Always Remembered

October 15, 2018 at 5:15 pm | Posted in rabbit | 2 Comments
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“Piper & Charlie”

This past weekend my Charlie wanted to eat less and less, and today is refusing almost all food. I brought him to our amazing vet and his blood work shows that his kidneys are in very bad shape and that she recommends putting him to sleep in a couple of days. His creatinine is up to 6.4 from 5.2 last month, and doc says that once it’s over 6, rabbits usually don’t feel like eating. He’ll still swallow the critical care once I get the syringe in his mouth, but doesn’t want to eat on his own.

His potassium was 6.7 and BUN was 83, both high. He has trouble maintaining his temperature, so I’ve got heated snuggle safes and a safe floor pad down as well as a space heater keeping the room he’s in warm. I’m giving him time to snuggle with Piper, but she’s keeping a little distance. He did this right before Bella passed away, so Piper may be picking up on his illness. She’s not as intuitive though, so she might just be clueless.

Charlie was my first rabbit and the one who started everything bunny for me and my family. He will be greatly missed but always remembered.

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Busy with My Boy

August 29, 2018 at 12:14 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Charlie & Piper”

My Charlie hasn’t been doing so well the last couple of days. He’s still got an infection somewhere, so we’re trying another antibiotic for a month. His kidney function has also gotten worse. He’s basically not eating on his on own except for a few fruit treats and the occasional piece of cilantro. He grinds his teeth sometimes, I noticed it when he urinated a couple of times, so we got Buprenex from the vet to give him in addition to his Galliprant. It’s so hard not knowing what is wrong with him, but I’m trying to make him as comfortable as possible. His temperature has been below 101 so he’s been on a heating pad in his carrier a lot. Whenever I let him out, he usually snuggles with his mate Piper, and at 10 lbs, I think she makes a pretty good heating element herself.

Surprise, It’s a Bunny!

August 15, 2018 at 2:11 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Charlie, Piper & Cameron”

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“Mason”

There’s a big box in Mason’s pen and he’s decided that it makes a great perch. It’s really for sitting under, but he likes to sit on top of it as well. Guess the couch isn’t’ giving him a good enough view!

Last night we brought Cameron upstairs for some run around time, in a larger space. We’ve done this before, but this time I put a double fence down the middle of the hall, and let him see Charlie and Piper. He spends a lot of time looking at rabbits through fences, downstairs, so I thought he’d like to see the bunnies upstairs too. He did, but my Piper was very upset. I don’t know why, maybe she just wasn’t expecting to see him there. She was on high alert the whole time, except for when Charlie came over and she snuggled with him. Charlie was a little curious, but didn’t care as much as Piper.

Favorite Napping Spots

July 24, 2018 at 2:22 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Piper”

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“Douglas”

My Piper loves to lie down in the hallway. Even when it’s hot and humid outside and thus not as cool in the hallway as it is in a room, she still spends part of her day in the hall. I think she likes to be able to see what’s going on. Not that anything would be able to slip past those big satellite dish ears of hers! Douglas also likes to have a good view in the living room, so he sleeps on the coffee table. I’ve know rabbits who sleep on the couch, but he’s the only one I know who loves the coffee table!

Keep It Cool, Bun

July 16, 2018 at 2:13 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Douglas”

On hot days like today, it’s important to keep your rabbits cool. Douglas has the right idea, lying down on a cool tile. While air conditioning in my first line of defense, cool objects like tiles and frozen water bottles help as well. My upstairs hallways isn’t air conditioned, and my 10lb Piper just loves to lay there all day long. I guess the heat doesn’t bother her. She’s smart enough to go in her room to cool down, but perhaps those big ears of hers help with cooling. I also keep a water bowl in the hall so she has plenty of water nearby. I top off water bowls in the evening so all the buns have enough to last them overnight.

I’m So Thirsty!

June 21, 2018 at 1:02 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Piper”

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“Lola”

This morning my Piper nudged her water bow and dumped almost all of the water out. Then she looked at me as if to say, “No more water. Need more.” Then she flops on her side for a nap. I think she’s acting out for attention. Other buns in the house need me more right now. I’m dealing with our recent rescue, Melody, and gave my Charlie a butt bath yesterday. Hopefully it stays clean for a few days. I do think its the Supreme Science Selective pellets that are doing it for him, but it’s so tough to wean him off and onto another brand. I don’t want him to lose weight if he won’t eat anything else. Lola bunny eats EVERYTHING, which is always helpful. Those are the bunnies who need diets though, like my Hershey and Piper. They just look at food and gain weight!

Piper is the Best Medicine

June 2, 2018 at 12:01 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Charlie & Piper”

My Charlie has chronic “poopy-butt,” which means he doesn’t always eat his cecotropes like rabbits are supposed to, and they get stuck to his bottom. Sometimes, the cecotropes can come out not properly formed, usually due to an imbalance of the bacteria in their gut. I cut out greens completely for him a couple months ago and they do appear better formed. Rabbits usually eat cecotropes directly from their body, but due to his arthritis, it’s hard for him to bend over like that, and so he generally poops them out. Sometimes he eats them, sometimes he sits or steps on them. I clean him every day and give him sponge baths in the sink as needed. The best medicine for arthritis is to keep moving, and Piper is the best medicine for him. She runs all over the house and he is usually following right behind her, making sure she doesn’t get into any mischief. Just keep hopping!

 

Bunny Flopping

May 8, 2018 at 2:04 pm | Posted in rabbit | 2 Comments
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“Stella”

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“Piper”

Some bunnies are floppers. They frequently fall asleep in what we call the “dead bunny flop.” My Piper is modelling that above. She’s totally on her side with her tummy exposed. While sometimes a frightening sight to come upon, it’s actually a good thing. A bunny laying like this, means that they are very relaxed. My Piper is a chill girl. Stella does this too, I find that the bigger rabbits tend to do it more and the little ones are happier keeping themselves a compact loaf, but any bunny is capable of a relaxing flop.

Hoppy Easter!

April 1, 2018 at 1:19 pm | Posted in rabbit | 1 Comment
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“Piper”

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“Glenda”

Glenda bunny is visiting for Easter, and all the boys downstairs are very happy to have her. My foster Cameron even hopped down to the edge of his pen, hoping to catch a glimpse of her. Cameron loves looking at other bunnies. As the only girl downstairs, Glenda is very popular. She’s very chill though, so she doesn’t really care. She’ll just lounge around being admired, just like the princes she is.

Lights Out Came Early Tonight!

March 7, 2018 at 11:01 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Cameron”

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“Charlie”

We had a big wet snow/rain storm today and lost power for a few hours. Fortunately it came back before the house got too cold. I had already moved the bunny greens into the garage as a temporary fridge in case the power stayed off all night. I was with Cameron when it came back and he had been allowed out for playtime, but didn’t want to come out in the candlelight. Once the lights came back, woosh, he came out!

The snow plow came down our street a few times, and each time Piper cocked her head, and looked over at me. I don’t think she liked it. “The only fluffy flying white stuff around here should be me!” Charlie, Hershey and Butterscotch didn’t really seem to care. As long as they got fed, they were happy.

Charlie had a vet appointment before the storm got bad, and was very good. His creatinine levels are similar, so I am keeping up the sub q fluids, three times a week. Hopefully that will be enough to help keep him healthy for the rest of his life.

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