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post #11 of 20 Old 02-26-2014, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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I have no choice but to wait for the Vet appt. This is the only Vet I could find that will see rabbits. Actually after calling just about everywhere I called my Equine Vet who told me about his guy. Apparently he travels to different clinics and will be in my area on Friday. I went home and got her and have started her on the recommended plan. She did pretty good with the baby food and yogurt ( actually cleaned her self off an licked up every bit) but did not like the pineapple juice. Giving her a break now and will try later to get more of the pineapple juice down. She seems weak so I don't know if she will make it until Friday unless this plan works. The good thing is no grinding of her teeth since that one time last night so hopefully she is not in pain. Guess it is either a GI issue or she is just shutting down due to age.. Prayers she will get better and not suffer. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE ADVICE AND SUPPORT. ANY MORE SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE WELCOMED
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post #12 of 20 Old 02-26-2014, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Oh and I did massage her tummy as suggested. She does not appear to be bloated and I did not feel any masses/blockage but of course I have no idea what I am doing
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post #13 of 20 Old 02-26-2014, 05:33 PM
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Sorry for being rude, you did not mention once in your op that you couldn't find a vet, just said your not sure if you should take it. My daughter had two pet rats almost three years old. Both got tumors, my vet said wait to see if they died of old age before the tumors got bad. Well they didn't, and when it came down to it, I called 7 vets and none of them would actually treat them, I finally found one that didn't treat rats, but would put them to sleep for me, so thats the route I had to take.
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post #14 of 20 Old 02-28-2014, 08:21 AM Thread Starter
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You are right. At the time of my first post I had not tried calling a Vet yet. Was hoping to get some advice ( such as should I take her) while waiting for offices to open. I am sorry about saying you were rude, I was stressed. If you would have said take her to the Vet I would have been okay with that but your comment hurt me at the time as my animals are my life and I do try my best to do right by them. No hard feeling here and I hope you understand.

As many of you predicted.. She did not make it.

I went home and got her and tried all the things the Vet office told me to do. She seemed to perk up after the baby colic med,baby food and water but when I tried again in the pm she would not take anything. Also she had not peed or pooped the whole day even after the food and water. I called back the Vet's office and told them it was an emergency but they only see rabbits when Dr. Blaze is in. I spent all day doing research on the internet for causes and treatment of GI problems. She has always been provided with the right food, clean water, exercise, hay and nothing that she should not have eaten so I guess it was some underlying disease. Also found out that they give up a lot of times because of pain. By that evening she was grinding her teeth again so she was suffering. The internet Vet said banamine was okay to give rabbits but I could find nothing on the amount. Hubby tried to figure based on what we give the horses for colic but it was such a tiny amount I had no way to actually measure. Called a friend and decided to give her the tinest amount possible. Gave her a kiss and prayed that God would take away her pain in the way he saw fit. Unfortunately she passed that night. I will miss her but I know her buddy will miss her even more. I am sad and a bit angry. Had no idea that rabbits are exotic animals and it is so hard to find a Vet.. especially when they can go downhill so fast.
I really want to thank everyone for their suggestions and support during a very difficult time.
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post #15 of 20 Old 02-28-2014, 08:53 AM
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I am sorry! :( Losing a friend is never easy.

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post #16 of 20 Old 02-28-2014, 08:54 AM
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No hard feelings. I never knew how much those stinky rats meant to me until I dropped them off at the vets. I had to take them to the pet smart vet of all places, them walked around the store crying like a baby. I was angry as well at the fact that not one vet could treat a measly little rat. I had gotten to the point of googling how to put a rat to sleep but couldn't bring myself to do it. I am thankful they would put them to sleep, but it still angers me to this day when I think about all the phone calls and searching I had to do to get some help.
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post #17 of 20 Old 02-28-2014, 09:42 AM
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So sorry the little one died - my children had rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs and I loved them all like the silly fool I am - and cried when we buried them so nothing to feel ashamed of - caring is good.
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post #18 of 20 Old 02-28-2014, 10:16 AM
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My condolences on the loss of your dwarf bunny. I'm sure it had a very good life while it was with you. Sometimes, it is just time for them to pass on.

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post #19 of 20 Old 02-28-2014, 10:18 AM
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Ooooh, I'm sorry :c So hard to lose an animal, whether it be a horse or a bunny.

Always a good idea to scout out vet offices even when you don't need one just in case one day you do. Rabbit vets are for whatever reason not common. So sorry you had to find out the hard way :(
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post #20 of 20 Old 02-28-2014, 02:04 PM
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I'm sorry she didn't make it ): so sad... You did all you could.

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