Hefty but Healthy

December 3, 2016 at 1:14 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Rusty”

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“Hershey”

Rusty always hops up onto the couch with me after dinner for pets. He expects at least an hour of “quality time” every night, which means I only have one hand free for eating, drinking, using the remote and anything else I might want to do. Bunnies get priority!

My Hershey went to the vet this week and even though he’s overweight, we didn’t get yelled at. Phew! He seems to stabilize at this weight no matter what we do, so we’ll just make sure he doesn’t get any heavier. Do some runs now Hershey to keep those extra ounces off! He was a little nervous at the vet, since he only goes once a year, and was shaking a bit. My mom picked him up and held him on her lap. My mom has a special bond with our Hershey. He’s the only one of our buns we could do that with, and I wouldn’t even have attempted it!

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Juicin’ Cherries & Hidin’ in the Closet

June 1, 2016 at 9:53 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Butterscotch”

“Charlie & Piper”

My dad recently bought some sweet cherries and I gave the buns each half a cherry, after removing the pit and stems. Boy were they happy! “Thank you, daddy!” I usually have a tissue to catch any cherry juice that drips from their mouths to prevent stains, but Piper slurped all of hers down. “I’m not missing a drop!”

Earlier this week, Charlie and Piper snuck into my mom’s closet and somehow got closed in there. It was only for a few minutes, but we still can’t figure out how they got in there. My mom only noticed because Piper started digging the blanket on the floor and it disappeared into the closet. They could have just pushed the door open, but they were having too much fun!

My Butterscotch has been having some paw trouble. Last week we noticed him picking his front right paw up and found that he had chewed some of the fur off. He tends to do this when he’s nervous. We think the construction on our block in addition to starting to use the noisy air conditioner again may have triggered it.

We took him to the vet to see if there’s anything we can do to help, aside from Metacam for pain and Rescue Remedy to calm him. He’s getting Gabapentin for a few days now to help with nerve pain and hope that he’ll get better quickly. He’s already growing fur back. He did not want to take the Gabapentin, and he is terrible at taking meds, but I realized I could mix some with banana, and now he gobbles it down!

Checkup Buddies

January 20, 2016 at 2:39 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Piper & Butterscotch”

“Piper & Charlie”

Piper had her first vet visit (with us) today. She was a very good girl and in perfect health. Butterscotch was coming along to get his sore hock checked out so she had company in the car. They were both a little nervous. We think Butters got his foot irritated by something and then nervously picks at it. He’s a bit of a nervous guy, so hopefully we can get it healed up and calm him down a little.

We moved bonding upstairs this week. Next step is their actual communal living space. So far so good. They pretty much do their own thing and occasionally come to each another to beg for a snuggle. We’re up to an hour sessions, but it could probably go even longer. My mom thinks they’re already bonded at this point, but I want to keep taking it slow. I’m not ready for my baby to move in with his girlfriend! How do parents do it?

Piper frequently comes over when I’m sitting and lays down behind my legs just like a dog. She’s so very loyal. Fortunately she doesn’t seem to ever want to eat anything that I’ve got, unless it’s fruit. I had some fruity Jelly Baby candy that she smelled and her nose was bookin!

Couch-Bunny Snuggle-Time!

July 2, 2015 at 12:56 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Station”

“Cheeks”

Cheeks spent a lot of time relaxing yesterday. She’s certainly having a good time. Everyone in the house comes over to pet her and she puts her head right down. She came up on the couch with me in the evening and I pet her for long time.

She sees the other bunnies getting pellets twice a day so I’ve been giving her a scoop in the morning and the evening. She’s certainly not overweight and is very active, so I don’t think it will be a problem for her. Girl could use a little more muscle on her bones for all that digging she does!

Station was running around his pen in the afternoon. Cheeks even came over to see the commotion. He came over and nudged me a few times and even gave my ankle a lick.

My Bella had another vet appointment yesterday. She’s doing pretty well. The vet gave us an appetite stimulant which she gobbled up in a piece of banana. Then just a couple hours later she was chowing down on greens, treats and veggies. Seems like that may have done the trick! We also finished her course of antibiotics, and I know those can upset human tummies, so she may feel better without that in her system too.

Open Wide, Here Comes the Airplane!

June 7, 2015 at 12:54 am | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Bella Leche”

We don’t have any visitors at Kamp Kronenberg for a week, which is nice because I’m spending more time my own buns. My only girl, Bella Leche, hasn’t been eating as much lately so we took her to the vet and it seems as though she may have an infection in her lungs. Could be that, or something else, it’s hard to tell with bunnies. While we’re treating her we have to give her Critical Care supplements to get all the nutrients she’s missing out on into her. It’s my first time giving Critical Care, and Bella is NOT happy about it. It’s like feeding a baby. I keep getting blocked by a closed mouth and we’re all messy at the end of it. She seems to like singing during it though. She has been eating a little more greens the past couple days, but may also be getting full from the Critical Care. Hopefully my baby girl will get better soon!

Birthday Bun and Too Much Calcium

May 1, 2015 at 1:17 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Bella”

“Charlie”

“Misty

“Sweetie”

My Bella had her 7th birthday party yesterday. She ate all of her treats and barely had room for the banana chips on her cake (it’s not bacon!). After chowing down, she flopped down and took a long nap.

Earlier in the week, we noticed that my Charlie had some really dark colored urine. We took him to the vet and it turned out that he had bladder sludge. They flushed him out so he’s good now, but is pretty sleepy and annoyed with us for doing this to him. Apparently his body can’t tolerate as high amounts of calcium as his mate, Bella’s, can. I’m cutting out the veggies higher in calcium: dandelion, kale and parsley and removing alfalfa hay as a treat since it’s calcium rich too. Hopefully he won’t need this done again, and may even have better litter box habits now.

Downstairs, Misty is getting bolder on the couch. She climbed up a pillow to the back, but didn’t make it very far before sliding back down onto the seat. She keeps trying to hop onto the end table next to the couch, but so far she hasn’t been successful. I guess she’s just so desperate to get closer to my boys!

Sweetie Bun has been tugging at my pillow when I’m giving my laptop more attention than her. She’s quite a demanding little snuggler. I can type with one hand, but it’s kind of difficult to use the mouse with my left hand if she’s on my right side. “Bunnies have priority!”

Checkups and New Chow

March 19, 2015 at 10:22 pm | Posted in rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Butterscotch”

“Bella”

We took Butterscotch to the vet yesterday for his annual checkup, and brought Bella along as well to check on her weight loss. Bella loves the car, but Butterscotch was very unhappy the last time he went for a drive. I think having Bella in the other carrier next to him made him feel a little better. He was very good at the vet and he was in great health.

Bella loves to look out the window in the car, but she wasn’t too happy at the vet. Both buns took a little while before they felt hungry at home. Bella is down another 3 oz. The vet suggested we put her on alfalfa pellets, but I have to keep those away from her mate Charlie. He’s already at his max weight and I don’t want him to have the extra calcium either.

Bella also has arthritis and one of paws always slides to the side, so we’re going to try giving her 6.5 ml of metacam once a day to see if she moves around any better. She tends to pull her front feet forward and close together which isn’t great. Fortunately she’s really good about taking metacam. “Give me my sugary treat in a tube!”

Bella and Her Bunny Brothers

September 18, 2014 at 11:48 pm | Posted in bunny, long island, pet, rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Charlie”                                                                      “Bella”

 

“Butterscotch”                                               “Hershey”

My baby girl Bella went back to the vet for a recheck and her weight was up a couple of ounces and we think she is eating a little better. The vet also said her nostrils weren’t flaring anymore. So good news so far. We have to keep giving her the antibiotic, which she took easily for the first week. Bad news is that she wont take it on the floor anymore  so we have to pick her up to give it to her. I tried mixing it with banana, but that only worked for one day. It’s her favorite food, so I don’t think it would work with anything else. Oh well. The vet also clipped her nails (yay) so we don’t have to. She popped a little for her too, but still was better behaved than at home.

Charlie has been pretty good about letting Bella eat greens, I’ve only had to take them away from him a few times. I cleaned my room today though and both bunnies did NOT want to go across the hall while I did it. I don’t know why, they usually leave after I start picking up a few things, but not today. Then as soon as I was done they came right back. I just never know what’s going on in their little heads.

We’ve been letting Hershey and Butterscotch run around the living room more now that there aren’t extra bunnies and they’re so adorable. The whole family has been able to pet the two of them more and I think they’re becoming a little more friendly towards us. Of course, they still prefer eachother’s company, which is fine with me. 4 bunnies take up a lot of my attention so it’s nice to not feel guilty about not spending too much time downstairs with them.

Upstairs, Downstairs: Bunny Edition

September 9, 2014 at 1:15 pm | Posted in bunny, long island, pet, rabbit | Leave a comment
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“Bella & Charlie”

Bella Dreaming

“Bella” Sleeping

“Hershey & Butterscotch”

With a break in bunny sitting for a couple of weeks, the blog is more sporadic and more focused on my 2 bunnies upstairs, and 2 foster buns downstairs. My baby girl Bella hasn’t been eating with her usual gusto, and lost a few ounces this summer. We took her to the vet to see if something was up and we think there’s something pushing up her trachea that’s making it a little tougher to breath.

The vet said she saw her nostrils flaring a lot, but I didn’t really notice that. I’ve looking into quite a few bunny noses, but I don’t think I can tell if they’re flaring their nostrils a lot. She isn’t making noises while breathing, which I would notice, so that’s good. As an asthmatic myself, I know how it feels to have trouble breathing. She’s still running around and doing her digging in the litter box, and ripping up cardboard actives though, so she can’t be in too much distress.

She’s on an antibiotic and we’ll see if that helps. It’s cherry flavored for kids and loaded with sugar, so she LOVES it. She’s pulling the syringe out of my hand to get it all! I’m glad she’s so good about taking meds. I’m giving her food all throughout the day so she can eat a little at a time. I just have to keep her husbun Charlie from eating it all. The vet said to give her oats too, but only Charlie seems to like them. Maybe if I added water, I know I hate the dry stuff.

That’s upstairs, and now for downstairs bunnies. Foster bun Hershey is on a diet, so we have to sneak pellets to his little brother, Butterscotch. Usually we call him into the kitchen and close the accordion door behind him so his brother can’t come in. Their bunny gate is open though, so when Butters in done, he can let himself back into the dining room.

It’s pretty amazing. He grabs the edge of the door, which is mostly closed, with his mouth and tugs it over until he has enough room to jump back in. Hershey can’t open it from the inside because of the bunny gate, but I’m sure he could too if he tried! Bunnies are just so smart.

Occasionally if I let them run around the living room when no other bunnies are visiting, they’ll go through the kitchen and circle back to the dining room. If the door’s closed for air conditioning or heating, they just open it themselves. I have to remember to leave their gate open though or they’ll rattle it until I come over!

 

Bella’s Annual Inspection

July 24, 2014 at 3:35 pm | Posted in bunny, long island, pet, rabbit, sitting | 1 Comment
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“Hop”

“Bella”

We took our Bella Leche to the vet last night for her annual checkup. I was concerned that her weight was a little low, but the vet said she was fine. She also offered another explanation for why her right paw slides when she is sitting up: the pads might not be tracking correctly. She hops around fine, so it’s not really something to worry about. We just feel bad when her arm can’t get purchase on a blanket. The vet also suggested taking aloe everyday for our Charlie who is stasis prone. I hadn’t even heard of that but after some research it seems like it’s a good idea. Maybe I’ll take some too! I’ll grab a bottle from the store and see if Charlie’s willing to drink it. Might need some flavoring up first, but if it presents tummy trouble it’s worth it!

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