(Closed) My new LOP Fur Baby

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Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Awwww! We have two lionhead rabbits (they’re really DHs pets…they’ve always hated me) that are about 10 years old right now and they have brought him so much joy. You’ve gotten tons of good advice regarding litter box training and diet, so I’ll just add that bunnies need a lot more care and attention than most people assume. If he doesn’t have a buddy you really need to make sure that you interact with him and give him lots of attention otherwise they can get depressed (I’m not kidding here) and they start to deteriorate.

Just for good measure, here’s an old pic of DH with Delilah (I don’t have one of Samson) in her Santa suit πŸ™‚

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Here are ours!! We have a boy dwarf lop and his girlfriend is a Dutch (Both neutered). They are house bunnies but are confined to our utility room when unsupervised due to excessive chewing of things they shouldn’t be chewing! Unfortunately our boy has a brain parasite (common in rabbits) which affects his head (he’s got a constant tilt now) and makes him a bit wobbly. He’s been treated but apparently can come back so our job is to provide him with a stress free environment!

Make sure to get yours vaccinated even if he’s a house bun as your dog can bring nastys into the house-we lost 2 8 week old bunnies to mixy after they picked it up at their mums home which must have been transferred from their cat πŸ™

but enjoy him!!!! Bunnies can be taught all sorts of tricks, search google for ideas!!!

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Such cute bunnies!!!

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@Corgi-cariad:  I have a feeling we would be friends…Corgis and bunnies?!

Our little Delilah is starting to suffer from some tilt as well, but a combination of antibiotics and anti-parasite meds seems to have helped quite a bit. We don’t know if it was a parasite or an ear infection so out vet opted to just treat both. Both of them are 10 years old now so we’re expecting some health issues, but it still breaks my heart πŸ™

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@MrsCarnival:   The perfect combo!! Is that your corgi in your pic? Cardigan or a tri-Pembroke? 10 year old bunnies-you are doing exceptionally well!!! 

Yeah initially we thought (hoped) it was an ear infection but he lost weight, lost a lot of use of his back legs, couldn’t clean (I was bathing his rump-end daily) and the vet was almost 100% it was E.Cuniculi. We had a wormer for both of the buns (probably both are now carriers but it is stress that brings on the symptoms) and made sure his space was always quiet and relaxed (something our corgi couldn’t understand but had to deal with!) and he seems to be on the mend! His tilt is nearly gone but he’s no longer house trained (I think he tries but just can’t get there in time) so we spend a lot of time with the carpet cleaner, but it’s just nice to still have him around.

All through his ordeal his girl didn’t leave his side which I think is just the sweetest thing!!!! Bunny love is the best love πŸ™‚

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@Corgi-cariad:  Yep! That’s my tri-color Pembroke when she was just a wee little pup πŸ™‚

We are lucky to still have bunnies going strong at 10 years, but I have a sinking feeling it may not last much longer. I was certain that Samson would first (he is blind in both eyes now but still gets around really well) because he’s always been a little more frail, so it was shocking when Delilah got sick. We can’t say for certain if it was an ear infection or the E. Cuniculi since we treated for both, but she bounced back fairly well. I suspect the remnant of her tilt will be permanent due to her age, but she’s considerably better off than she was and it’s comforting to know that she’s not in any pain. Much of her energy has come back and I’ve noticed that she just moves a little more deliberately now to avoid the dizziness that sometimes comes with a tilt.

Blind little Samson never left her side the entire time she was ill either…it was so sweet! Glad to hear your little dude is on the mend πŸ™‚

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee

I hate that pet stores sell any type of animal, especially rabbits. Grrrr. Anyway, I have had four rabbits. I had to find one of them a new home bc my other two were ganging up on her. One of my bunnies died of old age. I have two bunnies right now, Harriet and Spencer.

Rabbits are generally very destructive. My bunnies love chewing cords, cables, fabric, the corners of walls, the hem of my pants, the shoes I’m wearing, furniture legs etc. I have to rabbit proof everything. They let poop fall out of their butts as they’re hopping around. They are quirky pets.

RABBITS CANNOT BE TREATED LIKE CATS OR DOGS. They cannot receive the same flea treatments, anesthetics, pain killers etc. I use an all natural flea treatment called diatomaceous Earth. It took a few days to clear the fleas up and cost $5 for a lb. I got it on ebay. I sprinkled it on the bunnies and rubbed it into the fur on their backs a couple times a day.

I am curious, why did it cost $400? I think that’s great since they usually cost $30 which opens the door to impulse buys. Next thing you know, the poor bunny is on Craigslist…

 

Here are Harriet, and Spencer. Spencer is my albino bun.

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee

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@MissBling:  

No, albino bunnies are fine. They are actually typically less desirable than other buns. It’s good that you adopted an albino bun. I know a former rabbit breeder and she used to sell the albino ones very cheap to the pet store and if they didn’t sell, they became snake food πŸ™ My bunny Spencer was being sold as snake food until I bought him and gave him a home.

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee

@MissBling:  

I was a little freaked out by Spencer’s red eyes at first, but then I started thinking he is adorable. Good thing I didn’t see him when he was shedding, lol. He looks like he’s dying when he sheds. Check it out. Scary.

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee

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@MissBling:  

Haha, yes, this is normal. The poor fella. Make sure you brush your mini lop every day to prevent hairballs. They can’t vomit and hairballs can kill them or require surgery to be removed.

Post # 30
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Bumble bee

So cute! I loled at “lets go eat and get your lop bunny thing” haha. I always wanted a bunny when I was little, I asked for one every year from the Easter Bunny but my mom would always say “no they poop everywhere!”. I still haven’t gotten a bunny, but I have two cats and two gerbils, so I think I can hold off. πŸ˜‰

Post # 31
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Bumble bee

Aww he’s adorable!! Congrats!!

I used to have a bunny… my brother got him when he was younger (I think he was 11) because he went to Petland with friends and fell in love with him. Then my parents moved and my mom didn’t want him in their new house so he became mine! I had him for almost 2 years before he died. I was heartbroken!! He was such an amazing little bunny. His name was Peter.

I don’t have any pictures of him on my phone though so I can’t post any

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