I've been lurking for some time, but have waited to post. I was hoping my first post would be introducing my 7lbs spayed mini-lop, Bear, and her new brother a flemish giant. Sadly, it didn't work out that way .
I picked up a flemish giant fawn buck from a breeder on Sunday. We went with a breeder because most of the places who adopt out bunnies bond them first and we didn't want a pair, or the bunnies tended to be older. We will be moving in a few years so we wanted a bunny who will still be pretty young for that experience.
Sunday he did great, he was eating and pooping normal, and really seemed to enjoy our company. When I woke up Monday he seemed tired and just wanted to sleep. I didn't think much of it because this is a new house and he had quite a day on Sunday. When I came home I noticed he hadn't eaten as much as the day before, but he had eaten some and was drinking water. I decided to see how he did and take him to the vet in the morning if he didn't continue to eat or wasn't feeling well.
Over night he developed diarreha. I took him to the vet first thing at 7:30am. She checked him over, said he was a bit gassy and he definately had diarreha. His tempature was normal though. She gave me some antibiotics and Oxbow critical care and some instructions for feeding him. He seemed to be doing a bit better - he was perking up and not just sleeping.
Then in the evening he started refusing the critical care. I would get some in his mouth and he refused to swallow it. I just held him and did the best I could. Then he started jumping out of my arms - he did not want to be held. I ended up having to put him in his cage because he kept trying to jump to the floor. I stayed by him though. He started doing this thing where he would tilt his head up, almost like he was trying to stay awake. Then he started having trouble breathing and he died shortly after.
I'm so sad I felt like I did everything right this time and he died. My mini-lop I got at a pet store when she was 6 weeks old and she never had any problems. With him we got him at 8 weeks from a good breeder who takes really good care of their rabbits. They sent me home with his food so I could slowly transition (which I hadn't started) and gave me all kinds of good advice. I took him to the vet when he was sick... I feel like I failed him. I didn't take him to the vet again last night because before he got to the point of having trouble breathing and jumping from me he was still accepting water and the vet said she couldn't do much else for him (she could have given him fluids if he wasn't drinking, but he was). I'm sure he would have died in the car ride over there if I tried.
I don't know how I'm going to make it through today . I'm a graduate student and I have a talk to give today - I have no choice. I also have to bring his body to the vet and contact the breeder. I'll also have to face my friends who will ask about him.
I'm sorry for the long post - I don't have it in me to edit right now.