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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > RAINBOW BRIDGE > I'm stressed out about my bunny :(
Last Post by Beka27 at 11/12/2010 12:38 AM (32 Replies)
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User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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11/06/2010 10:18 PM
He needs the meds, so enough is enough when he gets them. If he is stressed out after, calm him down a bit with some pets if he likes them, or a small treat.

For the peeing... he's unneutered, so he will liekly be a bad bunny alot til he is fixed

User is Offline lashkay
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11/06/2010 10:46 PM
Remember, everything you are doing for Franz is a labor of love! I have to sometimes remind myself of that and it helps, when there's hard work.

Buddie would jerk his head away and be petrified of receiving his meds when I tried to hold him and insert it in his mouth in a syringe. I tried making a hole in a chunk of fresh banana with the syringe, and squirted the medicine in the tunnel hole in the banana and he ate every bit of it, wolfed it down, he loved banana. Is there a chance you can drill little holes in little pieces of banana and feed him the medicine in the banana to make sure none of the medicine gets wasted and he gets it all? Hope this helps. If not banana, there might be other foods you can think of to conceal the medicine in. A bit of apple? How about steamed carrot? He likes carrot~You could steam the carrot until it's soft, cool it, then insert the medicine in little holes you make in the carrot. He will forgive you for the moments of stress. Continue to cuddle him, stroke him, give him as many treats as are okay for him and pets. He will get over the stress he experiences especially as long as there's lots of the good stuff to take his mind off it. The stress is temporary and minimal and passes. Let yourself enjoy loving him, he'll enjoy it too.

User is Offline cactuspancake
Boston, MA
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11/07/2010 9:48 AM
Omg thanks for the banana idea! I was JUST talking to my boyfriend about hiding his medicine in something. This morning and last night were the worst for giving him his medicine! It was a horrible battle.... he's really good at jerking his head around even when I hold his head I just want it to be over. I will try the banana. Most of the time he takes it out of the syringe but three times now it's been really really bad. He hid from us under the coffee table and was really scared of us for an hour. I think he's better now though...
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User is Offline FluffyBunny
Boulder, Colorado
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11/07/2010 10:01 AM
I had to give one of my rabbits oral antibitotics for 4 weeks recently (I think I mentioned that before). By the end of the 4 weeks, he had gotten really good at taking as little of the medicine as possible.

If you're having trouble getting the medicine in his mouth, try holding him in your lap, wrapping one arm around his chest, and holding his head/neck in place while giving the medicine with the other hand. He'll probably still struggle, but I've found that that position works great for giving medicine.
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User is Offline lashkay
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11/07/2010 12:44 PM
If you try the banana, it might help to freeze or partially freeze the piece(s) of banana so it's firmer for holding a hole that will hold its shape to hold some medicine. Fresh room temperature or refrigerated banana might tend to get mushy and takes more effort to put a good hole in. You can also process the banana in a blender or stir soft banana til its like a pudding consistency and mix the dose into the banana and let him lap it all up. That might work too. You can see what works best. It's just important to make sure all the medicine in the full dose he needs to get gets into the rabbit. Buddie didn't seem to notice or mind that there was medicine in the banana, he just tasted the banana which he was clamoring and begging for. A few thoughts. Hope it's helpful.

User is Offline cactuspancake
Boston, MA
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11/07/2010 7:53 PM
Thanks your advice was great! I did the hole thing but it dripped out so I just made a mash. Every time he smells the medicine no matter what I hide it in he gets really scared and does this "shake" thing like a dog when he's wet! He does it every time I show him the syringe/ something with medicine in it! Then he hides lol. He was up in the fridge when I had it open (I usually give him something when it's open cause it's cute to watch him beg ) and I was like "how bout... MEDICINE!" and he ran away lol he's not dumb at all haha! But he did eat it all when I left him alone with it every last drop! I've also mixed it with carrot shreds which cling to it, and also I dried a piece of lettuce and wiped it up like a napkin and it held the medicine really well! That's my favorite method so far. I just get another veggie and wipe up the residue in the bowl! THANKS so much I don't know why I didn't think of this!
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User is Offline lashkay
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11/07/2010 9:55 PM
Oh, I'm so happy that you found ways that he's receptive to that work in getting all his dose in him. I was eager to hear if the food suggestion was helpful and if you found a way that worked well and it's so great to hear that you did. That's neat your wiping up the banana/medicine mash with a dry lettuce leaf and carrot shreds - you've come up with great ideas. I'm sure he loves the variety of foods too. And I'm sure you feel much better now knowing he's getting his full doses of the medicine. That's wonderful!

User is Offline nugget
Minnesota
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11/10/2010 4:59 PM
After the course of the meds, have you been asked to bring in another fecal sample for testing? ...to make sure the coccidia is gone? Both of my bunnies had it when we brought them home, and after being treated with the meds, never had a reoccurance. Hope your method keeps working for you!!
.....that Lashkay, she's full of great ideas! Don't know what I'd do without her!

User is Offline cactuspancake
Boston, MA
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11/10/2010 5:32 PM
Yep, the doc said 3 weeks after to bring in a sample. I started the meds for the URI on the 2nd of november and the doc said he should improve in four days and its the 10th today and he still sneezes, but not that much.
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User is Offline Kafrn
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11/10/2010 11:22 PM
Our vet suggested mixing the medicine with a little bit of yukult. You then suck it up in the syringe, and bunny LOVES the taste so when we offer the syringe now, typically they come running. Apparently yakult is also good for their gut in small doses. No more than 5ml a day
What weighs 35 tonnes, has four fuzzy ears and is 80 million years old? Two rabbits riding a brontosaurus.

User is Offline Kafrn
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11/10/2010 11:23 PM
But I dont know about the tunny trouble. It may not be good. Its just a suggestion for meds
What weighs 35 tonnes, has four fuzzy ears and is 80 million years old? Two rabbits riding a brontosaurus.

User is Offline cactuspancake
Boston, MA
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11/11/2010 3:55 PM
Posted By Kafrn on 11/11/2010 02:22 AM
Our vet suggested mixing the medicine with a little bit of yukult. You then suck it up in the syringe, and bunny LOVES the taste so when we offer the syringe now, typically they come running. Apparently yakult is also good for their gut in small doses. No more than 5ml a day

I have no idea what yakult is lol is it in the "ethnic" section? and honestly, I don't think it matters what it's mixed with anymore. He smells the medicine and gets scared and doesn't want any food for the next 20 or so minutes like it's all poison. Same with if he sees the syringe. The bunny burrito is getting easier but he still freaks out. My b/f and I are getting the process done in about 5 minutes instead of 15 now. My wool spinning teacher used to have angoras and told me to try cupping my hand behind his jaw so he can't move and it works great and doesn't freak him out. He jerks but my hand stops him enough to get the medicine down. He warms back up to us right after so that's good.

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User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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11/12/2010 12:38 AM
Is he on a table or countertop when you give meds?
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