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Old 09-20-2017, 06:03 PM   #11
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Rabbits are quite sensitive to pain and tend to stop eating or not insist with the food when they are uncomfortable (I know a rabbit who went into stasis because he had bumped his tooth while jumping from the sofa and had a small bruise on his gum ^^'). I second the metacam / critical care / softened pellets recommendation until your bunny is healed - rabbits weaken really quickly when they don't eat enough so it's important to keep her stomach full and the poops going. You say your rabbit hasn't been eating her hay well for a while. Was it from the same bag? Did you try another kind of hay or even another brand? It might just not be very good or not to her taste. Rabbits are often super picky with hay. Mine regularly refuse to eat it, sometimes they dislike 2 or 3 bags in a row from their regular brand (probably from the same batch though) and I have to switch or mix with another bag or second crop to make them. As they grow older, their stomaches are also a lot more sensitive so the hay thing is a constant struggle.


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Old 09-20-2017, 10:14 PM   #12
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So good news, Garnet finished all her pellets while I was at school. She decided also to sneak in a few more by eating any I dropped. Still won't eat her hay though, it might be because the hay's been in her litter box for a while, so I'll clean it out and add fresh new hay. I'll ask about metacam on Friday when we go back, I don't want her to be in pain.


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Old 09-22-2017, 08:24 PM   #13
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So we came back from the vet, and he says that the abscess has decreased tremendously from the last visit from the cleaning. It turns out the penicillin lasts 3-7 days, and she didn't need it this appointment, so we go back in four days to see if she does need another shot of it.
The abscess is pretty flat now, and she didn't finish her pellets last night, but seeing as how it took her a bit to finish it while I was at school, I leave it for a bit. If she doesn't finish it, then I'll add the warm water to it.
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Old 09-24-2017, 01:15 AM   #14
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wrap her very securely in a blanket. You want it to heal from the inside out.
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Old 09-24-2017, 05:22 AM   #15
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I'm new to this group but I just recently got my bunny and just the other day one ear sticks straight out and the other straight u. Is this normal? She is 6 weeks old.
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Old 09-24-2017, 10:14 AM   #16
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So good news, Garnet finished all her pellets while I was at school. She decided also to sneak in a few more by eating any I dropped. Still won't eat her hay though, it might be because the hay's been in her litter box for a while, so I'll clean it out and add fresh new hay. I'll ask about metacam on Friday when we go back, I don't want her to be in pain.
Just to be clear on this, fresh hay has to be given several times a day. Even if there is still left over from the last time - if the rabbit left it sit for more than a few hours, he won't eat it ever, he'd rather starve.
Also, it sounds like you are giving a lot too much pellets. How much are you giving? Because if your rabbit has pellets all day, it's no wonder she's not eating her hay.
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Old 09-24-2017, 11:35 PM   #17
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Just to be clear on this, fresh hay has to be given several times a day. Even if there is still left over from the last time - if the rabbit left it sit for more than a few hours, he won't eat it ever, he'd rather starve.
Also, it sounds like you are giving a lot too much pellets. How much are you giving? Because if your rabbit has pellets all day, it's no wonder she's not eating her hay.
I forgot to give fresh hay at that point in the day, which explains why she wasn't eating it. I do indeed give her fresh hay multiple times throughout the day, and she only gets a cup of pellets a day, later at night.
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Old 10-07-2017, 01:18 PM   #18
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Rabbits eat hay with a strong grinding motion from their molars, this is why hay is important, it grinds down their back teeth. Pellets and other foods don't need as much grinding - which is why a diet too heavy on pellets can create dental problems. Your bunny not eating hay AND having a mystery abscess is a concern. It is possible that the abscess has formed due to a problem with molars, which the vet will probably not be able to see well just by looking in her mouth. So I second the comment about getting an x-ray. It may be that the grinding of eating hay is just too sore for her, due to molar pain. If that's true, the abscess will keep coming back until the tooth is removed.
I am also a little concerned that your vet may not be that experienced with rabbits. Generally, you would expect a course of penicillin, and some pain relief, not just one shot.

I don't mean to scare you, but if you look at the thread i've started, you will see just how dangerous dental problems can be. Please get an x-ray, or you might end up in a cycle of abscesses or worse.
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Old 10-07-2017, 01:28 PM   #19
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And chappy, that sounds normal to me, they can be like that when they are young, as they are still growing. They should fall into position soon. However, if you are concerned about something in future, i suggest you start a new thread, as your comment might get lost in an unrelated one, and don't want you to think we don't care!


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