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User is Online jerseygirl
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3/25/2016 2:07 AM
You'll probably need something like a 10ml syringe. One with a wider nozzle too.
She won't eat the pellet mush out of a bowl?
Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

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3/25/2016 6:28 AM
Some days she will, other days she won't touch it. I also need to have feeding syringes on hand because this definitely caught me off guard. So I am ordering critical care and syringes for the future.
Last night she didn't eat much but drank some water. I am going to get some different types of hay for her to see if that might interest her. And if she turns her nose up at those hays, Kraken will definitely enjoy them!! I was thinking Oxbow botanical hay and Oat hay. Does any one else have any recommendations? I'm just going to the Pet store so Oxbow would be the best brand there I think.

Would a syringe like this work? 

http://www.amazon.com/Innovet-10cc-...cc+syringe

or this 

http://www.amazon.com/Pack-Tsp-Medication-Syringes-Needle/dp/B00OAC21Y2/ref=sr_1_18_a_it?rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1458916388&sr=8-18&keywords=10+cc+syringe&refinements=p_85%3A2470955011


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3/30/2016 6:46 AM
Just wanted to give an update.
We have named our new bunny Jitterbug!
Right now she is eating a few bites of pellet mush. Less than what she was eating a few days ago which is a bit worrisome. But she is now eating some Cilantro and Parsley. We also give her kale and romaine but she has yet to eat them. She is still pooping tiny poops often stuck together with hair. Today is the first day she will be off of the pain meds (Metacam) so we will see how her appetite is. She doesn't really eat hay. I have seen her nibble a little on the hay but not much at all.
How much cilantro and Parsley should I give her? I have been giving her a few springs morning and night and sometimes it is eaten and other times it is not. She does drink some water.
She is also super terrified of us. She will hide when we try to get her to give her meds and she will kind of squeak when we pick her up. Hopefully it gets a bit better now that we don't have to give her metacam. How do we get her to trust us if we can't bribe her with food

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4/03/2016 6:36 AM

Jitters has been doing a little better. She almost finished 2 tablespoons of soaked pellets in 24hours. She also munched on a few dry pellets.  But she has stopped eating lettuce the past few days. I have been giving her a pinch of oats on her food which entices her to eat sometimes. We were told to supplement her food intake with a little bit of syringe fed weight gain critical care. Last night was the first night we started that and she officially hated us.... But this morning I saw her eat a few strands of hay. She was binkying in her pen last night which was adorable! (before we syringe fed her. After that she was super mad)


She has been eating her cardboard house which makes me think she wants fiber but doesn't want to eat hay. I'm not sure what's up with that but I will keep an eye on it. She is doing fine off of the metacam.

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4/03/2016 8:36 AM
I'm glad to hear she's a bit more chipper. Poor buggy. (((munchy vibes)))

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4/04/2016 12:44 PM
It sounds good she's eating more pellets. And even if she does hate you for force feeding her, a bunny putting up a fight in such a situation is a good sign. Weak buns don't fight. Lettuce is not sth she absolutely needs like she needs pellets, CC and hay, so if she doesn't want lettuce it's not a big deal.
My buns love oat hay and will eat orchard, but want nothing to do with botanical. But I've read about other buns here that prefer botanical. There's just no telling with a bun =)

I have to say she's terribly cute! (Saw her in the April photo thread).

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4/04/2016 8:18 PM
Bam's right... when Chewie first came home, I had oat hay and orchard grass for him, because I read that these two types are considered bunny faves. Well, he will eat orchard grass, completely ignores oat hay, but (as I found out later) LOVES botanical hay. He will literally spend hours each day, in his hay box, noshing on the stuff.

So try different kinds with her and she's bound to find one to tempt her whiskers.

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4/04/2016 9:49 PM
Hope your bunny improves soon!!

For syringe feeding I usually see vet techs use 1ml syringes at the hospital I intern at. It's annoying to keep filling so usually someone is filling while someone else is holding the rabbit. I assume they do it because they found it works better since it obviously isn't more convenient lol.

For the eye goop I would keep an eye on it and see if it moves, goes away, or if the eye changes (redness or pus or mucous, etc). My rabbit has white goop in her eye but it doesn't bother her at all. It's actually some fur that just gets into her eye so maybe you can trim the fur around her face. It sometimes stays there for a day, sometimes more than a week. In any case her eyes are otherwise normal so I haven't worried about it.

If she doesn't seem to want to eat hay maybe you can try mixing in some alfalfa. I would think alfalfa hay i better than no hay? Not sure though.

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4/05/2016 5:10 AM

Thanks for the advice blubudgie! We needed up getting a 35 mL syringe and then filling a bunch of 1 mL syringes with it as that was the easiest for us. The eye goop seems to come and go and I think it has to do with all of the hair around her eyes. She will definitely need a trim in the future. 

Bam- we have 5 types of hay that we are offering but no oat hay as the store was out. We have Small pet select Timothy, Oxbow botanical hay, Oxbow orchard grass, Alfalfa timothy mix, and part of a bale of mixed grass hay (for horses). We set around little piles to see which one she will eat  

I just wanted to give a quick update. Jitterbug has been doing a little better. Last night she finished most her pellet mush and this morning I woke up to some nibbled lettuce. We will see how long this lasts as she has shown improvement in the past and then gone back down hill but I'm fairly optimistic. She ate a few pieces of hay yesterday when she saw Kraken pigging out on hay. I think she was like "yeah I guess these things are edible". Jitters and Kraken had a very brief face to face meeting yesterday that went well. I might post about it on the bonding forum although we aren't really bonding them yet. 

Thank you everyone for your help, support and advice. She has been is stasis for a little over two weeks with multiple vet visits but she was binkying last night so at least I know she is happy.

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4/05/2016 5:25 AM
I watched the video Bam mentioned also. Im relieved to see her moving around like that. Very cute too! She has a young spirit.

Reading over this thread, I wondered if anything cropped up post-spay that could be causing some discomfort. But not after seeing the video and from how you say she moves about.
It's just the eye and eating that are the issues? She breathes well?
Honestly, it sounds like teeth issues despite what the rescue said.
Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

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4/05/2016 5:27 AM
Also, just wanted to ask her age? Did the rescue say whether she'd had any dental work done previously?
Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

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4/05/2016 5:40 AM

She is around 2 years old. She came in to the rescue pregnant and had a litter at the rescue. The babies were weaned about a year ago and they were adopted super quickly. She was spayed with 2 other bunnies that we were interested in (Kraken was going to go on dates with all three of them). They found during the spay that one of the other bunnies that we really liked has teeth issues and while she was under they clipped them?...filed them..? I don't really know much about teeth but they fixed them but they said the rescue said that it could be an ongoing issue so she didn't want us adopting her and then having large amounts of vet bills. 

 
So I feel like she would have said something if she knew Jitters had teeth problems. They said she had never had any teeth problems or dental work done. The only vet visits were her initial visit, getting her kits checked, and her spay. I think we will probably go back to our vet and have an overall health exam.
Do they have to be put under for a full oral examination?


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4/05/2016 5:48 AM
I think they can sedate with a bit of gas to get a good look.

One time I left Jersey at the vet for dental check/work. I got a call 15-20 minutes later from the vet to report. I was shocked how quickly they'd done it.

Jitterbug had been eating okay when in foster care, after the spay? 

Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

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4/05/2016 5:50 AM

Ok that's good to know. 

Here is a little video of how Kraken's and Jiterbug's first face to face meeting went. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLUbsv54S9s&feature=youtu.be


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4/05/2016 6:14 AM
That looks great! Run with it. You know, he might get her eating too. Fingers crossed!
Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

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4/05/2016 1:02 PM
I totally second Jersey, a little bit of "competition" for food is often helpful. You do that with dogs that won't eat, you bring in another dog. Suddenly the food becaomes a valued asset. Company can also inspire eating, f ex in highly strung race-horses that won't eat unless they have a companion, often a goat or rabbit.

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4/08/2016 6:46 AM
I just wanted to give an update on Jitterbug. She is now eating more solid pellets, and she eats most of her lettuce overnight. She is not a big hay eater yet. She will pick at a few strands but then run off to do something more important she thinks . She has been nibbling on a few apple twigs which is really nice to see. I can confidently say she is starting to recover from this three week long ordeal.

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4/08/2016 12:15 PM
Really good to hear! Thanks for the update! 3 weeks is a long time with a poorly bun, they really do their best to keep us humans in our toes!

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4/08/2016 1:29 PM
Glad to hear she is doing better while I have not had to deal with stasis with autumn, I have seen it before and I know for future reference (hopefully not needed) 1- pineapple dissolves fur blockage, 2- blackberry leaves help flush out any nasties (bacteria from fermenting food), 3- coltsfoot is a great easy to eat roughage that can help kick-start the gut like an old engine and try to source the greenest hay you can find as the strong aroma helps bring up the appitite in sick buns.

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4/08/2016 8:21 PM
Hmm I thought the whole pineapple thing was an old wives tail. I don't think that pineapple can dissolve protein (hair) in their gi track. I just thought it people thought it worked because it rehydrated their rabbits. I will definitely have to look at studies done! But thanks for all of your advice I will have to research some of that and learn more!
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