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27 July 2013 @ 10:12 am
Early morning bunnies!  
So that was an interesting morning. Woke up, fed Pancakes, went to the bathroom. All the usual stuff.

Then came back to discover her sneezing away, gurgling as she was breathing and discharge coming out her nose. One panicked trip to the vet later (horray for the UK, 15 minutes to get there, seen straight away, didn't cost more than a standard checkup. I love you vets office!) and she was sat in their office eating her breakfast as if nothing had ever happened.

I have antibiotics to give her, which she hates, so I am currently trying the "porridge oats, honey and baytril" approach. The Ribena one didn't work and neither did the forcing her to have it by just popping it straight in the mouth. Hopefully this lot will work.

Should I be looking for any other signs of bunny distress? We're keeping a close eye on her now, but she seems fine.

Just for your amusement - here's a picture of her investigating the garden for the first time. She was fascinated by the idea that food grew from the ground and we had a nice trimmed patch around her enclosure!

Pancakes in the garden
 
 
 
Ophelia: Opheliastarrynight on July 27th, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
I have the same Living World toy, my bunny Penny loves it. her boyfriend, Dr. P waits for her to expose the food and then he swoops in, it's funny.

I'm guessing your bunny was diagnosed with Pasteurella, or something like that. If it is a bacterial infection, then antibiotics will absolutely work. Other signs I would look out for would be lethargy, not eating, excessive nose/face wiping, matted front paws, not using the litterbox properly, and as you said before, a change in breathing.

Is Pancakes a mini lop? my Penny looks a lot like her, except she's orange and white. Here she is:

kizzie on July 27th, 2013 06:59 pm (UTC)
I was amazed by how Pancakes just worked it out. It took her less than two minutes each time, no matter how hard the set up, to pull it apart and eat the food.

Then again, we had a bunny who worked out how to break chicken wire.

The vet didn't diagnose anything specific, by the time we were at the vet (20 minutes after she started the gurgling) she was up, alert and eating her breakfast as if nothing ever happened. We're keeping a close eye on her at the moment.

I'm not sure what breed she is, she was a rescue from my brother's girlfriend bunny. I doubt she's a mini anything though, she's huge compared to the other buns we see! About 40cm nose to tail.
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kizzie on July 27th, 2013 11:19 pm (UTC)
We had baytril for her not that long ago and gave it to her until we reached the end of the bottle (about 10.5 days).

Hopefully this will be more to do with the fact we've been 'spring' cleaning recently than anything majourly wrong. Although last time the vet thought she may have a lung tumour, so anything respiratory related and we're panicking at the moment.
Ophelia: Opheliastarrynight on July 28th, 2013 02:44 am (UTC)
Penny is a big girl, too. A mini lop is basically a smaller version of an English Lop. There's really nothing mini about them, like a dwarf bunny. She also figured out the toy rather quickly, she's smart. She even knows her name and can come on command.

I'm guessing it is Pasteurella, or Bordatella. Pasteurella is super common and almost every rabbit has been exposed to it, some are carriers, even. Either way, antibiotics *should* work, I hope she feels better soon :)
kizzie on July 28th, 2013 09:21 am (UTC)
Ooh it sounds like she might be a minilop then.

She's fairly bright this morning. I've never seen her so desperate to get the medicine from me though. I guess porridge and honey really does mask the taste!
Ophelia: Opheliastarrynight on July 28th, 2013 01:54 pm (UTC)
Hahaha yeah, some medicines are sweetened with honey. I guess it makes the job easier.

I think mini lop in the UK is what a Holland Lop is here. I don't know what you would call a mini lop there, but mini lops have nice round heads instead of flattened faces like a Holland Lop, and they're 3-4 lbs. Penny is about 3.5 right now and she's going on five months old.

They also have big heads. The boys may get bigger, my dearly departed Thumper was 4 lbs. Not sure if Penny will get as big. They are also the sweetest rabbits that I've ever come across. I love my little Nethie, but Penny is the definition of a lap bunny.