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    Unneutered male with neutered male...any words of encouragement?

    I have a very unique situation with my buns. I’ve talked about my lionhead Pika on this forum quite a bit. I’ve had him since he was 5 weeks old. He has a non-fatal but relatively severe congenital heart defect, which makes it unsafe to perform any surgery. He is now a little over 2 years old...
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    Annabelle passed away at the vet

    Sorry to hear about your bun. I know that bloat can have similar symptoms to GI stasis and kill very fast if the stomach/intestines explode or get infected. Had similar happen to a bun who wasn’t eating right for several weeks. Turns out she had chronic liver failure that wasn’t noticed during...
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    What will happen if my bunny has had too much sugar?

    Dried fruits like raisins, craisins, banana, papaya, and mango are fine for bunnies. They should be given in very small amounts, but they’re a good treat. I usually stick to about 1/4 to 1/2 tsp per ~5 lb of rabbit. If your bun had more than that, she probably won’t have any lasting effects. In...
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    Eye issue in almost 6 month old rabbit

    I had a rabbit who went blind due to cataracts from e. Cuniculi. She eventually had paralysis and head tilt as well, but our vet actually said that’s not common. If she’s eating well and running around, and you have her on meds for EC, she’ll probably be in good shape. It can take time for eye...
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    3rd eyelid problem

    These are signs that she may have something going on in her lungs or throat. Bulging eyes or eyelids can be caused by a tumor or abscess pressing on vessels in the neck/chest area, particularly thymomas. I suggest you take her in to the vet for an exam as soon as possible. Hope it’s nothing too...
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    When can I let my Bun be more active after surgery?

    I was told to keep my male in a cage for 7 days after his neuter, and away from other animals for 2 weeks. For a major abdominal surgery, I’d definitely let him heal for at least a week, or maybe longer if his stitches were still healing. It would be a good idea to call the vet and see what...
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    Molting?? Anything I need to know?

    I’ve had a couple heavy shedders. My best advice would be to wrap her in a towel or teach her to be OK with being held, then use a soft fine-bristle brush. Giving her a special treat like banana will help reinforce that it’s a good thing :) I normally brush mine once or twice during the course...
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    NEARLY BLIND BUNNY

    I had a bunny go blind due to cataracts from e. cuniculi. As the others mentioned, bunnies do very well being blind. My girl had a long term bonded friend, so she mostly followed him around. She would sometimes need to be picked up and put near food so that she’d get her portion. We also made...
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    Noisy breathing & weight loss - anyone dealt with this?

    Thank you! He’s a very good boy. Feisty but gorgeous and well behaved! I need to post pictures of all my buns. I also have a very rounded big white Rex. Been keeping bunnies for most of my life. The tiny puffball bunnies are my soft spot. :)
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    Noisy breathing & weight loss - anyone dealt with this?

    Thought I’d update this thread for anyone interested: Pika has two defects in his heart. The first defect is a hole between the right and left ventricles, which causes non-oxygenated blood to flow to his left heart. This causes the issues with irregular noisy breathing. The weight loss is...
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    How much is a neuter in your area?

    Cost me about $120 for the surgery, 4 days of pain meds, pre-neuter health screen, and 1 day of hospital care when I got it done for my male a couple years back.
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    GI Stasis Causes

    Yep, it’s very common for it to start with no apparent cause. Sometimes it can be traced back to a change in diet or environmental stress, but it’s not unusual for there to be no cause. GI stasis can be caused by a bacterial imbalance or slowdown in the gut due to too much sugar, so limiting...
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    first GI stasis...

    I’ve dealt with GI stasis 3 times. Twice were spontaneous, and once was related to a chronic disease. For the spontaneous cases, recovery did take a number of days. Ups and downs over the course of a week or so. If you got Critical Care and gut motility meds, you’re on the right track! GI stasis...
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    Noisy breathing & weight loss - anyone dealt with this?

    Thanks for the advice. I read the articles and that made me feel a bit better. Looks like it is possibly a tooth issue also, based on symptoms - I’ve read that dwarves are very prone to them. Good to hear that chronic heart problems are treatable though - I figure he’s in a good position since...
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    Noisy breathing & weight loss - anyone dealt with this?

    Hi folks, I have a 2 year old purebred lion head rabbit named Pika. I have had him since he was 5 weeks old. When he was 4 months old, we took him in to be neutered and discovered he had a heart murmur. We were offered an EKG, but since he was not experiencing any problems at the time, we came...
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