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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > RAINBOW BRIDGE > Mops died of woolblock
Last Post by cactuspancake at 10/18/2010 6:32 PM (58 Replies)
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User is Offline Petzy
Northern AB Canada
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8/26/2010 6:55 AM

Two nights ago, I came to bring my four bonded rabbits inside for the night like I always do. I noticed Mops was not eating when I fed them their dinner but I thought he was just waiting for me to leave because I had just carried him in and he hated being picked up. I thought he was just showing disapproval or somehing. I checked later, around midnight, and  he was moving around, doing routines, but not taking food. In the morning he had this look to him as if he had a gas episode. So I took the steps to deal with that, ovol and massages on his abdomen, and I separated him from the others to see if he would improve. Those measures usually work within about six hours with Mops. But they did not work. Mops was not passing anything, not even liquid. He started to refuse water from a syringe, too, he would just let it trickle out of his mouth. I knew it was bad. I went to the vet but he was on a farm call so I waited. By the time I saw the vet, Mops had collapsed and the spot in his abdomen that I in the morning I thought to be gas, was even bigger and rockkhard. It was high up on the left side of his stomach. An xray didn't show anything, only gas around that spot. It was a wool blockage. It didn't show up in the xray but we could feel the mass by palpating him. It was too late. Mops was in terrible pain. Euthanasia was offered to me but after some sub Q and pain meds I took him home. I placed him with my other three, where he just lay down flat, and Lint and Deirdra proceded to groom him for a long time. Lint groomed him even longer than Deirdra. Lint has never given anything more than a quick lick to any rabbit but he groomed Mops goodbye. Neigey just sat off in the distance, kind of clueless. I felt I was about as clueless as Neigey... I knew Mops was dying then. He was dead a half hour later.

I am even more upset than sad because I had always been afraid of wool block with Mops and I wish I had been more persistent with trimming his hair on a regular basis, and I should have brushed him twice a day even though he hated all manner of being touched. I should have force-fed him the papaya tablets which he refused to eat. My Mops groomed three other rabbits plus his own angora self. so he died in this painful way.

Mops yesteray before the vet trip, my male dog and him always got along, since Mops was a kit and my dog was a puppy. I wanted Mops to hop around on the deck so he could get his gut moving but he never did. I wish I had kept Mops trimmed like in this photo.

Woolblock can affect any rabbit, angora ones especially, but I do think I could have prevented this if I had noticed earlier. It is hard to distinguish their litter with four rabbits sharing a space.

Mops was two years and twoo months old.

I can hardly look at my three rabbits left behind by Mops. The quatet aws built around Mops, without him, they will have to rebond as a trio now.

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User is Offline Sarita
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8/26/2010 7:00 AM
Hugs to you. It sounds like he went very peacefully. It's heartbreaking when our beloved rabbits leave us. I will light a candle for Mops so he can cross the bridge and be whole again.

User is Offline Carrot Lane Bunny
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8/26/2010 7:13 AM
He is now pain free and frolicking at the bridge. He is watching over you with love. I will also light a candle.
((((((Hugs))))))
~CLB

User is Offline kralspace
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8/26/2010 7:17 AM
Oh Petzy, this just makes me cry, I'm so sorry about Mops. You are such a wonderful bunny mom, please don't beat yourself up. Mops is binkying free at the bridge and will wait for you,

We will light candles too, hugs and much luv, Kathy
My Bunny Burrow is full! Pringles & Toby, Daisy & Lola, and my senior citizens Hershey & Simba.
The piggies are back, add Brownie and Sweetpea to the mix.

User is Offline bunnymum16
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8/26/2010 7:20 AM
im so sorry for your loss.ive always like Mops.he's adorable.i'll pray for him to cross the rainbow bridge.

User is Offline Petzy
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8/26/2010 7:38 AM

I am just so sorry that he was hurting so bad. Of course, I'd like him alive but most of all I didn't want him hurting.

I will change up their pen and their room too. I need to change it so it doesn't remind me of the quartet.

The new trio is going to be stuck together by Deirdra. She is taking to both mini rexes equally. I am glad. she is such a good bun.

 

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User is Offline mrmac
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8/26/2010 7:39 AM
Mops was such a special boy. I am very sorry. Don't blame yourself, you were such a good bunny mom to him. I am all teary. I know you will miss him dearly, but he knew you loved him very much. The photo of him and the dog is precious. Love and many hugs to you. Binky free Mops.
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User is Offline Andi
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8/26/2010 7:41 AM

Oh Petzy, I am so, so sorry what a terrible and enexpected loss of such a dear bunny.
My heart and thoughts are with you now, during this hard time.

Please, don't beat yourself up with the "What If's", they are just poison to our hearts. You did so much to keep him healthy and happy, we just cannot prevent everything. Rabbits grooming each other and themselves make it hard to ever stop fur injestion. You brushed him, even trimmed his hair, so much to help and you did a good job, your an amazing Bunny Momma and Mops was one heck of a lucky bunny to have someone love and care for him unconditionaly.

Again, my deepest sympathy and many **HUGS** your way.
 

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User is Offline lashkay
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8/26/2010 7:54 AM
My condolences for your loss of your beloved Mops. I know what it is to beat oneself up with guilt and remorse. Please don't. You didn't know until it was too late. I too had a bunny that was in pain the last hours but it was a drop in the ocean compared to all the happiness and good health she felt otherwise. And the pain Mops felt was just a drop in an ocean of love and well-being. Pat yourself on the back for being a good caring bunnymom to all your rabbits.

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
New Brunswick, Canada
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8/26/2010 8:35 AM
Oh, Petzy! I''m so sorry to hear about Mops! I have tears streaming down my face...I know that you loved him very dearly and my heart is breaking for you. Mops was such a sweet little guy and I'm sure he died with lots of love for you in his heart. It's sweet that he died surrounded by his loving buddies.

***Hugs to you and the trio***
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User is Offline Beka27
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8/26/2010 8:50 AM
Oh no. I am so, so sorry. You did everything you could, this is in no way your fault. We do everything right and we have so many expectations that our rabbits will always live the maximum lifespan, but sometimes, it's just their time. Please don't blame yourself. He was the luckiest bunny in the whole entire world to have you, a wonderful home, and the companionship and love from not one, not two, but three rabbits. No bunny could possibly have asked for more! He will forever be in your heart. My thoughts are with you and with beautiful Mops.

(((((((((Binky Free Mops!!!)))))))))))

Hugs for you. Bunny kisses for Lint, Deirdra, and Neigey.
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User is Offline LoveChaCha
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8/26/2010 9:27 AM
I am very sorry Petzy I had tears in my eyes reading the entire post

*Hugs to Petzy and the trio*
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User is Offline Petzy
Northern AB Canada
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8/26/2010 9:54 AM

This was Mops a couple of hours before he died.

 

But this is how he was in life

 

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User is Offline mrmac
San Diego, CA
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8/26/2010 10:06 AM
Poor Mops, he was not himself. The second photo is how you, and I, will always remember him, full of spunk and his normal goofy self. Such a handsome boy!
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User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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8/26/2010 10:15 AM
I am so so so sorry to see this thread He was such a gorgeous little man, well loved by all of us, all his little furry friends, and by you. He will be missed by all of us, that is for sure.

Binky free Mops, where your long fur will trouble you no more.

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User is Offline Karla
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8/26/2010 10:21 AM
Oh, Petzy, I'm so very truly sorry for your loss. And it must have been horrible to see him slowly die. I am so sorry and my thoughts are with you! He was a beautiful boy and he lived a great life with such a nice big outdoor arrangement. Few house rabbits get to enjoy the sun and the fresh air like he did - and in the company of 3 bunnies. Please don't feel bad, because you gave him the greatest life ever.

This is a big wake-up call to me as you know that Mops and Karl are identical - in looks and behaviour - so I really need to comb him which I hardly ever do. I had no idea that something like this could happen.

How are the others taking it?

RIP and binky free, Mops!
Lots of bunnies from BB are there to greet you. I know you are happy on the other side.

User is Offline Monkeybun
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8/26/2010 10:31 AM
I am glad that Deirdra is taking care of Lint and Neigey, and that they all have each other.

User is Offline Petzy
Northern AB Canada
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8/26/2010 10:41 AM

Yes, brushing is extra important on wooly breeds, but any rabbit can get a blockage. In angora circles, the paraffin oil is often recommended for wool block but it is controversial. I didn't do it. I still think the tips at the bottom from this site are good.

www.joyofhandspinning.com/angora-care.shtml

I should brush Deirdra, my regular fur rabbit, more too, I did but she is at the end of a molt and still I get this much fur just from a few strokes.

Woolblock isn't just fur, but also food particles that hold the haor together. This is why enzymes are important for rabbits, to break up the mucus holding hairballs together.

Thank you for asking about my remaining three.

They are OK. Deirdra is acting shy which is highly unusual.

I am doing some recementing of Lint and Neigey because deirdra and Lint are very close already and I want Neigey to stop being such a jerk to Lint.

this is a test that is prooving successful. in paired confinement, Neigey is not bullying Lint around over food or other stuff he wants.

those two are tight. Trios are tricky!

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User is Offline Petzy
Northern AB Canada
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8/26/2010 11:10 AM

A friend emailed me this article in this context. I will have to show it to my vet too.

www.rabbit.org/journal/3-7/gi.html

but my vet diagnosed as hairball.In the veterinary manual it says this about it

www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index.jsp

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User is Offline Sarita
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8/26/2010 11:25 AM
Blockages can occur in any rabbits - it's basically a slowdown of the gut. Fur type has nothing to do with it. One of my friends had a rex who had a blockage - she was not able to be saved and I don't think her vet had tons of experience with rabbits but by the time she had emailed me, she had given this vet the okay to do surgery - she felt she was doing the right thing by the surgery.

Pepe had a blockage not long ago too and it took 2 weeks to get him to eat - in fact, this has happened twice with him. The second time when we did the sonogram, the vet said he could see undigested pellets in his stomach. We did very intensive sub-q fluid therapy and hand feeding and my vet added peptic ac that was suggested to him by a board certified exotics vet he consults with. It finally got him through but I was not feeling hopeful at all.

The weird thing is that at least with Pepe, he did not ever act in pain, ever. He acted normal and ran all over the place, but never ate or pooped. So I guess he just felt full.
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