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Last Post by RabbitPam at 6/22/2011 5:31 AM (26 Replies)
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User is Offline Cheddar33
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6/21/2011 2:07 PM
I wonder if you can somehow get in touch with other people who have bought rabbits from him and see what happened to their babies.
The tide always turns.

User is Offline BearMom
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6/21/2011 2:46 PM

I'm not sure if that would be possible, BUT my vet (which I didn't have until Lemur) said she has seen many bunnies from him and they always have coccidia. Some have been as bad as mine, but not all. I'm wondering if the kind of coccidia he has is a worse strain now, or if it mutated and is really bad, maybe its even more than one kind (possibly the kind that attacks the liver?). Or if just the stress of the coccidia has left them vulnerable to some other disease going around there thats new for him and is making them REALLY sick. Maybe I'll know more when Lemurs autopsy results are back.

User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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6/21/2011 3:04 PM
Not all breeders have issues with coccidia. Monkey was from a breeder, none of her siblings/parents had it. Responsible breeders would have no problem with it.

User is Offline BearMom
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6/21/2011 3:28 PM

*just cleaning things up*

User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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6/22/2011 4:13 AM
You need to be careful what you spread around, because if it ever came down to it, he could have a countersuit against you for... defamation, libel, slander, harassment, I don't know which exactly, but any of those could be possible. I would stop all communications with him (and about him) at this point. You have what you need.

(Irresponsible) breeders don't individually treat rabbits, it would be far to expensive and would prevent them from turning any kind of profit. So any meds they get, are in a very limited and diluted amount. I'll bet the meds are enough to suppress the coccidia, but not enough to eradicate it. The buns look and act healthy. When they get to a new home, it flares up again, and the majority of people won't know what is wrong. Many people also do not realize their buns can go see a vet, so they never try to treat it on their own. The bunny just dies... and that's that.

As a final note: If you want to have this thread deleted (this is a public forum afterall), just message any one of us and we can do that for you.
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User is Offline BearMom
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6/22/2011 4:22 AM

Thanks Beka, thats a good point. I just went through and edited my posts to remove anything I don't want up.

I'm really missing Lemur - I've been cuddling his puppy at night, it helps me feel connected to him. It feels like he is watching over me and wants me to be ok.

User is Offline RabbitPam
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6/22/2011 5:31 AM
The first 2 weeks are the hardest and then that awful feeling in the pit of your stomach starts to be better. I am sure he is watching over you and trying to comfort you.
I am so glad to hear about Bear's excellent progress.

Beka makes a good point, so if you contact animal control they can take it from there. Also, I would have thought that the vet would be obligated to report a repeat issue in case it was spreading locally, but maybe not. Still, it's possible that animal control might want to talk to her about what she's been seeing in order to get more facts - that don't come from you.
Meanwhile, you can leave them a message then forget about it entirely. Just feel better and know there will be future bunnies to love for you and Bear.
SPIKE, my snuggle bunny (aka Spikey Marbles)
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