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Hi all!<br><br>
We have a 4 month old female bunny that has lost a bunch of weight in the last week or so. She shares food w/her sister and I am wondering if the other bunny is being a bully w/the food. She is just skin and bones. The funny thing is..her poo (which is a lot more than her sister) is fine, she is very active (she just jumped onto the couch...three times in a row. We have been separating them for feeding times, but I haven't noticed any weight gain. I guess her weight loss was so rapid, I expected her to gain it faster than this.<br><br>
Anyway, anyone have experience w/this?
 

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i don't. my bunny was 10 yrs old and became very thin during his last week/two weeks of life. it was tragic for me.<br><br>
so, she could be sick or have a worm, or she could be bullied away from food.<br><br>
does she have constant access to food (pellets, hay, fresh green leafies)?<br><br>
most rabbits are good self regulators, if their diets are free of junk foods.<br><br>
if she's not sick, or if she needs to gain a bit of weight, i recommend making raw scones with sprouted buckwheat. when october j lost two lbs early in the summer, i started giving him those and he gained them right back (and they're healthy for him). in the end, he just was dying.
 

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I don't, but weight loss that rapid is a really bad sign <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I'd get her to the vet ASAP.
 

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If she's lost a lot of weight it's probably time to check it out at the vet...usually being skin and bones as it talks about in your post means something underlying is going on.
 

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I took her in yesterday to see if she was a he <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> and the vet asked if she was eating OK and asked what we were feeding her. It was an odd visit, because I had it scheduled just to do a sex check (free) and I was hoping he would offer some guidance about her weight. We did talk about it and he sounded a little concerned, but after questioning us about her feed, didn't offer any other advice. I have used him for 12 years w/our dogs and cat, but I'm thinking I may need to find another vet that is rabbit friendly.<br><br>
We feed them twice a day, timothy/alfalfa and pellets (we recently switched from gourmet bunny food to pellets) in the a.m. In the afternoon they get more hay and a combination consisting of some (but not all each time) leafy greens, carrots, apple, etc. She was gaining weight on this diet until we switch from the gourmet to the bulk pellets.<br><br>
zoe, the scones sound interesting. I can only find a recipe that uses a juicer which I don't have. Do you have a recipe that you can share? My neighbor said she gives her rabbit bread <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> I'm thinking I'll pass on that advice.
 

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I would be concerned. Definitely ask around for a rabbit savvy vet. Also, have you checked her teeth? Sometimes rabbit have tooth issues that prevent them from eating properly so that can cause the weight loss.
 

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i'll try to find a recipe for them. my friend makes and sells a lot of raw foods, so we always bought them. they were pricey, but worth it.<br><br>
also, keep 'watery' foods to a minimum--carrots, apples, etc. october j would get no more than a bite or two a day (or less) of these foods. increase the leafies, consider adding wheatgrass, and decrease the alfalfa (it's not really good for rabbits) and go for pure timothy hay.<br><br>
we were getting october j organic pellet feed that was timothy hay based--i'll look it up, he really liked it.
 

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She died today. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> We rushed her to the vet, but she died on the way. I changed their water this morning and she was fine, but about an 1 1/2 hours later, DS went out to feed them and she was laying down and wouldn't get up. We brought her in, wrapped her up, and she was moving a little bit, but her head was tipped way back, and her front legs wouldn't move at all. Her breathing was labored and she could hardly blink her eyes.<br>
The vet says she had snuffles and that it went to her brain, but I'm not buying it because her eyes and nose were fine. She was very active, had bright shiny eyes....I don't know. DD thinks it's her fault because she and her dad built the hutch and there is a space between the sleeping area and the open area that they try to jump up on. DD thinks she broke her neck, but she didn't make any noise like she was in pain. I am baffled.<br>
Our 15 year old cat died in Sept., and I am still sad about that. I can't handle losing pets anymore. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:<br>
Now I'm worried the other bunny might end up the same way. We don't know what we are dealing w/so I don't know if it's contagious.<br><br>
Anyway, thanks for all your ideas.
 

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I'm so sorry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
RIP bunny
 

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i'm very sorry for your loss. buns are amazing creatures, and whether we loose them soon or late, it's a tough one to loose.<br><br>
remind your daughter that she did everything right, that she took very good care of the bun, and that the bun loves her just as much now as before and is thankful for her care.
 
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