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I’ve not been on the forum for a while as I’m a bit overloaded with work / cleaning / laundry, but both buns are part-way through their oral ringworm treatment.

Poor Lady-Locks had a respiratory infection (as I initially suspected) so was on antibiotics for a week and that knocked out all her good bacteria and the ringworm just flourished 😭.

We have 4 days treatment left and this is how she’s looking

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My feeling is that they may extend the treatment, but let’s see on Monday.

She also urgently needs a spay as her uterus is enlarged for some reason. But the vet said that could indicate another problem and also be why her immune system is not taking care of the ringworm itself. It’s too risky to spay her all the time there’s an indication her immune system is low.

So she’s in a bit of a pickle, but happy and eating and drinking loads (she’s such a good hay eater, loves it). But she just wants to snuggle with her boy and she can’t yet, so that makes me sad.

Rufus had his neuter about 10 days ago which went well. He had a tiny patch of ringworm behind his ear, which is clearing up well. He’s getting so big now and loves a cuddle 🥰


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I let them out for a run around at different times, which does then mean a lot of cleaning and disinfecting and washing blankets and clothes, on top of an intense full-time job, so I’m tired and can’t wait for this process to be over frankly. Ringworm is a pain!
 

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I hope that Lady-Locks gets better soon and nothing more serious is happening.😬 They are both so cute and it sounds like it is a bit of a hassle trying to look after them but it sounds like you are doing an amazing job! I hope you can stay sane!😆
 

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Well… Rufus’s ringworm is definitely lingering apparently. And they didn’t do a full check on Lady because the vet is more concerned about the upper respiratory infection she still appears to have, but need to assume her ringworm is not totally cleared up.

Both received a first dose of a ringworm vaccine, the next is in 2 weeks. Lady’s back on antibiotics for another 10 days. And I’m still spending my evenings disinfecting for the foreseeable.

So far I’ve spent around $475 and feel we’re no further forward 😖😭
 

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Well… Rufus’s ringworm is definitely lingering apparently. And they didn’t do a full check on Lady because the vet is more concerned about the upper respiratory infection she still appears to have, but need to assume her ringworm is not totally cleared up.

Both received a first dose of a ringworm vaccine, the next is in 2 weeks. Lady’s back on antibiotics for another 10 days. And I’m still spending my evenings disinfecting for the foreseeable.

So far I’ve spent around $475 and feel we’re no further forward 😖😭
When you say disinfecting each evening, do you mean disinfecting the environment to prevent further ringworm? If so, a part of me wonders if that is moot effort. I'm not a vet nor fungal expert, but my understanding from speaking to my vet when one of my rabbits had ringworm is that the spores can really live anywhere and cleaning every nook and cranny thoroughly enough is a very difficult to impossible task. It probably doesn't hurt to disinfect everything, but I am unsure if it is incrementally beneficial to exhaust yourself each evening with the task, if you are!
 

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When you say disinfecting each evening, do you mean disinfecting the environment to prevent further ringworm? If so, a part of me wonders if that is moot effort. I'm not a vet nor fungal expert, but my understanding from speaking to my vet when one of my rabbits had ringworm is that the spores can really live anywhere and cleaning every nook and cranny thoroughly enough is a very difficult to impossible task. It probably doesn't hurt to disinfect everything, but I am unsure if it is incrementally beneficial to exhaust yourself each evening with the task, if you are!
Thank you 😊 That’s exactly why I’m doing it. The vet asked me about how I’m keeping their environment and I said that I’m pretty much obsessively cleaning. She said “that’s great” 😢 haha.

I guess I figured that a bit of short term extra effort from me for a couple of weeks would at least put my mind at rest that I’d done all I can. But I am perhaps going a bit overboard 🤷‍♀️
 

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Lady’s fur is looking fantastic and she’s becoming such a confident, cheeky, mischievous little thing 🥰. I’m really hoping she’ll be given a clean bill of health at our next vet visit.

In the meantime, I have another addition to the house. I won’t post the photo as it is too distressing, but this little one was pictured laying next to his dead companion in a park on Thursday. It was only 15 mins from my house, so I drove there as soon as I could to pick him up.

I spoke to another lady in the park and she said there were 3 at one point. I could not see signs of another, so the other must have passed away too. It is around 45c during the day here at the moment.

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He / she (not sure yet) is eating and drinking well, but has patches of fur missing on his rear paws. I’m unable to touch him to check the rest of his fur as he is completely terrified still.

I feel so sad for him. He is too scared to come out for long and spends most of his time in his hidey-house. He has been through such an ordeal and must be grieving the loss of his partner.

A trip to the vet will be needed soon, but I’m reluctant to stress him just yet as he’s in a very delicate place.

I’m hoping someone else will come forward to foster him, who can offer a nicer space than a bathroom, which is all I can give right now. Someone did offer, but that appears to have fallen through 😔

Any advice on what I can do to for his mental well-being would be appreciated 🙏
 

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Poor little bub. I imagine helping settle his nervousness would just be the same as what you would do for any new skittish rabbit. Sitting quietly with them, doing your own thing until they get brave enough to approach you.

That's great Lady's healing well!
 

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Poor baby! S/he looks such a mess and so sad! I can't really help with anything but I hope s/he will warm up to you soon and be able to find comfort in you.❤
 

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Little Shaunna (after Shaun the Sheep because of her fur) has discovered that being stroked feels really good and we’ve had some binkies and zoomies this week.

She lovesss being brushed, she’ll fall asleep if I get going with a grooming mit. She seems to be covered in some sticky substance though - I brush or comb her fur, it goes all fluffy and then sticks together again a couple of hours later 🤷‍♀️

Her vet check went well, no obvious issues. Just need to keep building her confidence and put a bit of weight on her. But I can tell she feels safe and happy now ♥14E5C662-95C6-4BEA-B17A-74DE595EF64C.jpeg
 

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Sweet girl!! I'm glad she seems to be relaxing and is happy enough to be doing some binkies!!! Here's hoping she continues to do well and put on some weight!

I love her name! If she is part sheep, the lanolin is what's making it clump up like that! 🤣 🤣 🤣

It melts my heart when these fosters finally get some joy in their lives! And when they get a name. It may not mean anything to them, but to me, it's a declaration of importance we make about our animals by giving them a name. And I think one of the sweetest things someone can do is tell them they're important! ☺☺☺
 

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She rarely gets called by her full name, I always call her Shaun haha. She was supposed to be a boy 😂

I try to give them names based on their personality or characteristics, so I like to get to know them a bit first. Noah means “peace” and that fitted him perfectly because he’s such a calm little boy. Rufus means “red-haired” and suits his mischievous little ways too haha. And Lady is just beautiful, elegant and immaculate (now the ringworm is gone 🙌🏻) so once she stops peeing all over my room that will match her too 😂
 

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I saw this litter box idea from Daiso on one of the Lennon the Bunny videos and it’s absolutely perfect for him. It’s actually a paper storage box. His rear legs are quite weak, so it’s low enough at the front to encourage him to hop in, but the sides are high enough to keep everything in. I’ve not had to clean up any pee at all today 🙌🏻 he’s such a good boy

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Couple of extra pictures, just because he’s so handsome 😌
He is very handsome for sure
 

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Little Lady had her spay yesterday, which went well, but she’s really been struggling since coming home 😞

I was up every couple of hours in the night trying to encourage her to eat just a little, but she would only have a few bites of herbs or a nibble on a hay cube.

I tried to give her her pain meds at 6am, but she became extremely distressed. She hates being handled anyway and freaks out at a syringe, even if it’s filled with something nice. She kept trying to hop away, so I had to put her on the countertop and she was very squirmy, so I really hope I didn’t pop her stitches or anything. I dare not try to check at the moment because she’ll get agitated.

I’m not even sure they worked / I got any into her, she seems so uncomfortable 😔. No poops yet, but I’m making sure she eats a little every hour and she’s been eating a little on her own.

Hoping she’ll start to feel better soon.
 

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I had that problem with a bun that got neutered. He would only eat a little bit of greens every time I offered, for the next 2 days. So I just kept offering and he kept eating a little each time. Enough altogether that I didn't have to start syringe feeding.

With the meds, next time you could maybe try putting it on her herbs, if she's eating enough of it for her to get the meds in that way. Or throw a towel over and bundle her up so she can't struggle when you administer them. It can be a really hard thing to accomplish with a noncompliant rabbit that's just had surgery.
 

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Yeah, I’m not sure how syringe feeding would have gone down with her, it would have been a disaster, so pleased I’ve been able to avoid it so far. I tried wrapping her in a towel, but she struggled so much i had to give up on that. She’s always been a very nervous bun, she got very anxious when I just tried to put an extra blanket next to her to keep her warm last night.

I’m hoping she’ll be eating enough later that I can disguise her antibiotics in her food. She’ll only eat mint and hay at the moment.

We’ve had some poops now, so that’s good news :)
 

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Following. Hooray for new poo's @HalaBuns . Lots of love being sent to your girl recovering from Ovariohysterectomy. For all of our spayed females, their recovery time took a little while.

When our boy went thru a cecum gas concern about a month ago (fyi: he also has an inoperable kidney stone), I would encourage him to eat hay but placing a long oat hay strand or his fave hay strands in front of his nose or slip into his mouth via side teeth opening.

It is a JOY to see marbles being made! ~ Hugs and loving words to Little Lady.
 

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Aww thank you! She’s doing great and a bit brighter, but still feeling very sorry for herself.

I still don’t really know the best way to get her meds into her without making her super stressed. She is only interested in eating oat hay (which is amazing) and will reluctantly munch on some mint if I tease her with it / hand-feed it to her, but refuses everything else. I tried mashing her antibiotics with banana, which she usually laps up, but she wouldn’t go near it yesterday.

I’m so scared to try to handle her because she’s so nervous and will certainly struggle. Putting a towel over her will make her jump from under it. When I tried before, I couldn’t even get a hand near her afterwards. And the countertop experience was a mess.

Think I’ll just need to try tiny amounts on mint leaves and hope she doesn’t notice!
 

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