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Most human medications are very toxic for a bunny. Since iv been home she as ad a nose bleed n her eyes keep rolling in her head, i dont know what it is. My 4 year old son loves Paw Patrol and his favorite character happens to be Chase so this toy was perfect for him. Store in a glass mason jar with a BPA-free lid. Your vet is obviously not familiar with rabbits because I am pretty sure that giving your bunny amoxicillin will be fatal. If you keep feeding the formula when he is trying to take a breath he will inhale the formula and this can kill your baby. We just hope that she continues to gain an adequate amount of weight so she can have her surgery.
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My little bunny, Star only has one eye from a raccoon attack. Thanks for writing and hope this helps a little.
I am very sorry that your bunnies have died. It sounds like you have some kind of sickness going through your warren and I think that it is time for a rabbit vet to be consulted. I am not a vet and cannot diagnose diseases in bunnies. If just one bunny had gotten sick and died, then I would suspect the food or some other problem, but with four dead bunnies, it is a lot more serious.
I fear you may loose them all if you do not seek some kind of medical assistance, right away. It is obvious to me that a serious infection is going through your bunnies. I hope that it is not too late. There are medications that can help rabbits in situations like this, but they must be gotten at the vet office.
Make sure that you use a vet who sees rabbits every day and not a regular dog and cat vet. There is a huge difference. To find a local rabbit vet, please visit the rabbit. Your local House Rabbit Society website will list all the vets in your area that are experienced with rabbits.
Hope this helps, but I would not delay another minute going to the vet. In situations like this, hours make a huge difference. I learned the hard way that switching feed can be deathly to any rabbit.
And even that is fast. In two days I lost 38 bunnies. Oh my, that is absolutely horrible. I would be devastated beyond belief. When people keep rabbits as pets, most fail to realize how fragile and high maintenance of a pet that they truly are. Simple small things like this can result in huge medical expenses and even death. Can I ask what kind of feed you switched them to? I lost 6 bunnies who were seemingly healthy one second and gone the next.
Hi Bethany Diet is the number one mistake that people make with their rabbits. I believe that it is one of the top reasons rabbits do not live as long as they could. Learning about this will drastically reduce vet visits and illness. Pellets were not designed for pet rabbits, they are made for farmers who do not expect their rabbits to live very long. Pet rabbits should eat mostly fresh grass hays.
The rest can be some fresh greens and maybe a small amount of pellets. Some breeds like Rex bunnies, should probably never have pellets after they are adults.
Pellet fed rabbits have more problems with being over-weight, GI stasis, bloat, fur blockage and teeth issues than rabbits who eat mostly hay. This results in a shorter lifespan on average and more visits to the vet.
I recommend getting a copy of my book and reading the chapter on diet. They want let me near them, just run of when i go out to try!! It is obvious that your bunnies are not happy with their home and do not want to go back there.
It is probably because their hutch is too small and probably has a wire bottom. Wire bottoms hurt delicate rabbit feet, especially for Rex and larger rabbits.
It causes permanent damage to their feet. Second, most hutches are way too small and if both girls are in the same hutch and they are large like you describe, their house may not be the right size. My rabbits never mind going back to their condo because it is of generous enough size as to be comfortable. Before I get into the correct sizing of a rabbit house, the more important issue is the fact that these two girls live in a hutch outdoors. I know this because otherwise you would have never considered letting them run loose free outside to begin with.
You mention being worried about predators and for this reason we NEVER allow our pet bunnies to play and run outdoors unsupervised, much less free running… especially in light of the fact that they are not trained to return to their safe abode. I recommend learning more about rabbits and finding a safe area in your home for them to live and play. If you continue to let them run and play outdoors and live in an outdoor hutch, it is only a matter of time before they eat something poisonous, are killed by a predator or escape by digging out of your yard.
This is absolutely inevitable and it WILL happen if given enough time. If allowed to live safely indoors, a spayed female can live to be ten or more years old. An unspayed female living outdoors will rarely live to be past five or six at the most. The sad news is that a rabbit is not safe from predators inside their hutch outdoors. Raccoons can open most of them and rabbits can have heart attacks from being scared to death if a predator comes too near their cage.
There are several ways to house a rabbit safely indoors, such as using metal dog exercise pens which you can see under link on my site about How To House A Pet Rabbit.
You need to train them before you let them out. I give the command hutch, hutch, and my two come running back, up the ramp and go crazy waiting inside for their treat raisin, apple, plain cheerio, etc.
I only give these certain treats when they return to their hutch so they will associate this behavior with this particular treat. Do you let them out daily? This took a few weeks of constant training once we brought them home. I do not advocate rabbits living in outdoor hutches. Pet rabbits live indoors and only farm rabbit live outside. There is a big difference between farm and pet rabbit in how we keep them. Please reconsider having your bunnies live in a hutch outside.
An indoor x-pen or bunny condo is a much safer and healthier option and you will get to enjoy your pets actually living with you. Please obtain a copy of my book to learn more about the subject. My bunny eats everything. So, what will happen if my bunny eat something rusty? The area where he lives and spends most of his time needs to be absolutely safe for him at all time. Still, you want to have poisonous house plants and any electrical cords protected or removed.
Rabbits have teeth that grow constantly. They grow inches a year. They must chew in order to grind down their teeth. This is why they should have unlimited amounts of fresh grass hay and things to chew on.
Philip and Bethany, Sorry to hear what happened! I just had my two rabbits die as well. They died October 11th and 21st, with no apparent symptoms.
I had just switched to Kaytee Timothy Complete a couple weeks earlier. I doubt that this was the cause though. I was thinking it was a virus. They did not get into any toxins at my house unless they were in the food or hay. Where do you guys live? Hi Meghan Many household products can make your bunny sick and so the best thing to use for cleaning areas that they come in direct contact with is a vinegar and water mixture.
I know how hard it is in a modern world to keep all products away from rabbits, such as fabric softeners and laundry detergents. The best strategy is to keep exposure to these things to a minimum and watch for signs of sickness.
The only way to tell if they are not feeling well is when they will not take their usual food or treats. This is usually a sure sign. Once you notice that your bunny is not feeling right, then the clock starts ticking. You will need to be very proactive to make a difference, once you know that something is amiss.
This is why having a rabbit specialist vet already lined up and available is critical in advance of any bunny health emergency. Iv been given a male indoor rabbit…he has never been outside.. I am not sure if you mean that he will only eat his veggies and pellets but not his hay… or do you mean he has stopped eating all together.
Rabbits typically will not eat hay if they are getting too many pellets or other stuff. Rabbits over 1 year old do not need pellets at all because they were designed for farmers to get bunnies fat quickly so you can eat them, not for pets who live ten to fifteen years.
I highly recommend that you do some homework on how to properly feed your bunny. A diet that is not mostly hay will result in lots of vet visits and possibly a substantially shortened lifespan. If your rabbit has stopped eating all food, he needs to see a vet right away. It is a matter of life and death. Rabbits can die in a matter of 24 hours or less, once they stop eating. Rabbits need to see a rabbit specialist vet, not a dog or cat vet.
Dog and cat vets will certainly see your rabbit but they will not have the experience necessary to do anything useful and may actually harm your rabbit by giving the wrong drugs or making an improper diagnosis.
If you need help locating a rabbit specialist vet, please consult the rabbit. Find the one closest to you and then contact them for a list of rabbit approved vets in your area. This is important and should be done before your rabbit ever gets sick. I have 2 female dwarf bunnies. This sounds like it could be a serious problem.
I do not know what you can give to mitigate the likely toxins in the hand cream. Your first concern it make sure that she keeps eating and pooping. If you are lucky, whatever she ate may just pass through with little harm.
Rabbits are extremely sensitive to anything they ingest, which is why they are used as lab animals. There is no way to undo what has been done because you cannot pump their stomach or make them throw up. Rabbits cannot vomit due to a highly developed cardiac sphincter. It sounds like you do not have a rabbit vet specialist for your girls. I always tell people that the time to be looking for a vet is NOT when your bunny is sick or dying. It would be wise to form a relationship with a rabbit vet so that you can always call or get help when necessary.
Often the only rabbit vet is hours of driving away. Better to know this prior to need one, than to wait and add hours to the process by having to search for one, first. So if the poisons in it are not fatal, then you will need to restore her ability to eat and drink, to get her insides moving again. Within four to six hours she should have eaten and pooped several times.
If she has not, then you will need to assist her. If you do not have the proper tools and materials for this, it is best that she get into a medical situation so that the proper care be given. It is very likely that this bun can survive if proper medical care is given ASAP by a real rabbit vet. Do not trust a dog or cat vet to be able to assist her.
They will certainly see your rabbit, but they will not have the experience to know what to do. Most of the medicines and procedures done on cats and dogs can be fatal to a rabbit.
The biggest mistake you could make would be to assume that a dog or cat vet is OK. Rabbits are exotic animals and need an exotic vet who sees a half dozen rabbits a day, not a year.
Please find a REAL bunny vet. A few days later he became sick. I took him to a local vet and a few days after that he died! I was so ignorant back then as well as society about the care and feeding of these exotic pets. As for the vet, my bunnies see a specialist at an exotic veterinary. Usually, both bunnies are trying to push right through the gate. I gave him a nice long bunny tummy massage, put 1 teaspoon of infant pedialyte into their water bottle, and prayed all night.
The next day he was back to normal. It is true, you must not underestimate the importance of using an exotic small animal veterinarian. Dog and cat vets will gladly let you pay them for them to practice on your pet, but unfortunately I can tell you from experience that it rarely ends well. Successful rabbit vets see five or six rabbits a day, not a year. Do you want to see your vet looking up how to treat your bunny on the internet after you bring him in for a very common problem I have actually experienced this.
I would also like to know in your opinion is it good to hold my bunny a lot? Hi Nikki I typed out a long response to your post yesterday but for some reason it seems to have gotten lost, so I am reposting my reply.
Hold your rabbit every day and as often as possible to socialize them to it. You should learn how to safely pick her up and hold her, first though. When interacting it is even better to get down on the floor. Rabbits are not born liking to be picked up because in the wild when they leave the ground they are about to die.
You must work with them and teach them that it is OK. They will learn the opposite if they are dropped when you pick them up. They have great memories and remember any time they were hurt, if even by accident. First is that it is always best to adopt a pet and avoid purchasing them, to reduce the demand for over-breeding. That said, you might want to consider adopting from a rescue or shelter when you go to get your next pet.
The second thing that I notice right away is that you mentioned buying this rabbit for your son. If the child is too young, then it is a disaster waiting to happen because rabbits are so fragile and delicate. If the child is older say over seven then they might not accidentally hurt or injure the animal, but they are also not going to be responsible enough to provide the long term commitment over ten years and the intricate care that is necessary.
This requires very close adult supervision and no child will hold their interest for ten or twelve years that the rabbit will be in your home with proper care. This means that the pet bunny is really YOUR pet bunny because it will fall upon you to insure his health and well-being. Also, in ten years when your son is off at college, you are still going to be caring for this bunny if he is 7 or 8. How and what to feed a pet rabbit is some of the most important info that you will need to know. This is especially true for Rex bunnies.
They were bred to gain weight very quickly and this translates to being extremely sensitive to being over-fed. Baby Rex bunnies should have pellets to help them grow and mature until they are six months old. THEN, I would wean them off of pellets so that by the time they are adults they should not be getting any pellets at all. Pellets are for farmers to fatten up bunnies so that they can be eaten quickly, not for pet rabbits who live ten or more years.
This means that you will need to give her fresh hay every day. She should be eating a lot of hay all the time. When rabbits stop eating for just one day, they can die. I recommend getting my book or doing a lot more reading online because if you mess up with feeding this Rex, it will drastically impact her longevity and health read vet bills. Female rabbits have more than a four out of five chance of getting breast or uterine cancers and tumors if they are not spayed by the time they are four years old.
You are basically sentencing your girl to a horrible death by cancer if you do not get her spayed. In order to spay a pet rabbit you must seek out an exotic pet vet.
To help locate one in your area, visit rabbit. When you visit the site for your local House Rabbit Society chapter, they will have a list of the rabbit vets for your area.
You can also Google local rabbit rescues and ask them directly who to use. This is critical and is part of having a pet bunny, just like having a good dog or cat vet is part of having a dog or kitty. One last thing… please remember that rabbits need to see special these veterinarians, ONLY. You cannot take a rabbit to a dog or cat vet.
It takes a lot of experience to treat and diagnose bunnies. Your dog and cat vet will not know how to do this and it will only end badly trust me on this one. Of course, they will take your money and try and treat your bunny, but do not expect to bring the bunny home every time been there and done that.
I know I threw a lot of stuff at you, but all of that needed to be said from what you asked in your post. You have chosen a particularly challenging breed because of their special dietary issues. You will learn how having a pet bunny can be very rewarding, but it will require some serious effort on your part and you will not learn it from the bunny.
I probably should've made that clearer! Thanks for all your insight- and I'm so sorry for all that you and your kiddos have been through! So at about two months, he was placed on reflux meds.
Around 9 months or so, C-bear stops throwing up every four seconds, so we as all good parents do played doctor and dc'd the meds. Fast forward two years.
Our daughter, we'll call her CA, was born 4 months prematurely, and has vicious reflux. To the point that she will not eat anything by mouth. She's completely tube fed— peptamin Jr.
She sees a slew of specialists each month. Can't you tell from his voice? Ah the rollercoaster of reflux. Yep it blows big time.
My first born was a happy spitter, well more like a happy projectile vomiter. Amazingly she gained weight well, STTN from 8 weeks old and was a dream child.
We used reflux meds for several months which helped greatly and by the time she was 10 months old the reflux was pretty much gone. Not sure if it has anything to do with the reflux, but when the terrible twos hit her tantrum was her coughing just enough to make herself vomit… oh that was fun! He was on the highest dose of reflux meds the pedi's would allow by 12 weeks old and we didn't wean off meds until he was 13 months.
He was on elecare formula from 12 weeks old as well and I sometimes wonder how I didn't go insane in those first 6 months, the kid barely ate and I battled to keep him eating and gaining weight. Thankfully he is now an active, happy 18 month old, still on the small side but he's come a long long way from those early days. Oh he still test my patience every day the complete opposite of his sister but he's cute so all is forgiven.
Thank you for posting. My son was just discharged a few days ago after 10 days in the hospital for constant vomiting and failure to thrive. We'd been on Neocate for months but it wasn't making any difference. Unfortunately, he has lost all interest in eating by mouth and is on an NG feeding tube getting Pediasure around the clock. I know my story is extreme as was my FFF Friday post- my kid doesn't like to play by the rules- I told him he better be a REALLY good teenager but I encourage anyone dealing with any of this to keep pushing your doctor for answers.
When we got to the ER we had to flat out refuse to leave because we were told it was a stomach bug and we needed to go home. We are still searching for a GI doctor we are happy with.
Two things really helped our refluxy baby — Neocate which anyone can order online these days btw, it is not prescription only and most importantly, the Rock n Play bassinet which is angled and helps baby sleep comfortably. Adding anecdotal evidence here in the forlorn hope that while the plural of anecdote is not data, it might help others feel they are not nuts: Alimentum helped some but Neocate helped much much more. We're in the middle of the acid reflux battle, but complicated with other issues.
My daughter was born with a congenital heart defect and it's super important that she gain an adequate amount of weight so she can have open heart surgery next month to repair the defect.
She had trouble with eating from the get go. She got her first feeding by mouth the day before she came home. Plus I had postpartum hypertension that put me in bad shape initially. She had trouble latching and would eat a limited amount. When she was about 5 weeks old she had an episode that looked like a seizure and we rushed her to the hospital by ambulance.
Turns out it was acid reflux complicated by fluid around her lungs. She's now on lasix to remove the excess fluid and pepcid for reflux. She's doing ok and needs periodic increases of her pepcid to keep her from vomiting up most of her bottles. We just hope that she continues to gain an adequate amount of weight so she can have her surgery. A bolus feeding is when formula is give over a short period of time.
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