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post #41 of 114
yup, i know the feeling.

i donated a lot of october j's thing to the one rescue near me, and i don't know if i have enough to donate to this rescue this month, but we'll see.
post #42 of 114
Hello!

I didn't see this thread until now.

I have two rabbits a Dutch and a tri-color

I feed them timothy pellets and fresh greens, kale, mustard, collards

Sometimes they get a couple berries for treats.

On the composting note, last winter I did lasagna gardening with my beds and included rabbit poo, this summer my herb garden got HUGE, my herbs have never been so large. Some of them I hadn't planned on getting that big and they got kind of crowded.
post #43 of 114
gardeners do love our compost because it's mostly from October J! Well, not anymore, but in the past years, friends and neighbors practically fought for it. LOL
post #44 of 114
Abimommy - I compost too. I guess it must be lasagna style because I don't turn it over. I just pile it and let Nature do its magic. Rabbit poop is great for the plants. It doesn't seem to burn like some other manure I've tried.

Update on my minilop with the head tilt

I went to a second rabbit-savvy vet on Friday. She is very good. She's about an hour away from my home but it was worth the visit. I took my bunny, all her meds, the records, and head x-ray with me. Dr. K, the second vet, did a very through examination of my bunny's head tilt. She even had high-tech vet equipment my regular vet doesn't have. Afterwards, we had a long talk. I think we must have spent an hour talking. Dr. K knows quite a bit about head tilt as she's had two bunnies with it. It was nice to talk to someone who shared my concerns. In the end, she confirmed that the treatment my current vet was giving (weekly Pen-G shots) is probably the best and that my bunny is doing remarkably well given her condition. Most rabbits roll around and they can't get around like mine still can. She still eats, drinks, responds to attention, grooms herself. I've decided she does have a quality of life. She's going to be chronically ill most likely for the rest of her life but it's not the end for her. Dr. K told me had I asked her to put down the bunny she would have talked me out of it. I really needed that confirmation. Interesting enough my bunny's cataracts are helping her head tilt because she's so sight-impaired she's probably not seeing the room spin as much as a younger bunny with good eyesight. Yay! Who knew the cataracts would be so beneficial.

Domesticzookeeper - Thanks for the PM.
post #45 of 114
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Well that Vet didn't know what she was talking about! Thankfully I knew enough to prevent anything bad from happening, but we decided to try anti-biotic at this point in the game. Try clearing up the feet first. One thing she said seemed right "puss and surgery don't mix". Ginger's feet are improving and I'm trying to spend lots of just scratching her time, as she was growling and running away from me a lot. The other vet seems to be the one with the rabbit experience, so that's the one doing the surgery later.
post #46 of 114
first, i'm glad to hear that head-tilt bunny is doing well and has a good quality of life. as the caregiver to a disabled bunny (while only for a few weeks), i know that the main thing that you need is clear discussion and encouragement.

so, BookGoddess--thanks for doing so much for your rabbit, for recognizing how great her life still is even though she's a bit awkward and has some health problems with which she can live. i know how wonderful it is to live with a rabbit, and how most people don't understand how wonderful it is to care for a disabled rabbit.

i would do it again in a heartbeat. it's do-able--you can and are doing it! i thank you, and your bunny thanks you too, i know! Give her a good squeeze from me!

B&B: poor bunny! i hope the infections clear up soon and that she'll get her surgery in short order. she's so lucky to have a good caregiver who is willing to be patient with her in the interim. it's hard being a hormonal rabbit!
post #47 of 114
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Originally Posted by zoebird View Post
first, i'm glad to hear that head-tilt bunny is doing well and has a good quality of life. as the caregiver to a disabled bunny (while only for a few weeks), i know that the main thing that you need is clear discussion and encouragement.

so, BookGoddess--thanks for doing so much for your rabbit, for recognizing how great her life still is even though she's a bit awkward and has some health problems with which she can live. i know how wonderful it is to live with a rabbit, and how most people don't understand how wonderful it is to care for a disabled rabbit.

i would do it again in a heartbeat. it's do-able--you can and are doing it! i thank you, and your bunny thanks you too, i know! Give her a good squeeze from me!
Amen to that!

Peanut was a sweet and happy gal who just happened to have a head tilt It's different, and it can be frustrating and challenging, but caring for a disabled bunny is sooo worth it
post #48 of 114
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Ginger died suddenly this morning. About 10 mins after going to bed I kept hearing weird thumping sounds from her bathroom. I got up to check on her and I found her clenched teeth on the baby-gate in the doorway. I helped un-hook her teeth and she let out the most awful and long squeal. I tried to pick her up, Her body was totally limp, . I immediately layed her back down, and climbed over the gate completely freaked out at what was happening to her. She started spasming and eyes rolling in her head, then her body went still. I gently picked her up and realized she was dead. My Dh was already calling my rabbit breeder friend and as we talked to her she explained that she likely broke her spine and went into shock. I cried a lot, so sudden and so awful.
post #49 of 114
Oh no! : I'm so sorry...

post #50 of 114
poor baby!

i'm so sorry that she died in pain, but i also know that she died in LOVE--your love.

*hugs* and prayers for you and ginger. poor sweet baby.
post #51 of 114
Awwww!!! I'm so sorry to hear this news.

Two years ago, one of my bunnies died right in front of me from a seizure caused by e. cuniculi. It's never easy and it's especially hard when they pass away so suddenly. I like to think that the two rabbits of mine that have passed away are running happily in a field of flowers somewhere. They're free of pain and surrounded by love.
post #52 of 114
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We were going to wait, but we went and picked a new bun out. It happens to be Ginger's nephew. The even better news is that Hopper and him are sharing a cage together right now! It was too dark to bury Ginger, she's still wrapped up in a box in the patio storage. We will bury her tomorrow, I loved her bunches and am glad that she died quickly so she didn't suffer much.
post #53 of 114
Thats sad about Ginger.

I had a rabbit that broke her back in her large outdoor pen. I went out she was fine, I went in the house, came out an hour later and her back legs were not working. I had to have her put to sleep.
post #54 of 114
Another rabbit person here--I have a lilac and an English spot--couldn't love them more if I tried.
Sorry to hear about Ginger--was there a chance that the antibiotic was toxic? The teeth clenching to the gate was sign of pain--which you already knew. That just breaks my heart!
I'm so sorry...I dread the days of losing my pets--but it helps me to know that they live in a home where they are loved, even if I have to suffer the loss when they pass--especially when I think of all these people who get rabbits because they are 'cute'--and literally never think beyond that moment when adopting/buying them. Ugh.

One of my rabbits thinks he is a dog--and literally will RUN to the door when he hears me coming home. He is SO adorable. Just makes my heart melt. I have not had any major health issues with my two--well, the English spot has a sensitive system and gets runny stools and had a couple of bouts with sludge--but we got her all cleared up. Unfortunately, she cannot have a lot of fresh greens because it instantly makes her sick. Fortunately, my sister in law owns a farm and so I get fresh Timothy first cut every time I need it.
My guys also enjoy Oxbow Timothy pellets and my lilac can enjoy banana and Romaine without too much issue--I make sure my English spot is not around when I give him a treat without treating her.
If I could have my way--I'd move to a climate where the weather was not too cold or too hot and pretty stable all year and have really nice bunny runs. Of course, this would also require owning a lot of land. But hey, I can dream! I wish I had my brother and sister-in-laws farm, it has a lot of wide open flat space and runs for nice weather would be such a treat...for now, my guys are house rabbits, which is fine and probably safer, too.
post #55 of 114
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So a little update. We buried Ginger in the bunny grave yard area and put a little gardening decor rock with some partially raised flowers it and put it on top her grave. I put her name and birthday, day she died on the back of it. My new bunny is very sweet and him and Hopper are getting along just great. The spend the night in the dog crate together. He is 4 months old already about 9lbs. He just now is trying to mount her some, he totally doesn't mid the dog so everyone gets along peachy! I'm think what might of happened to Ginger is she was chewing on the gate and got her teeth stuck and in the struggle to get free snapped her spine/neck. It was her going into shock that killed her, hopefully that means she didn't suffer much pain.
post #56 of 114
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OOH I just got circles from the new bunny! I haven't gotten those in a while. Both Ginger and Hopper stopped doing them after so many months of having them. Then the new dog has her head on my lap as I type. Wow I love our animals!
post #57 of 114
I'm sorry about Ginger.
Is your new bunny a french lop too? I bet he's a cutie. When you feel up to it, you should post a picture of your new bunny.
post #58 of 114
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Originally Posted by boricuaqueen327 View Post
I'm sorry about Ginger.
Is your new bunny a french lop too? I bet he's a cutie. When you feel up to it, you should post a picture of your new bunny.
Yes, pedigreed again. Very similar markings, I wasn't trying to get the same kind, he just was the best fit and Hopper got along with him too. I actually don't have a digital camera, but I can get a pic from the breeder probably.
post #59 of 114
When my Fluffy passed away after a kidney infection, I got a new bunny right away. It eased some of the pain I felt not that another animal could have ever replaced Fluffy who had been with for many years. I hope things work out with Hopper and Ginger.

Zoebird - Pssst...You're wanted over >here<
post #60 of 114
I am so sorry about Ginger B&B
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