl Piper to come out where Butters can see her. He loves gazing at that beautiful girl.

I do think it’s helping as he’s been jumping into the regular litter box instead of using the cut down one considerably more than he used to. He’s getting it twice a day for 10 days, then once a day, and we’ll see when the vet says to drop it to every two days. It’s $270 per unit and they need to be replaced once the battery dies after 150 treatments, but if it works well for my boy, it’s worth it.

Thunder-Butters

May 24, 2020 at 11:55 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Hershey & Butterscotch”

We had a loud thunderstorm here a few nights ago, and storms are sometimes more aggressive here in Florida. There was one crack of thunder that even I jumped at. My Butterscotch thumped at that one, but was okay for the rest of the storm. I don’t think the other bunnies even minded the thunder at all. Butters is the most sensitive of my four buns, and I always check on him first when there’s a loud noise in the house. Piper has the biggest ears, and hears the best, but Butters seems to get the most upset. Fortunately he’s got his big brother, Hershey, to comfort him. Nothing fazes Hershey, he’s our little Kronenbun rock.

Elder Bun Appetites

April 20, 2020 at 2:32 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Butterscotch”

My two older buns are nine and nearly nine, but they’re both in very different shape. Hershey, has been overweight most of his life and continues to be so, even into his later years. My Butterscotch has been generally a good weight but is losing a little as he gets older. Hershey still has a very strong appetite, whereas Butterscotch is much fussier. We have to sneak him food during the day or Hershey would eat it all. He’s more of a grazer, but Hershey is still the hoover he was when he was a young bun.

Drying Herbs for Long-term Storage

March 16, 2020 at 1:49 pm | Posted in rabbit | 3 Comments
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“Hershey & Butterscotch”

Stores may be out of toilet paper and soap, but my cart is full of lettuce and herbs. I’ve made sure to order a little extra hay and pellets from Petco, but greens are a little trickier to store in bulk. Greens in general do not freeze and thaw well due to their high water content, but herbs like parsley, cilantro, mint, dill basil and carrot tops can be dried out and safely stored for nearly a year.

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I dried out 4 large bunches of parsley yesterday in the microwave. After my usual cleaning and drying of the herbs, I laid out several sprigs on a paper towel, then covered them with another towel. I microwaved each batch for 30 second intervals until they were crispy. You can also do this in the oven on it’s lowest setting for a few hours, or by leaving them in a paper bag, but the microwave was the most efficient for me. I’ll let them air dry a bit more and in a few days, store the dried goodies in jars and other airtight containers. We live in Florida, so hurricane season is usually around the corner and some extra dried herbs are always good to have on hand.

Since my rabbits never leave the house, they won’t see much difference amid all the shutdowns, aside from the humans of the house being home more. They sleep most of the day anyway though, so I don’t know if they’ll even notice that.

Many Hoppy Returns

February 13, 2020 at 1:30 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Butterscotch”

Yesterday was my birthday, and there’s no better birthday greeting than when a happy bunny runs toward you and dances around your feet. Granted, they were doing that because I had their breakfast in my hands, but I still appreciate the attention. The best gift I can get is that they’re all healthy, and right now, paws crossed, they all are. Butterscotch was my chronic stasis bunny, but since he’s been getting lots of fresh Timothy gold hay all day, he seems to be a lot better. High fiber diets are good diets, especially if you’re a rabbit.

Hoppy Birthday Hershey!

January 27, 2020 at 10:32 pm | Posted in rabbit | 2 Comments
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“Hershey & Butterscotch”

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Today is my Hershey’s ninth birthday. He says he’s going to live forever, and he’s so tough that if he could on sheer willpower, he would. My little chocolate bunny is brown on his back with a white tummy, so I made black and white bunny cookies for the humans in the house to celebrate. Hershey and his brother shared a special plate of greens. He did take a little bite of icing before I took the cookies away though. Chocolate, of course.

Bunny Diets for Clean Bottoms

January 6, 2020 at 12:03 am | Posted in rabbit | 2 Comments
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“Hershey & Butterscotch”

My boys Hershey and Butterscotch are getting older, but they’re still my little guys. Lately they have been having some poopy butt, from possibly malformed cecotropes combined with arthritis. I’m making some modifications to their diet to try and combat it. No more fruit or carrot for now. It could be the selective pellets as they have alfalfa in them, but Butterscotch won’t eat anything else, so I can’t take those away. I tend to feel like greens have fiber in them, and they don’t get a lot of those, so I’m keeping that the same for now. Fortunately, they are both good hay eaters, so I just keep topping off their boxes and bowls.

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