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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > RESCUE EFFORTS FOR SHELTERS > She's definitely pregnant!
Last Post by Hedi at 7/11/2007 5:35 AM (29 Replies)
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User is Offline Hedi
Dayton, OH
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6/12/2007 8:56 AM

I was at the shelter cleaning yesterday when an officer comes in with a bunny found in a trap. She is a brown dutch and HUGE! Bless her heart I had to get her to walk from one carrier to another and she did but it took forever. lol

I put her in an x-pen to kinda feel her out. I know nothing about pregnant rabbits but she is so big and she was firm from the waist down. Her back legs are spread out and she cant hardly get up. I begged our cat/dog vet yesterday to just look at her. She was definitely a girl and either had "an enlarged organ or pregnant." Yeah, that wasnt no organ-even I knew that! lol

So we got confirmation today she is pregnant and due any time. She is stuck in a front room for now so when I go in tomorrow I will ask she be moved to a back room where it will be quiet and she will be left alone to have babies. Still makes me nervous because neither of us (bunny guy) know anything about babies. They did this once before I got there but there was no complications. So I guess I will be reading up on this subject.

OH, and I got to name her! Hightlight of my day yesterday. We named her Carmella cause of her color. lol


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Carrera 6yo Mini Rex
Pookie 5yo Dwarf
Cooper 2yo old Mini Lop
Hooper (Hooptie) 2yo Mini Rex

User is Offline osprey
Los Altos, California
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6/12/2007 10:49 AM

Do you have a source for alfalfa hay?  Mom and soon enough the babies will need lots and lots of calories, and alfalfa is a good source.

 




User is Offline Hedi
Dayton, OH
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6/12/2007 12:22 PM

Right now we have a 25lb box of Timothy but no Alfalfa. I will ask the mgr tomorrow to go buy some that is only for her and the babies. It has been hard to get the shelter to understand how to care for different rabbits depending on age. She is due any time. Poor thing cant hardly get up. I did give her a box yesterday but I will need to make a better one tomorrow. I read that it needs to have a lip on the entrance so babies cant get out. I used a cardboard box so if it soils we can just throw it out and start over. I have given her tons of shredded newspaper and will do more tonight for her. The other problem is she is VERY overweight so she may not be able to pull any hair out for a nest. When I had her out monday she couldnt get both her paws to her face to wash.

I have read everything on rabbit.org and the Columbus HRS has offered to help with anything we need. We just need to make sure she is somewhere out of the way so she isnt bothered much. The place where our previous mom was who had babies before i was volunteering was put in the grooming room in the back. It is where all the linens are so people in and out all day long as well as peoples dogs they bring to work with them (pet peeve of mine).  Also the bathtub for bathing and where all the toys are kept.

I tried to talk my husband in to letting me bring her home and put her in the basement away from all our animals who are on our second floor but he said no.



Carrera 6yo Mini Rex
Pookie 5yo Dwarf
Cooper 2yo old Mini Lop
Hooper (Hooptie) 2yo Mini Rex

User is Offline cookie627
Naperville, IL
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6/14/2007 1:08 PM
Wow porr little momma. But she is very cute!!!!!!


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User is Offline Hedi
Dayton, OH
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6/14/2007 1:28 PM

I will post pics when she gives birth. I was there today and she was very irritable, swatting at me and not letting me clean her cage. I picked her up and put her down outside her cage, left the room and came back and she had jumped back in. lol So i think she knows its close and she is getting territorial. Im excited. These will be the first baby buns I have ever seen/cared for. She has a nesting box i made for her and she seems to understand what its for. So hopefully everything will go smooth for her.



Carrera 6yo Mini Rex
Pookie 5yo Dwarf
Cooper 2yo old Mini Lop
Hooper (Hooptie) 2yo Mini Rex

User is Offline cookie627
Naperville, IL
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6/14/2007 2:36 PM
Ohh!!! I'm so happy for you and the soon-to-be-momy-bun!!!!!!!! I wonder how the babbies will look like!!! Oh rats!!! you live in OH. I would think i could foster some. Maybe even adopt!!! Poopy


My adorable baby
Cookie 1 year old

User is Offline Hedi
Dayton, OH
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6/14/2007 3:57 PM

lol Well, you arent that far from me. It will be interesting to see what they end up looking like. Our last babies were a mix of an english spot and lop eared bunny so they were cute. Im excited to see what we have. She is so big we may have a lot of them.



Carrera 6yo Mini Rex
Pookie 5yo Dwarf
Cooper 2yo old Mini Lop
Hooper (Hooptie) 2yo Mini Rex

User is Offline MooBunnay
Dallas, Texas (Allen)
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6/15/2007 4:46 AM
Thats so exciting! I just love my teeny little babies. That bunny is sooooo pretty, I can't believe that no one is looking for her. I really don't want to believe that someone would send a pregnant bunny out onto the streets alone



User is Offline BunMumTiff
Brampton Ontario
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6/15/2007 6:06 AM
I would hope not, but you know as sad as it is someone probley wasnt smart and did not want babies people are just horrid like that


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Oreo:2.5 YO French Lop

User is Offline BunMumTiff
Brampton Ontario
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6/15/2007 6:06 AM
I would hope not, but you know as sad as it is someone probley wasnt smart and did not want babies people are just horrid like that


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Dora: R.I.P
Oreo:2.5 YO French Lop

User is Offline Hedi
Dayton, OH
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6/15/2007 1:07 PM

The police found her in an animal trap they had set. From what the shelter told me this particular police force sets out these traps on  a regular basis in the same areas for loose cats and dogs.

Carmella is SO fat and so far along she has a hard time standing up and even walking far. So I just dont see how she ended up in that trap without some help! It just doesn't make much sense to me.

Either way, I'm glad she is with us and I think she understands she is in good hands. She is actually litter trained from what I can tell-goes in one area only in her cage and she likes to lay half in/out of her nesting box. She hasnt soiled it at all. She even plays with her toys which is just so cute!

She really is sweet but just so uncomfortable-poor thing.



Carrera 6yo Mini Rex
Pookie 5yo Dwarf
Cooper 2yo old Mini Lop
Hooper (Hooptie) 2yo Mini Rex

User is Offline BunMumTiff
Brampton Ontario
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6/15/2007 4:29 PM
people like you are wonderful. Lucky bunny to be in such caring hand at thetime she needs love the most


Bun Mum to:
Dora: R.I.P
Oreo:2.5 YO French Lop

User is Offline MooBunnay
Dallas, Texas (Allen)
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6/16/2007 2:55 AM
Yes I agree - that bunny is so fortunate that you started working with that humane society! She sounds like such a sweetie, and she's so pretty! I can picture her walking around with a little line of teeny dutch buns behind her



User is Offline Hedi
Dayton, OH
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6/19/2007 9:58 AM

This has been one of those days!

Two vets said Carmella was pregnant and one in today said she was not pregnant. For some strange reason they decided to spay her today-have no idea why. They called me to tell me she made it thru surgery but her uterus was 2in in diameter all the way around. When I asked about cancer they said they didnt know? We have no idea how old this bun is but her stomach was hard as a rock.

Our shelter has no 24/7 staffing and if a cat or dog isnt doing well after 6pm they are moved to an emergency overnight clinic. None in this area take buns.

So I am gonna go here in an hour or so and pick Carmella up and bring her home overnight. With her being morbidly obese the surgery really shouldnt have been done and we have other rabbits that DO need to be fixed so not sure why they chose to do Carmella ahead of everyone else. I think they intended to abort the babies if she was pregnant but she wasnt.

SO, I will have a bun here overnight. I was instructed by HRS that if she isnt doing well when I go back to volunteer at the shelter in the morning that I will need to keep her an additional night. We were supposed to have a plan in place for this but not sure what happened. HOpefully she does ok tonight because we have no place to take her if she goes bad.



Carrera 6yo Mini Rex
Pookie 5yo Dwarf
Cooper 2yo old Mini Lop
Hooper (Hooptie) 2yo Mini Rex

User is Offline BunMumTiff
Brampton Ontario
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6/19/2007 4:25 PM
aww sorry to hear your poor buny is having a rough go. I am srue she will do amazing and pull through surgery is rough on some and nothing to others.

I wish u a safe and healthy night with Carm


Bun Mum to:
Dora: R.I.P
Oreo:2.5 YO French Lop

User is Offline cookie627
Naperville, IL
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6/20/2007 12:10 AM
Hedi are you saying that a rock is in her stomach?


My adorable baby
Cookie 1 year old

User is Offline Hedi
Dayton, OH
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6/20/2007 4:47 AM

There were no rocks in her stomach but it was just really really firm if you pushed on her tummy. Her uterus was enlarged and they said she is just full of fatty tissue inside. She is eating just a little and drinking and I finally got some urine out of her. Shes investigating my kitchen right now. lol



Carrera 6yo Mini Rex
Pookie 5yo Dwarf
Cooper 2yo old Mini Lop
Hooper (Hooptie) 2yo Mini Rex

User is Offline wendyzski
Chicago, IL
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6/20/2007 8:40 AM

Awww poor thing - sounds like she was headed for uterine cancer if it wasn't already.  Hopefully you can get her down to a healthier weight too.




User is Offline Hedi
Dayton, OH
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6/20/2007 9:13 AM

well, i am just so upset and aggrevated because we had another bun who has been at the shelter for months now who needs to be fixed and was healthy enough for surgery. This poor girl weighs 7.8lb and she is a dutch rabbit so she is 2-3lb overweight and for an animal shes twice her weight-she would be having gastric surgery if she was a person!

Ive been talking with the HRS here and the mgr of course was upset that surgery was even done but I was overruled by the director at the shelter-hopefully (and sadly) this will be a bunny lesson for him.

They said her uterus was big and when I asked if there was cancer the vet tech said, " I dont know? I think the vet would have said if she had it?" So who knows. HOpefully not. If she did and it was self contained she "should' be fine from what HRS told me. But if it had already spread-something they should have been able to see-then we are in trouble.

Im having a hard time getting her to eat anything at all. I have forced some pellet ground up in water down her a few times. She ate a piece of lettuce and half a banana slice yesterday. I have gotten a total of 2 poos and 2 spots of pee out of her in a 21hr period. I have called and BOTH bunny vets in town are out for the day.

HRS website says as long as they are eating something, anything their bowels should continue to move. HOpefully the pellets I push down her will work.

Poor thing, overweight and abdominal surgery are a bad mix.



Carrera 6yo Mini Rex
Pookie 5yo Dwarf
Cooper 2yo old Mini Lop
Hooper (Hooptie) 2yo Mini Rex

User is Offline Lucy
Chicago, IL
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6/20/2007 11:48 AM
i would suggest getting critical care from oxbow- I don't know if there is someplace nearby that you can pick it up from. That's what the vet gave me when Fujoe had GI Stasis- there's just a lot of nutrients in it.

I know that you can buy it on-line, but I don't know how long it would be for you to get it.


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