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Last Post by Deborah at 4/19/2009 12:18 PM (14 Replies)
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User is Offline Deborah
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4/15/2009 5:34 AM

Hi Everyone,

  I have a 1 year old Dwarf rabbit that just had one stillborn.  I work up this morning to feed her and give her fresh water, thats when I discovered the stillborn. Do I need to give any special attention or give her (Squirt) something different then usual?

I expect that the baby was a stillborn because the buck was much bigger then her. It was not intended for them to mate. They were outside for a while in  the same cage and must have engaged while i was trying to find her a smaller one so this wont happen.

Thank you for your help in Advance, 

    Deborah


User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
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4/15/2009 5:36 AM
Hi Deb
I shouldn't think you'd have to do anything too special. You may want to take her in for a vet exam to make sure there are no other babies that haven't been born and there are no other complications-to be prudent. But it's nature that these things happen sometimes and I'm sure she's not upset or anything. She may seem off for a few days if she's lactating and nothing is nursing. I'd do the vet exam just to make sure everything is good and the vet can probably tell you if she'd need anything else.
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User is Offline Sarita
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4/15/2009 6:38 AM
Hi Deborah, I would take her to the vet as well to make sure there aren't any other complications. A little extra attention never hurts either. You might also talk to the vet as well about getting her spayed so that you don't have to worry about this in the future. Also getting your male neutered. It will make them healthier and better pets (and of course less worry about unexpected pregnancies).

User is Offline KatnipCrzy
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4/15/2009 7:06 AM

Did the stillborn baby look fully formed (though I know it could be hard to tell)?  The concern with mating a much larger male to a female is not the the babies will be born alive but that the babies will be small enough to be able to pass thru the mothers birth canal.   If a pet is in labor long enough and unable to pass a baby, eventually their labor will stop due to the muscles being exhausted- and that is very dangerous as the babies will die inside Momma bunny. 

I would not consider having just one baby to be a normal pregnancy for a rabbit- I would recommend taking her to the vet- they might want to do an x-ray to see if she has any babies left inside her and how large their skulls look and find out their best opinion on if they think she will be able to deliver them.  Skulls and spines only show on an x-ray in advanced pregnancy- but if she was far enough along to have a stillborn- I am assuming any other babies would show on an x-ray. 

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User is Offline Deborah
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4/15/2009 7:42 AM

Yes the baby looked fully formed. There were ears, both front and back paws, tail, nose, unopened eyes. I could feel the spine.

Thank you to all. I will make sure to take her to the vet and get her checked out.


User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
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4/15/2009 11:12 AM
Good to hear! CUTE picture!!
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User is Offline Sarita
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4/15/2009 11:13 AM
OH what a cute pair! Do make sure you speak to the vet about spaying and neutering too.

User is Offline Deborah
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4/15/2009 12:43 PM
thanks i will. thoses are my babies. The white one Mr.Winters and the black & white one Squirt!

User is Offline skunklionshow
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4/15/2009 2:29 PM

Your bunnies are super cute!  Is that the unspeutered pair?  I can't imagine having an unspeutered couple together....that was NEVER a good thing in my bunny househould!

I ditto katnip....just to make sure that nothing is left inside her.  Let us know.  So cute...I could just squish them...not really...

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User is Offline Deborah
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4/16/2009 11:45 AM
yes this is the unspeutered pair. They have separate cages and i ususal let them out separatly to spend sometime with them or together when all the cats are out so i know nothing happens. the only reason the whole thing happened was because i left them unattented in a outside cage to find the little one a differnt cage. oops!

User is Offline MooBunnay
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4/18/2009 12:10 PM
Uh oh Well, seeing the size of Squirt I can see how she could probably have squirmed into any cage she wants too! I'm glad you are taking her to the vet, I agree that one baby would be an unusually small litter for a bunny mom.

User is Offline KytKattin
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4/18/2009 1:10 PM
Debfet, I think you have a Polish rabbit, not a dwarf. She looks a lot like my Polish, and her ears look too big for a Dwarf. Since she is so small, her breed (for either Polish or Dwarf) will likely only have 3 babies at the very most. 1 or 2 is defiantly not uncommon, especially if the buck was larger than the doe. In fact, it was about a year ago around this time that my Polish miscarried two babies, though I really can only guess that the father was another Polish.
Squirt looks like she could be Nova's sister!

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User is Offline MooBunnay
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4/18/2009 2:21 PM
Those little bunnies are so cute! Thanks for the info. on polish having less babies, I am not very familiar with baby bunnies. Squirt and Nova are definitely long lost cousins

User is Offline bunnytowne
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4/19/2009 10:12 AM

yes the small dwarf and poland usually have 2 babies.  OR even one.

Also the danger of a peanut being born is higher if both carry the double dwarf gene.  The peanut will die  as it is not fully formed inside with the intestines and stuff.

A peanut has a huge head compared to the rest of the body and really short front legs too.

Of course as you will do I would take her to the vet also to be sure only 1 was in there.  I just love tiny bunnies.  Dwarfs lionhead.  polish...

those little faces and ears.

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User is Offline Deborah
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4/19/2009 12:18 PM
lostbutnotforgot our bunnies do look alike even like twins. Thank you for that information i thought it was a dwart because of what the pet store told me. the vet said she was fine and everything was normal. thanks everyone
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