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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > RAINBOW BRIDGE > Bailey is gone (was: Bailey possibly sick - advice needed please
Last Post by RabbitPam at 7/24/2012 9:03 AM (28 Replies)
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User is Offline ScooterandAnnette
Winnipeg, Canada
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7/15/2012 6:10 PM

Hi everyone, I posted this over in the Q&A section as well but thought I'd post in here as there always seems to be more "action" here.  We're hoping you can give us some input on Bailey.  We'll be taking him to the vet tomorrow - even if we thought that his condition was critical the emergency vet doesn't see rabbits so we couldn't take him in before then anyway.

 Bailey is 7 1/2 now.  He's been slowing down a lot lately, and enjoying spending most of his time just lounging around.  But today is different.  Today he's not eating very much, and what he does eat he's eating very slowly.  We tried to have a look to see if maybe there was a problem with his teeth (there never has been before) and we've noticed that he isn't opening his jaw very much at all, especially not in comparison to the other buns.  He took a craisin earlier, chewed it a bit and then it fell out of his mouth, still mostly in one piece, just a little chewed.  We've given him some critical care.  He was fine this morning with his banana, but we don't think he's had much of an interest in hay lately.  He's been like this the last couple of days - sometimes interested in his pellets, and other times not.

ETA:  We just gave them a bit of cantaloupe, and he was interested in it and licked at it but didn't bite into it at all.

Does this sound like this is old age and getting close to "it"?  Or does it sound more like he's got a tooth/mouth problem?  Or maybe a side effect of pain from something like arthritis?

-  Annette

Pet Parents to: Aeryn, Tegan, Keelie, and Kiera (bunnies); Harley, Sierra, Ringo and Owen (cats); Dakota (dog). We miss our Rainbow Bunnies: Keiran, Kylie, Reno, Carbun, Kaylee and our boy Bailey.

User is Offline equalsign
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7/15/2012 8:07 PM

I haven't had a rabbit die of old age, but I think this sounds more like some sort of other problem. My boy was just acting like this the other day and he's only two. Started slowing down for a couple weeks, then one day he wouldn't touch his food and stopped pooping.

I force fed him some Critical Care (with about 1mg of Reglan crushed in) and a little Infant Simethicone. I could feel that it wasn't a blockage, and it was night time so I didn't want to wait. I made a fresh plate of veggies available all day and moved it to whatever room he was in. Eventually he started picking at those, and after 2 days he was back to normal.

It could be molar spurs if it is a teeth related issue. I hear it's pretty common with older rabbits and that could explain his disinterest in hay (all that chewing would be uncomfortable). That can be a pricey procedure to treat, but isn't really dangerous if treated. You'd probably need it done every 6-12 months at a cost between 300 and 600 USD. If it's taken this long for that problem to arise, he might be fine for longer than 12 months with one treatment. I would do bi-annual vet visits to keep track of his teeth if it turns out to be this.

Based on what you said, I think he'll be fine. Try not to worry before tomorrow.


User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
New Brunswick, Canada
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7/16/2012 2:07 AM
He may just have a bit of gastric upset. I would try giving him some simethicone. It cant hurt, at least. It could definitely be teeth problems or something like an oral abscess. If you havent been to the vet yet, try to keep him hydrated until you do. Please let us know what the vet says.

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User is Offline ScooterandAnnette
Winnipeg, Canada
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7/16/2012 3:31 AM
Hi all. Scooter here. Some not-good news. Got up this morning, and Bailey's teeth grinding is very loud. His right eye is also very swollen and dry, and doesn't seem to be blinking. He was not interested in their breakfast banana.

The vet doesn't open until 8 AM. We fear the worst. I've canceled all my appointments for today. We are not sure if he will make it til 8 AM.

The one good thing we can say, is that he got pissed off at us holding him and wanted down. So he still has some fight!
Pet Parents to: Aeryn, Tegan, Keelie, and Kiera (bunnies); Harley, Sierra, Ringo and Owen (cats); Dakota (dog). We miss our Rainbow Bunnies: Keiran, Kylie, Reno, Carbun, Kaylee and our boy Bailey.

User is Offline Sarita
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7/16/2012 3:33 AM
Huge vibes to Bailey - please keep us updated. That does not sound good about the right eye...keeping positive that you will make it to the vet soon and find out what is going on with Bailey.

User is Offline ScooterandAnnette
Winnipeg, Canada
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7/16/2012 4:11 AM
Scooter here. We called the vet right when they opened, and have a 12:30 appointment. Bailey may not make it til then. His condition seems to have stabilized somewhat, although it's far from good. He is mostly lying there, his teeth grinding is on and off, and he will occasionally try to hop off, possibly to find a quiet place to pass on. His hopping is erratic, he either cannot see or has poor motor control or both.

However, he still has some fight because he just charged the dog, who was getting into his face.
Pet Parents to: Aeryn, Tegan, Keelie, and Kiera (bunnies); Harley, Sierra, Ringo and Owen (cats); Dakota (dog). We miss our Rainbow Bunnies: Keiran, Kylie, Reno, Carbun, Kaylee and our boy Bailey.

User is Offline Sarita
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7/16/2012 4:14 AM
It makes me wonder if he has an inner ear infection? More vibes for Bailey - don't give up hope it sounds like he still has some spunk in him.

User is Offline bunnyfriend
Wisconsin
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7/16/2012 4:33 AM
I don't really have any advice to offer but I just wanted to send some vibes for Bailey!! I hope he is okay and well get better soon.
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User is Offline ScooterandAnnette
Winnipeg, Canada
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7/16/2012 4:48 AM
Annette here. We're sad to report that Bailey didn't make it. As with the others, as soon as I'd made arrangements with the vet to take him in, he was gone. He put up quite a fight, but it was just his time. I think he might actually have had a stroke during the night because that entire side of his face was kind of "off", his eye wasn't moving at all and he didn't have the same kind of motor control or reaction on that side. He went fairly quickly, and died with us right there with him.

And when Scooter picked him up after he was gone, Bailey's final act was to pee on him - which is quite fitting because it was also Bailey's FIRST act when we were looking at him as a baby.

Scooter, of course, is berating himself for not taking Bailey in to the vet last week when he started to show less of an interest in food, but I keep telling him that since Bailey was still eating, and drinking, and moving about and being bossy and not showing any signs of pain that the vet would have just said "you're bringing your senior bunny in because he's eating slightly less food?" It wasn't until last night that his eating really became an issue.

You know the phrase "quick like a bunny"? It's true. Bunnies do things quickly. They find places in your heart quickly, and sometimes they're gone just as quickly. Binky free Bailey, we love you.
- Annette
Pet Parents to: Aeryn, Tegan, Keelie, and Kiera (bunnies); Harley, Sierra, Ringo and Owen (cats); Dakota (dog). We miss our Rainbow Bunnies: Keiran, Kylie, Reno, Carbun, Kaylee and our boy Bailey.

User is Offline Sarita
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7/16/2012 4:50 AM
Hugs Annette and Scooter - I was hoping for better.

I will light a candle for Bailey. I'm glad you were there to comfort him as he passed on.

User is Offline jerseygirl
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7/16/2012 5:11 AM
Scooter & Annette, I'm sorry to be reading of your Bailey passing. You are so right, they get so quickly into the heart! It reminds me to cherish every day we have with them.

Binky Free Bailey!
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User is Offline Roberta
Wanneroo, Western Australia
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7/16/2012 5:13 AM

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User is Offline Quantum
Olympia, WA USA
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7/16/2012 8:05 AM
Binky free, Bailey and know that your humans loved you very much.

I'm so sorry, Annette.

User is Offline tobyluv
South Carolina
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7/16/2012 11:42 AM
I'm very sorry about the loss of your sweet Bailey.

User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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7/16/2012 12:06 PM
So sorry

Binky Free Bailey. Watch over your mama and papa from the other side of the Bridge.

User is Offline equalsign
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7/16/2012 12:51 PM

Scooter should not be berating himself. In my experience, vets usually cannot identify a problem until it's really manifested itself. It seems unlikely to me that anything could have been done before last night. Bunnies always seem to fall ill after the vet is closed.

If you think it was something microbial it might be worth it to have the vet take a look, for the sake of your other rabbits.

I am so sorry for your loss. Poor Bailey. I hope you and your family are able to recover from the loss soon.


User is Offline MimzMum
Interior Alaska
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7/16/2012 2:49 PM
I'm so sorry to see that Bailey has passed on.
((((((((Huge hugs))))))))))))) to you.
Binky free Bailey.
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User is Offline bullrider76543
Joplin MO
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7/16/2012 3:45 PM
We went through this a short time ago with Donna christopher( don't ask me Ihave a weird 18 yo). He was very underweight when we got him, but gained weight and was diong well. we left him and he was fine when we left and came back a fwe hours later and he passed on. we knew it wasnt long cause his body was still warm. the vet couldnt find anything wrong. but at least he is at peace across the rainbow bridge, so my heart goes out to your famly.
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User is Offline bunnyfriend
Wisconsin
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7/16/2012 6:36 PM
I am so sorry. It does sound like Bailey put up a good fight. Lots of hugs to you. Binky free Bailey
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User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
New Brunswick, Canada
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7/17/2012 2:08 AM
Im so very sorry you lost Bailey. May he always be in your heart.

((((Binky Free Sweet Bailey))))))
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