Throughout the month of September we were dealing with on and off stomach issues with Tigger. She would be on and off her diet and need gas meds, pain meds, and force feedings of Oxbow Critical Care at times and syringed water. On the 24th, we wrote that she seemed to have turned the corner. Since then she has continued to improve and the picture shows that improvement.
With bunnies, we have learned that subtle behavior changes can signal their health issues more clearly if you watch them closely. When Shadow spends a lot of time cleaning his ears or has one ear up, one ear down, we know it is time to have the vet take a look at his ears for an inner or outer ear problem.
With Tigger, a clear signal that her tummy is fine can be seen in this photo. She is kicked back with her back legs stretched out and is lying full-out on her stomach out in the open. When she starts pulling her legs underneath her and looking like a bunny hen all the time, she is starting to have some issues and doesn’t want to lay on her stomach. Especially if she does that in places where it isn’t easy to reach her, we know she needs some help.
Our key to keeping our bunnies going throughout their ten and half years is keeping a close eye on their behavior, knowing quite well what is and is not normal for them. We have learned to recognize the small changes in their daily activity that can be signals of changes in their health. Since both bunnies are elderly now, we keep a closer watch on them now than we did when they were younger and act more quickly if it seems something isn’t right.
Being able to have more pictures like this makes life so sweet.
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Well I know it means more winter when the groundhog sees his shadow. So what does it mean when a Tigger sees her shadow? Are we about to be hit with winter early in Georgia? It has been cooler than usual for this time of year.
It was cute to see Tigger pause in her rounds in a way that had the light hitting her just right to give her a shadowy twin.
I'm Acorn and not feeling so good ...
We have known Acorn and his mom all of his ten years. He has been a very healthy bunny, but is now sick and needing a number of medications and some extra feedings of Oxbow Critical Care. His mom called today for some advice on how to do the syringe feedings to get more of the food into Acorn.
After talking with Acorn’s mom and emailing her a link, I realized this would be something good to let more people know about. The first thing you may want to try if you need to force feed your rabbit is to see if you can take the force out of the equation. It is always better if the bunny feeds themself. I came across these recipes, http://rabbit.org/care/recipes.html, on the House Rabbit Society website.
They feature pellets ground in a coffee grinder which works if you don’t have access to Oxbow’s Critical Care. If you have the Critical Care for a sick rabbit, use that in place of the ground pellets. The Critical Care is specially formulated to have lots of good stuff to assist rabbits nutritionally who are ill.
I suggested trying the Banana Pellet Balls first to see if Acorn would voluntarily consume his Critical Care which would make things less stressful for everyone. Either the Pellet Balls or the pumpkin mix in a bowl can be offered first to a bunny to see if they will eat without having to be force-fed by syringe. Shadow will sometimes eat a Critical Care mixture on his own but our Princess Tigger never volunteers for anything, ever.
Hoping this helps!
I would call this photo, Tigger gives thanks, for all of us. Over this past month when I have seen the postings for International Rabbit Day for either today or tomorrow, I was wondering if we would reach this weekend and still have two rabbits. Shadow’s allergies moved into a more serious case of Snuffles right before Labor Day. Since both bunnies tend to pass infections back and forth, both were started on the antibiotic Baytril.
After just a few days on Baytril, Tigger’s stomach problems returned and we needed to take her off the Baytril. Shadow finished out his two weeks continuing to improve. Starting earlier this week he has been a bouncier, happier, hungrier bunny than he has been in months. Tigger however throughout this month has continued to have stomach issues. She has been on again off again for appetite and on again off again for us giving her gas meds, pain meds and force feedings of Oxbow’s Critical Care and syringed water.
It has been very frustrating trying different combinations of hay, pellets and greens and having her at times even refuse her favorite treats of banana or dried fruits. It has been exhausting and heartbreaking at times wondering if she was going to pull out of this. She was overweight and we had been trying before this month to adjust her diet to help her to lose the excess weight. Now in one month with her stomach issues, she has dropped about a pound.
There were some bad moments this week when she really seemed hungry, but lacking appetite and exhausted all at the same time. Then we noticed a trend to her eating Kale and having a really bad spell. So even though Tigger loves Kale, we eliminated it on Thursday. Today, it is like we have a new and improved Tigger back. She is bouncing around, getting into everything and eating as if to make up for a month-long starvation diet.
I just hope she doesn’t overdo it all! However, it is a wonderful day and weekend to celebrate that we have two lovely companion rabbits who though elderly are still with us.
Click the image to see all the International Rabbit Day Treasuries by team members
Team members of the Etsy Rabbits team have been working to let everyone on Etsy know about International Rabbit Day. Since celebrations of the day have been listed for either the fourth Saturday / Sunday of September, the team has chosen to make the most of the different dates and we will celebrate on both the 24th and 25th, making it a rabbit day weekend.
Throughout the month of September and especially this coming weekend, team members have been creating wonderful treasuries. These feature the work of team members and many other Etsy shops. They have been finding some fabulous handcrafted bunny rabbits and lovely vintage items too!
Check out the Etsy Rabbits team blog to see mini shots of the treasuries. You can click on those treasury minis to go to the full treasuries and view items of interest. It is a wonderful time to shop and buy gifts for rabbit lovers, splurge on yourself, or even get something for your rabbit. Many team members currently have house rabbits, some are involved in rabbit rescue work and designate a portion or all of sales to be donated to rescue groups. There are shops that have items for rabbits and other pets too.
The blog will be updated with new treasuries as they are posted throughout the weekend, so check back for new finds! If you like a treasury, you can favorite it or Tweet it or like it on Facebook to share with others. Leaving comments, clicking on items in treasuries, and favoriting them can increase the visibility for them. We would love to really up the visibility of rabbits this weekend by having them be really very visible on a huge website like Etsy that has millions of viewers worldwide.
Getting ready to bunny hop big time!
Just a reminder that International Rabbit Day is coming this weekend. Depending on which source you refer to, it is set for the fourth Saturday or Sunday in September which would be the 24th or 25th this year.
Here is one suggestion for whichever day you are observing: “Celebrate this special day with your pet rabbit. Learn a little more about him and how to properly care for his needs. If you don’t have a pet, maybe today is the day to get a pet rabbit! ”
Click here to go to Holiday Insights for more information on the meaning and origin International Rabbit Day.
Hillbilly Internet Headquarters
Okay, I woke up groggy once again this morning with my now usual Benadryl hangover and we are still in the UK according to Etsy. I tried to get on with the business of the day which included lots of work on a website due to go live tomorrow. I was working furiously to get some of the final edits in place and upload the site to the internet.
Right in the middle of the upload, my cable internet service goes out, again. I have lost count of the thousands of times we have lost the internet service over the years we have been with the only business level provider to our area.
I picture the company as having a headquarters like the picture here. Everything about the service seems to be holding together just about as well as this ramshackle shack which is just barely.
Sigh … At least Shadow has come off his Baytril and is bouncing around and has regained a lot of appetite. He seems to be healthier than he has been in months and wants to get into all kinds of things and places. Tigger is still a concern. Her appetite fluctuates widely day-to-day. She regularly has gas issues, no mistaking that skunky smell. She is on again off again for pain and gas meds and feedings of Critical Care based on her activity, eating and comfort level.
I am hoping tomorrow will be a little less crazy than so many days have been this month.
There are some days I cannot decide which is crazier and less consistent, my rabbits or the internet. admittedly, I have been a bit fuzzy headed for a week now as the Ragweed pollen counts have gone way up and I have been walking around in a Benadryl haze. However, I don’t remember moving to the United Kingdom.
That is however where Google now has our Rabbittude Etsy shop showing up, as uk.etsy.com/shop/rabbittude. Dozens of US and Canadian shops on Etsy are reporting that according to Google, they are now in the UK.
Time for more Benadryl and maybe tomorrow I will find out it was just a figment of an allergy induced coma state.
Click on the image above to view the full treasury on Etsy
Here is a lovely prelude to the fresh clean whites of winter in beautiful woodland themes.