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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HOUSE RABBIT Q & A > Worried about taking my bunny to vet
Last Post by CinnabunMom at 11/03/2012 2:56 PM (25 Replies)
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User is Offline buttercup86
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10/31/2012 3:04 PM

Hello! I just adopted my bunny from the humane society a week ago. I am taking him to the vet on Friday as the shelter recommended, however he is a very scared and shy bunny. I have made so much progress with him in the last week, he lets me pet him on the floor now and he loves running around my entire apartment and binkies like crazy! I am scared it is too soon to take him to the vet as it will stress him out and he will regress back to the very scared, shy, timid rabbit he was the first couple days he was here.

Should I take him to the vet this soon or wait a couple more weeks?

Any advice would be appreciated this is my first bunny!


User is Offline Monkeybun
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10/31/2012 4:27 PM
I would take him in, he may be grumpy for a bit after, but he'll be fine.

User is Offline kinggoblin
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10/31/2012 4:42 PM
I would take him, I had to take mine not long after getting him because he had ear mites and he was fine after. A piece of fruit made him forgive me

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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11/01/2012 1:13 AM
Agreed. My bun Olivia gets super stressed when we go to the vet but after a few hours at home, she gets over it.
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User is Offline RabbitPam
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11/01/2012 2:25 AM
Everything is strange and not routine for him yet, so he will handle this with no more stress than he's had so far. Vets are very used to handling bunnies as well, so the vet will be able to examine him thoroughly and reassure you both. And if he needs some treatment, it's important to know asap.

Sometimes a bunny who is skittish around their human suddenly becomes clingy to their mama when at the vet. You may find it helps your bond a little, rather than make it worse. And yes, a treat when you are home will go a long way to make him forget the whole thing.
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User is Offline tanlover14
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11/01/2012 8:18 AM
I definitely agree with RabbitPam. When I took my first baby boy to the vet -- he clung to me like there was NO tomorrow when the vet finished with him. He snuggled next to me for the first time ever when that happened. When you take him, he may see you as the only normal, comfortable thing there and quickly cling.

And definitely treat time for his good behavior (or bad!). It's all new to him. And you may be surprised at how happy he will be to be home after the whole process is over. Put some hay in there for the ride to and from the vet! Even if he doesn't eat it. And maybe a towel or a favorite stuffed animal (if he has one) to cuddle with! Maybe you could get him used to one before the ride also so he has something else that is familiar around him?
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User is Offline tanlover14
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11/01/2012 8:19 AM
Also, my other baby boy bun was so pissed after they checked him over that he dug into his towel for a good hour... I couldn't help laughing hysterically at the anger radiating from his little body. How DARE a measly hooman touch me like that.. How Dare They...
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User is Offline Elrohwen
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11/01/2012 9:27 AM
I'm sure he'll be fine! If he's settled in and become less timid in only a week, he honestly isn't a very shy bunny. Really shy bunnies take months and months to come out of their shells, so he's probably pretty normal and will bounce back quickly after the vet.

Going to the vet will always be stressful, so waiting a few weeks won't make it any easier for him.
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User is Offline buttercup86
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11/01/2012 10:40 AM
Thank you everyone for the replies! They made me feel much better! I never thought of it that way that it may help our bond and I won't be the bad guy the vet will be lol.

User is Offline buttercup86
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11/02/2012 2:11 PM
So we just got back from the vet...he is very upset and not very active. I feel terrible everything was fine with his health but now I think he is emotionally scarred lol

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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11/03/2012 1:34 AM
Did he forgive you yet? No bunny likes going to the vet. Bindi has to go this morning and he will probably spend most of the rest of the day hiding in his house, mad at Momma.
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User is Offline buttercup86
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11/03/2012 2:52 AM
Well he was doing better last night but he is not eating...I'm very worried about him.he ate his treat last night but wants nothing to do with hay or pellets

User is Offline CinnabunMom
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11/03/2012 3:29 AM
Never underestimate the power of a raisin.

Just leave him be for awhile. He'll forgive you, just let him readjust to being back home. If he hasn't eaten anything by late this morning, then you can worry. But I remember after my first vet visit with Cinnabun, she moped for several hours.
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User is Offline buttercup86
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11/03/2012 4:50 AM
He still isn't eating... I might call the vet...

User is Offline CinnabunMom
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11/03/2012 5:35 AM
How long has it been since he ate? Will he eat anything? Veggies?
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User is Offline CinnabunMom
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11/03/2012 5:40 AM
Can you tell if he's uncomfortable? Has he used the litter box?
You might want to go ahead and call, just to be safe. Keep us updated now!
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User is Offline buttercup86
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11/03/2012 6:06 AM
He finally ate a couple pieces of parsley. Last night I noticed him going poo outside his litter box but I thought nothing of it because he was pretty upset about the vet. I think he just regressed a little bit...he is acting the exact same as when I first brought him home a week ago. I'm just panicking because he is my first bunny and I don't know a lot. He is still pooping and very active...thank you for the advice! I'm going to wait a couple more hours before calling the vet and see if he finishes his usual amount of veggies.

User is Offline CinnabunMom
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11/03/2012 7:57 AM
Since he's your first bun here are some things you may want to have on hand in case of emergencies. I find that bun get sick most on the weekends when our vets aren't open. ;-)

Critical Care (you can buy it from your vet)
Simethicone (infant strength, can be bought over the counter at any drug store)
An eye dropper if the Simethicone doesn't come with one, though most do.
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User is Offline RabbitPam
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11/03/2012 10:29 AM
How is he now? If he's very young, you don't want to try out new foods on him. You need him to ajust to a simple diet of greens (green leaf or romaine are easy, but never iceberg), some pellets, and unlimited hay. Don't try any new food for him for at least a week or two. He can have treats, such as raisins or a 1/4" slice of banana, but he will lose his appetite with just a few treats and ignore his good food. Watch for poops now, watch for pee, and see if he eats his greens.
If he still isn't eating some by now, call your vet and let her know.

Rabbits can be moody, but a rabbit sitting like a meat loaf, grinding his teeth, is a rabbit who is ill, not upset. Always rule out a physical cause before assuming an emotion like we have. A rabbit will not hold a grudge over a day or two. And that's rare once treats have been offered.
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User is Offline buttercup86
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11/03/2012 12:04 PM
He is about a year and a half...he ate his greens...no poop today...just gave him pellets at his usual time and now interest. He just stays in his cage. My gut is saying something isn't right...its just weird that all of this has happened after taking him to the vet. I'm going to see if the vet is open and call them.
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