Know the Warning Signs – IMPORTANT – Seek Vet Help


So bunny parents this is one of the most important pages I’ve ever written – to know the symptoms and signs of your bunny being in  a comprised health crisis.  I’ve lost two bunnies and its heartbreaking so YOU MUST KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR EVERY DAY. Its so important that you pay attention to your bunny and love, feed and protect them  but it’s also your responsibility to get them medical care when they need it. The challenge can be realizing they need help.  If you don’t pay attention to your rabbit and feel they are a burden to you then, find another loving home for your bunny as that rabbit deserves a good home with someone that will love them like they should be loved. Since bunnies are good at hiding the fact they are sick, you must be checking what they eat and what they poop every day. Take your bunnies normal routine, attitude and personality into account when evaluating  them for illness or injury.  If you have any doubts or questions always side on caution and take them to a vet pronto.

So here are some of things to watch out for:

Lack of Eating

Lack of appetite – monitor the amount of food you gave him/her and how much they had eaten at the next feeding.  Offer a favorite food or treat – if they have stopped eating  completely or almost completely they need to see a vet asap.

Pooping, Not Pooping or Weird shaped Poop

Usually my rabbit will not eat as much food as normal which will be my first tip off something is wrong. I then immediately check for the poops. Now I have 2 bunnies that are bonded living together and sharing poop dishes so its IMPERATIVE that I know Dino’s poops form Lucy’s so I can tell them apart (by color, size and number).  I recommend giving the rabbit a brand new hay dish with hay so you can clearly monitor exactly what has been pooped out without ay issues. You must also check their entire area for additional poops to give you an accurate picture of how many poops they have made. You must also note a time frame – 4 hours – 8 hours etc.  Rabbits tend to poop all the time, not like humans do. So pay attention to what your rabbits normal is.  The size can give some indication to the vet as to what is going with them.  These are what to look out for:

1. Number of poops – about how many and how many is normal for your bunny?

2. Are the a different color than normal – black, brow, green, red, orange-ish?

3. Shape – are they normal shaped for your bunny or tiny like mouse poops?  Not rounded but sorta has pointed edges and not round or smooth?

4. Poop strung with fur will look like a pearl necklace with poop string poop string.  This requires a supplement called Laxatone that can be given by mouth. I’m told its good to have on hand to give when you see the string of poop pearls. We not give this yet but have it on hand as Dino has these poops every so often.  You can also give this on a regular routine my vet said.

5.  Steady the different kinds of poops because you really have to up to date on this to know exactly what kind of poop you are looking at poop or cecal poops.

6. Watery poops or a smearing of poop.

Read my page on Rabbit Poop 101 and read the Bunny Basics PDF for more valuable information.

If your rabbit has stopped eating or stopped pooping – TAKE THEM TO A VET ASAP. 

If your rabbit has stopped eating and pooping -RUSH THEM TO VET ITS AN EMERGENCY SITUATION.

OTHER SYMPTOMS TO WATCH OUT FOR:

If they seem lazy, not moving around, hiding in unusual places or rooms, not responding to your call. Restless and can’t seem to stay in one position.

Sitting in a strange sorta haunched forward position almost like they are going to leap forward.

Rapid breathing, sort of a fast breathing (through their nose). My Baby didn’t seem concerned by it but I noticed it on the day she died.

Teeth grinding that sounds like when they are happy and you are petting them but for no reason they are sitting or laying by themselves grinding their teeth which could mean they are in pain.

Bloated or hard stomach – I never felt this on my bunnies but some people might notice it when they pick up their rabbit. Bunny Basics PDF says if sides of stomach are sucked or sunken in can indicate GI Stasis.

Drinking a lot of water – just sorta all of the sudden you notice that the rabbit drinking a lot of water, that can indicate kidney issues.

 

So know your bunny and how much it normally eats and poops along with how many poops and what it looks like.

 

If your rabbit has any of these warning signs, please take them to the vet, don’t wait see if they get better especially if they have stopped eating or pooping or both!

 

Don’t email me, take them to the vet, I can’t help you and only your vet  can  Thanks for being responsible and knowing the warning signs of trouble.

 

If you have more warning signs for me to post here – please let me know!  Thanks for helping bunnies everywhere…..

 

 

If you have a specific question about your rabbit, please email me at info@bunnymama.com.

Words of Comfort and Support

If you have lost a bunny rabbit, then I extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family.  Losing a pet rabbit is every bit as painful as losing a human relative or loved one.  Each person will handle their sorrow differently and over a different period of time. I am here to lovingly reassure you that as time goes by, the sorrow does lessen. The sadness will begin to ever so slowly fade and as time goes by.  Everyone experiences sorrow and loss in different ways but if you find yourself depressed or withdrawn from family and friends then please seek  help by  talking to a close friend or family member about your loss who you can comfortably confide in. You don’t need to go through this alone and I am sure there are plenty of people around you that love you and care about you so please reach out to one of them if you feel hopeless.  As time passes, it will become easier to cope with your loss.

This page is intended for those of you have lost a bunny and need some words of comfort and encouragement.  I have been there twice now.  I handled it differently with each of the bunnies I have lost.  Its personal and painful, but it does get easier to accept in time. It helped me to make a memorial picture of one bunny.  I made a memorial coffee cup for my morning tea but have not used it yet because I fear it will make me cry. I think after the one anniversary passes I should be able to use it.  I deeply miss my bunnies and feel that I always will.  They were so different from each other and touched me differently too.  So it does it easier but I know deep in my heart I will always miss my bunnies no matter how many pass over the Rainbow Bridge before I do. I will miss them and love them always…..

If you have a specific question about your rabbit, please email me at info@bunnymama.com.

Rainbow Bridge Poem

This was given to me by my Vets office and I have read it many, many times and it brings me comfort. So I hope if you are mourning the loss of your precious rabbit, it will bring you peace and comfort too.

 

The Rainbow Bridge

inspired by a Norse legend

© 1998 Steve and Diane Bodofsky. All Rights Reserved. Reposted by Permission.

 

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,

Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.

Where the friend of man and woman do run,

When their time on earth is over and done.

 

For here, between this world and the next,

Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest,

On this golden land, they wait and play,

Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

 

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,

For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness,

Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,

Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

 

They romp through the grass, without even a care,

Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.

All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,

Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

 

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;

Together again, both person and pet.

So they run to each other, these friends from long past,

The time of their parting is over at last.

 

The sadness they felt while they were apart,

Has turned into joy once more in each heart.

They embrace with a love that will last forever,

And then, side-by-side, they cross over….together.

 

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To learn more about the authors of this poem, go to their website at http://www.newrainbowbridge.com/

Their website tells more about the story of the poem and about there ferret rescue – Last Chance Ferret Rescue in South Hampton, PA.  They sell  sympathy cards and fine art prints of the beloved poem.  I know many people have been comforted by this poem, as I have too. I hope you will check out their website.

If you have a specific question about your rabbit, please email me at info@bunnymama.com.