Post # 1
I cannot catch a break with my critters. In May, you all were so kind to keep me in your prayers for my lost dog Lucky. This time I need you again for my namesake little bunny. I made the mistake of taking him to a groomer Wednesday. I had grilled them before I took him in, “How much experience do you have with rabbits? What do you do if they fight you?” and was satisfied.
I brought him home and he was a puddle. A rag doll. A limp dish cloth. I gave him a while to come around, but he never did, so I rushed him to the emergency vet. They said he didn’t look very good at all and had him on oxygen and an IV of fluids and they kept him overnight.
Yesterday they called and said he was doing better: he’d become feisty again and pooping and peeing. They said he could go home! They also said to supplement him with Critical Care.
So I picked him up and brought him home. He is more alert, but hes not eating much. A stick of hay here and there, now and then, maybe every few hours. He wont drink water. He wont eat treats or food pellets. He adamantly refuses his Critical Care, and I don’t want to force him and risk cardiac arrest or a broken back.
The shittiest part is that I can’t afford another vet bill. The first visit cost me $450 which I had to put on my already heaving credit card. I had to call the vet and ask what to do with Sheldon now, and they said theyd have the doctor call me back but to prepare for another trip back to the vet. I cant afford this 🙁 The girl told me it wouldnt be near as much, so I’m bankin on that.
I just dont know what else to do for my little bunny. I feel so awful. If I’d never taken him to the groomers, this would never have happened. I feel so stupid and guilty and incredibly depressed.
Post # 3
I had to put my bunny on critical care after he stopped drinking (my fault I hung his water bottle in the wrong spot so he coudn’t get the water out) and so he stomach all clogged up. He wasn’t acting himself wasn’t interested in food etc so I rushed him the vet where they gave him a shot to get his tummy moving again and some fluids and sent me home with the critical care.
He was not interested in eating or drinking So what i did was wrap him in a towel and lay him on his back on my lap, I put the food in a syringe and basically force fed him (and yes it made a mess, I am sure more went on the towel then in his mouth lol). He didn’t love it but didn’t really mind either, he would die if I didn’t so what choice did I have, I did the same thing with water every few hours. I made sure to rub his tummy too to help it get moving. I did this for probably a week or two gradually force feeding/watering him less as he started to eat and drink more on his own. Make sure he gets lots of excersise even though he doesn’t feel well, it will keep his tummy moving.
Do what you have to do to get the water and food into him.
Post # 4
OH NO! I just went through something similar, but not similar with one of our cats… He ate 13 hairties and had to have emergency surgery.. No fun :- .. Hope bunny gets better
Post # 5
@Omgbunnies: ((hugs)) i hope he starts getting better soon and you don’t have to take him back to the e-vet!! poor sheldon. 🙁
Post # 6
@Omgbunnies: Have you tried to feed him veggies, greens, and fruits? That would get water and food in him.
I have two bunnies, and have nearly lost both of them after they got spayed and neutered. Harriet wouldn’t eat or drink anything after surgery. She finally started eating about 15 hours later, but would only eat shredded carrot. She slowly started eating more, then started drinking and was back to normal within 36 hours
Another trick I did was adding about a tbsp of unsweetened applesauce to a couple tbsps of water in a saucer. That was the first thing Harriet and Spencer had to drink after their surgeries. I kept reducing the amount of applesauce and upping the water until it was just plain water. Just get rid of the mix after 15 mins or so, just to be safe. Don’t want it to spoil.
Spencer didn’t eat a thing or drink anything for about 20 hours after he got neutered. He finally ate a banana slice and slowly starting eating and drinking again (after I brought him to the vet for pain meds).
One of the first things they ate after surgery was dandelion greens I picked in the yard.
Please write a review for that groomer warning people not to take their bunnies there.
Post # 7
@Omgbunnies: A FANTASTIC bunny breeder I know currently has a sick bun. She also won’t eat and she curbed it by provided fresh sweet potato – which the bun ate and it has water and nutrients.
I feel you on the bills though: My dog is in hospital post surgery right now and the total cost is undertermined, yet we the pre-op quote was around 80% of one month of my salary (it’s a hectic opeation). We had no choice other that PTS so we went ahead with the surgery, and you can count on the fact that I’ll have to invest intense aftrcare after she comes home. Sucks when these things happen :/
Post # 8
Yay! He finally ate some raisins and drank some water!
Post # 9
The vet is putting him on a prescription of Reglan.
Post # 10
I honestly had no idea that you had to get rabbits groomed. Any rabbits I’ve ever seen have just been in cages and were never actual “pets.” The bee has shown me that some folks actually let the rabbits walk around the house and I really had no clue people did that!
What did the groomer do to cause this to happen? You were very “lucky” with your pup, so I hope this works out too 🙂
Post # 11
Aww, I hope your bunny gets better!
I saw this on Pinterest today. Hope it cheers you up 🙂
Post # 13
@Omgbunnies: What kind of critical care do you have? Plain or Apple Banana? I really hope your bunny is doing better, those little guys can mean the world to us… Will you keep us updated?
Post # 14
@Omgbunnies: I really hope your bunny is getting better. I’ve always noticed your username as I wished I had thought of it – and your pic as it looks so much like my rabbit. She stopped eating a couple of years ago and it was such a horrible and worrying time (thankfully she made a full recovery). I feel that if you say to people ‘my bunny is sick’ they don’t take it as seriously as if you were saying ‘my dog is sick’, even though rabbits can be just as loved and part of the family. Anyway, just wanted to say I know how worrying it is and that I really hope he gets better soon.
Post # 15
Updating! Sheldons doing a lot better. Not totally 100% but like 70%. Hes allowing us to syringe feed him the critical care and his reglan. Hes eating more pellets, too. The little stinker wont drink much water though so I suringe feed him water too. :/ but hes up and about and doing better in that regard!