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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BEHAVIOR > Losing my bun and helpless to stop it cuz broke :(
Last Post by Jenna, Chubs & Comet at 8/12/2012 9:54 PM (39 Replies)
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User is Offline chromashadows
Southern Illinois
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7/18/2012 5:46 AM

 I think my bun is dying. He hasn't moved from his litter box in over a day now. I pulled his back legs up checking for flystrike (he'd NEVER let me do that before even if his tail were on fire: he haaaates being picked up, period.) and there is none. I shushhed him out of the box last night and tried to give him his fave treats, plus lettuce that he usually jumps on and no response. still there today. He did sleep on my bed til I woke up and then he slowly moved back to the box, foregoing food and water still. I called the vet in town and let the answering woman know my money situation which is zero income right now and was told she's off today and they can't see Bunny Bean til tomorrow morning.

Maybe that was their way to push me away due to being zero income.   I did hear the door open while I was on the phone with them so obviously they're taking people. ;_;

 

What can I do for him? He's only a year and a half old.

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User is Offline jerseygirl
Australia
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7/18/2012 6:09 AM
I'm sorry to hear he's not doing well. Can you call vet back and ask about payment plans? Are there other vets in your town? Some take CareCredit which I believe you can apply for online. But it sounds like Bunny Bean needs to be seen ASAP.

Do you have a local rabbit rescue nearby? Perhaps the people there could advise you.

Has he been pooing at all? Can you hear any tummy noises if you put your ear to his stomach?

How do his ears feel? Colder then normal or overly hot?
Is it very warm in your home at the moment?

{{{{vibes!}}}}
Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline chromashadows
Southern Illinois
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7/18/2012 6:24 AM
Thank you for the reply. Usually I have money; just you know how the worst case happens when you're flat broke

She's the only vet in town but I'll take your advice and call back soon as I post this and inquire. No rescues far as I know. It's a tiny wee town in the middle of nowhere so we're limited. Lucky to have a bun savvy vet here <3
He has been pooping - though I Have to clean the box out for him so I can have an accurate assessment. I was so worried last night the cleaning slipped my mind. :/ I have not tried the ear to tummy thing so I'll do that. I have the AC on in my room at 70 so it's nice and cool in here. And his ears normally are warm but are not warm, but not cool either right now. Definitely less temp than the normal.
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User is Offline jerseygirl
Australia
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7/18/2012 6:29 AM
Oh good that he's been pooping. That's good!
Is he able to access water easily? Does he use a bottle or bowl?

How about how he is moving? Anything unusual?

I wonder if his teeth are giving him trouble or he's got some other source of pain?

The litterbox is where mine sit also, when they're not feeling well.
Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline Sarita
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7/18/2012 6:33 AM
Can you make a slurry from his pellets and try to syringe feed him?

Cleaning the box is a good idea to see if he is actually pooping.


User is Offline Sarita
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7/18/2012 6:38 AM
Do you have a credit card you can put the vet bills on until you get some money?

User is Offline chromashadows
Southern Illinois
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7/18/2012 7:14 AM
Lots of questions to come back to. I'm rather upset at the vet as they told me again I can not come til tomorrow morning. To me that seems vicious.

No credit card sadly. I'll see if one of my three friends can help out though they're pretty broke right now themselves (pay day isn't for a while yet for them).

Moving: right as I sent the last reply, he suddenly jumped out of his cage, did a half oval, stopped and went 'non moving' bun again, then slinked back to the box. I gently lifted him out (another no no usually. We don't pick Bun up unless we want clawing, heh) and cleaned the box. He's now just outside the cage, I have a bowl of water (usually it's from a bottle but I noticed it's not delivering like it used to despite having nothing abscessing the ball etc) in front of him, as well as lettuce, pellets and a treat. He DID just take a wee sip of water but hasn't shown much interest before or since.

I'm going to find out if the vet has an emergency number. WHY i never thought of that but just now beats me. :/ She's amazing on cost: last time I took him there end of June, she checked for sore hocks (Which are cleared up now. I may use that syringe to try to feed him some water and mushed pellets as suggested UNLESS that's not wise syringe wise. It WAS used for sore hocks meds), I had her check him fully all over, temp and belly check etc, plus trim his nails, checked his teeth and they are fine - and the total bill was 27.23 along with a supremely healthy bun.

I just don't get why they're putting this off. Of course the operator made mention that she knew nothing of rabbits herself. I'll call back again (they'll no doubt see me just to shut me up, haha. But I'm a worried upset angry bunny mommy. My loved one is ill and I can't just wait. Gotta wait for a car ride but maybe I'll just pack him up and GO anyway.) I'm scared to wait til tomorrow morning. I really am.
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User is Offline chromashadows
Southern Illinois
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7/18/2012 7:18 AM
oh god he's trying to hop and legs are shaking and no traction (Though it is on the non carpeted part of my floor) and that's it. I'm getting hold of my friend at the store and taking him now. I'm going to call them, tell them im bringing him in and we're going. I can't take seeing this.
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User is Offline jerseygirl
Australia
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7/18/2012 7:24 AM
Is he a Rex? He looks like a Rex in your picture and they are more at risk of developing sore hocks. Have you been able to check them? Maybe that us why he's staying in the box... It could be mire comfortable there.

What med was he given for that?

Goodluck with the vet office. I hope you can get him seen.
Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline jerseygirl
Australia
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7/18/2012 7:26 AM
Also, since it's not long since you were last there, they may book you in as a follow up which could be a reduced fee. Fingers crossed!
Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline chromashadows
Southern Illinois
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7/18/2012 7:30 AM
can't go in. She is NOT there and they have no way to contact her. This is KILLING me. He's on my bed just lying there so lethargic. I'm watching my baby die and I can't do a THING about it until tomorrow morning at 8am. Three days ago I was told my student loans dried up and I can't finish my bachelors degree til I pay off the 57k I owe them so far. And now I'm losing my bun.

I feel so lost and like this horrible person who's just watching my baby go. I can't do this. I can't.
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User is Offline Sarita
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7/18/2012 7:33 AM
Do they have a vet they can refer you to? Most vets do that if they are not in.

User is Offline chromashadows
Southern Illinois
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7/18/2012 7:39 AM
hey have one that's about 1.5 hours away and no one I know has the gas to take me there god I hate watching this. Why today of all days? I hear nothing in his tum when I listen. He an't even lift his head. sorry spelign im in tears
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User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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7/18/2012 7:48 AM
Even a non-rabbit vet could give care to a rabbit, at the very least some fluids to keep him hydrated. I would start calling other offices and seeing if anyone can see him today.
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User is Offline tanlover14
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7/18/2012 7:52 AM
Healing vibes to your sick bun. I hope everything gets cleared up or he can at least get help! It just seems wrong for a vet to turn away a sick animal especially when rabbits are so sensitive. Let us know how everything goes.
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User is Offline chromashadows
Southern Illinois
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7/18/2012 8:09 AM
He just passed.
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User is Offline bullrider76543
Joplin MO
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7/18/2012 8:13 AM
I am sooooo sorry to hear that, I am praying for your bun and you. (((((Healling Vibes))))))
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User is Offline jerseygirl
Australia
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7/18/2012 8:13 AM

I'm so so sorry.
Binky Free little one.
Whoever says "It's only a rabbit" has obviously never loved a rabbit.

User is Offline FrankieFlash
Michigan
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7/18/2012 8:45 AM
I'm so sorry Chromashadows. *Hugs*

((Binky free Bunny Bean))

User is Offline RabbitPam
South Florida
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7/18/2012 9:06 AM
I am so sorry for your loss.

For our members who are reading this terrible situation for you, I want to add that if you ever find yourself with a sick bunny and are delayed by your vet for any reason, and it's an emergency, you can take your bunny in to the nearest general veterinarian and explain what is wrong. As Beka mentioned, any vet knows basics that may help, so if there is something they can do for you, it's a good idea to try. That includes any small cat/dog vet in a strip mall a mile away. They are still certified to practice and have multiple animal knowledge. You can turn to the yellow pages in a crisis.

But in all fairness, bunnies are very good at hiding illness, and often take a turn for the worse very, very quickly. That's why we say to call a vet if you even suspect something is wrong, even before writing to us here. They exhibit very subtle symptoms, so sometimes you can call a vet for advice first, and get their opinion on whether you should bring your bunny in. It can happen this fast, and is truly heartbreaking.
{{{{{{{{{{{Hugs to you, Chromashadows}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}
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