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    Trimmed Nails Now Bleeding

    Obviously you want to avoid this if you possibly can,but look on it as a lesson,and be more careful next time.I don't think a rabbit ever died from it,although it can look a bit messy.I always have a styptic pencil on hand,or a damp teabag when i'm trimming nails.Not the end of the world but...
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    Rabbits pushing

    In my humble experience,with several rabbits,this is usually a sign that they just want to touch base with you and show they love and accept you as part of their family and world.sometimes it can be very gentle and sometimes quite hard,but the meaning is still the same.think of it like two...
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    How to tell the difference between teeth grinding and purring

    Yet another sensible question,congratulations.never be afraid to ask what might be obvious because it sometimes isn't,and in the case of tooth grinding it's very confusing at times and also,of course,varies from one animal to another.the advice above is great,in trems of taking other factors...
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    Eating Lettuce

    Lettuce is always a controversial subject,and since I also keep tortoises,I know the risks of feeding it ad lib to them because in general it has had a bad press for a long time.It's true that most varieties are very low in calories,and some lack vital micro nutrients,but romaine and some others...
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    Gut bacteria and antibiotics

    Your question is a very sensible and well thought out one.Whether it's in humans or animals,antibiotics do kill of friendly gut flora as well as harmful ones,and you're right to consider this.I got some acidophillus capsules from my health Store,and gave them(at a sensible dosage rate of...
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    would a bonded pair of rabbits get along with a guinea pig?

    As others have pointed it,it isn't a good idea to keep them together,not because of fighting or behavioural problems,but simply thatit's so easy for the rabbit to unintentionally break the cavy's ribs or do other injuries.I'm old enough to remember when,during the 1950 and 60's,and even later, a...
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    Sudden loose poo

    This is always a dificult one to answer with a glib,simple answer,as the comments above quite rightly point out,the cause is often food(but of course can be infections,parasites etc).I have found through personal experience,that one of my pair of rabbits tends to have soft poops more often and...
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    Whining noises during sleep

    If there are no obvious respiratory problems normally and he seems fine in every other respect,i wouldn't worry.Just keep an eye on him.My male,Robbie does it all the time when he's asleep or dozing,and while it alrmed me at first,it quickly became obvuious that he's just happy,relaxed and...
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    Rabbit circling me

    Thanks for those kind words-I meant them very sincerely.It is beyond me how any thinking person can believe that any animal isn't capable of feeling in relation to its environment,love,fear,pleasure etc. I took part a while ago in an online event with animal communicator Susie Shiner,and...
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    Rabbit circling me

    You are very lucky and don't ever take it for granted! He obviously loves you very much,and with this comes an obligation,which we all feel towards our animals,never to consciously let them down or betray that trust.Sometimes it's a burden when you're busy or not feeling great,and easy to forget...
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    How to Keep Bun Warm if He Hates Bedding

    My pair of rabbits live outside in a two storey ,large hutch which is off the ground,insulated all round,including below,and has waterproof material on all side,with a removable silvered heat shield for night time and a drop down waterproof material front cover. Draughts are the main enemy,along...
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    Homemade activity centre.

    Thanks for the message and glad you like it.Some tentative interest so far but early days and they do take time to get used to new things,as we all know!I put it in to show what you can do when you think outside the box and reuse items which were made for something else-if it's free it's always...
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    Homemade activity centre.

    Hi there, I just thought someone might be interested in the idea i had for a homemade activity centre for rabbits.Obviously there are many ways one can do this,and I'm not saying that this is any better than anyone elese's but thought it might be food for thought.On one of my walks I came across...
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    Bonded bunnies humping

    While all the comments regarding potential illness,hormone imbalances,weather triggers etc, are probably absolutely correct,i can only comment by my experience with my pair of rabbits at present,and others I have had.All have been neutered,thankfully without problems,and all very closely bonded...
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    Triple vacination

    This is one of those 'damned if you do and damned if you don't situations,which i can sympathise with.One of my rabbits is due for her vaccinations in January,and it will likely be the three in one rather than the two,sperated by a few weeks.Vaccines are not always totally safe,either for...
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