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Old 10-04-2007, 03:19 AM   #41
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It's actually no different than any other kind of skin removal. But yes, she is so happy that she can groom her sides and butt and all that....Her fur already looks better. I didn't realize how shabby it was from not grooming (we can brush them, but they do they best job).


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Old 10-04-2007, 11:25 AM   #42
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Sounds like she's improving daily! I'm glad she is eating and drinking.

I always put the nutrical on their foot. They have to lick it off and hate it. Pumpkin is good for her - in a little amount. I give Clover some as a treat - maybe 1/2 tsp.


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Old 10-04-2007, 03:09 PM   #43
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Do you think there is any correlation between the size of the dewlap and when they were spayed? I had Sparky and Scooter spayed at 4 and 3 months, respectively; and they both have tiny dewlaps.
From a biological perspective, this totally makes sense. Since only females get the dewlap, its growth must be related to the amount of female hormones circulating in the blood, because the only thing physiologically different between males and females is the types of circulating hormones. More female hormones=more dewlap. So removing the uterus and ovaries (i assume that's what they do during a spay?) would cut off the source of hormones, so the dewlaps would be smaller. I'm sure there are other factors in dewlap size, but because of the gender/hormone relationship, age of spay is likely to contribute a lot.

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Old 10-04-2007, 06:19 PM   #44
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I have two Flemish Does who have dewlaps, but the dewlaps are evenly spread across their chests. My Flemish buck has a small one, but its not a DQ, as it is a trait of the breed.

To think some bunnies actually pay for dewlap augmentation! Just kidding.

I never had heard that it could be a problem for a rabbit. I have been altering the diet of a couple of mine because they developed small ones that DQ'd them for showing.

I am curious, how much did it cost to get a dewlap reduction? Just in case I can't get theirdewlaps reduced by the spring shows.

I hope she is o.k. and getting back to her old self.
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Old 10-04-2007, 10:35 PM   #45
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Such a sweet girl! Is she feeling better today?

Wabbitdad12, surgical corrections are not allowed for show animals. The idea is to judge them on their genetic potential, which is helped by proper care and diet. And besides, it looks like an awfully big surgery to do for just cosmetic reasons. In this case it was necessary because it was causing a big impact on her health. Rabbits that can't groom themselves are susceptible to a lot of other problems, including fly strike.
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Wabbitdad12, the surgery didn't cost me anything. My dad did the surgery (vet, lol) and he does work for the rescue that I volunteer for, so this was a voluntary service.

But for "any other Joe Blow who wants it" (as he put it) it would cost about $150.
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Hey! How's she doing tonight?
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Old 10-05-2007, 02:01 AM   #48
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Naturestee, Pellette is doing FANTASTIC. I can't let her out for exercise (Dad wants enforced confinment because of her incision- he had to enlarge it more than typical because her uterus was stuck to her cecum and colon..part of pyometra...) so she's confined until Saturday or Sunday. But she is SUCH a sweet bunny. And she's so hygenic now!




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Such a sweet girl! Is she feeling better today?

Wabbitdad12, surgical corrections are not allowed for show animals. The idea is to judge them on their genetic potential, which is helped by proper care and diet. And besides, it looks like an awfully big surgery to do for just cosmetic reasons. In this case it was necessary because it was causing a big impact on her health. Rabbits that can't groom themselves are susceptible to a lot of other problems, including fly strike.
I knew that! I have no idea what I was thinking when I responded. I guess it was my insomniataking over logical reasoning and if that doesn't work Hey Iam a guy!

By the way, I NOW HAVE 19 BUNNIES!, a black Flemish doe we bought Sept 15th at a show was PREGNANT! I went into our bunny room to put one a rabbit back into her cage and I saw something about the size of a mouse. My first thought was how did a mouse get into Sweetie's cage, then I noticed it was a kit!
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Old 10-05-2007, 04:08 AM   #50
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Such a sweet girl!¬* Is she feeling better today?

Wabbitdad12, surgical corrections are not allowed for show animals.¬* The idea is to judge them on their genetic potential, which is helped by proper care and diet.¬* And besides, it looks like an awfully big surgery to do for just cosmetic reasons.¬* In this case it was necessary because it was causing a big impact on her health.¬* Rabbits that can't groom themselves are susceptible to a lot of other problems, including fly strike.
I knew that!¬* I have no idea what I was thinking when I responded.¬* I guess it was my insomnia¬*taking over logical reasoning and if that doesn't work Hey Iam a guy!¬*

By the way, I NOW HAVE 19 BUNNIES!, a black Flemish doe we bought Sept 15th at a show was PREGNANT!¬* I went into our bunny room to put one a rabbit back into her cage and I saw something about the size of a mouse.¬* My first thought was how did a mouse get into Sweetie's cage, then I noticed it was a kit!
Omg!! Wabbitdad, are you going to keep the baby(ies) ??


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