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    Pet Rabbit Health Information Survey

    Volunteers are needed to fill out a Pet Rabbit Health Information Survey. Debby Widolf (former manager of Rabbits at Best Friends) and I have joined forces again in order to promote this survey, which I designed with input from veterinarians, shelter/rescue workers, and others involved in rabbit...
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    Symptoms of Gastrointestinal Disorders

    As an addition to my post (I had thought that Admin was going to post her observations on this subject, but perhaps misunderstood. Anyway, I think her observations were valuable, so will mention some of them here.) "Pipp" has noticed that rabbits with acute bloat often present in the loaf...
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    Bunny not eating cecotropes

    According to some studies, rabbits that are fed a concentrate food (pellets) may not eat as many cecotrophs, simply becuase they are receiving all the nutrition they need in the food. Rabbits often have an instinct to tell them when they need certain nutrients. It probably would not hurt to...
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    RESOLVED: Neutered male Dutch bunny - foster looking for home :)!

    Sawyer is a real charmer. The more comfortable he feels here, the more affectionate and playful he is. He likes to jump up on my couch and lick me and throws things around (like my camera when I was trying to take pictures). Maybe if I move down closer to your area you coudl stop and see him...
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    Nummy has a kidney stone and it will likely take his life.

    I have done bicillin injections for two rabbits with abscesses and had success - the abscesses cleared up and never recurred. However, it is important to follow the protocol; I gave the sub-Q injections every day for three days and then every other day for 6 weeks. If the number of sub-Q...
  6. Special Care book cover

    Special Care book cover

    Special Care book cover
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    RESOLVED: Neutered male Dutch bunny - foster looking for home :)!

    Since Sawyer's adoption story began here I thought I shoudl post a couple of pictures of him in his new home. I think for a couple of days he was rather overwhelmed by the new scents and sounds, but then he dicided that not only did he fit in but that he would take over! He tells the other...
  8. Sawyer taking a nap

    Sawyer taking a nap

    Sawyer taking a nap
  9. Sawyer in new home

    Sawyer in new home

    Sawyer in new home
  10. Sawyer relaxing a moment

    Sawyer relaxing a moment

    Sawyer relaxing a moment
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    Uneaten Cecotropes?

    Don't worry about your rabbit not consuming all the cecotrophs: according to some studies that have been done, rabbits that get complete nutrition in their diets do not consume as many of their cecotrophs. (The cecotrophs are a way to get more nutriiton from their food, and they seem to know...
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    Hay Eating

    How very like a rabbit! I liked ZRabbits idea of the paper bag - if you ever get this figured out I would love to have your permission to include this story in a future edition of one of my books.
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    No eating, pooping or peeing

    It would be a good idea to look for the aloe vera and give Evonne's mixture even though there are a few hard poops. In fact, if you cannot find the aloe vera I think it might be a good idea even to give the pineapple and olive oil without the aloe vera. Any gut slowdown is a serious condiiton...
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    No eating, pooping or peeing

    Re the ability of the rabbit digestive system to handle olive oil: unsaturated plant oils are highly digestible by rabbits. Most of the breakdown and absorption of fats occurs in the small intestine, and the presence of fat is needed for the absorption of several vitamins and for the production...
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    of fleas and tapeworms

    Dipylidium could be carried in fleas on the mice. Again, your solution probably needs to be in getting rid of the mice in a manner that is safe to your rabbit, and in keeping the environment clean. Maybe someone else will have some suggestions on rabbit-safe ways to remove fleas from the...