Monday, June 26, 2017

Behavior unbecoming a healthy bunny

As has been written here before, unfortunately, too many times:
You need to know your bunny's personality so you know when they are sick.

Bunnies can get deathly ill very quickly. Bunnies are prey animals -- they instinctively know that predators seek the weakest. Therefore, a sick bunny will expend all his energy trying to keep up the appearance of being a healthy rabbit. When they finally give in, they can go downhill rapidly.

Bunya's behavior was off.

Bunya is laying in some hay that Ethel likes
that we had put in the pen for her, as if he's in a nest.
He did not come for his favorite treat.

Ethel stands guard over Bunya.
This is not a normal hang-out location for him.

Bunya moved to another isolated spot,
not a usual corner for him to lay down.

We tried simethicone (for gas) and water; he had taken metoclopramide (a pro-motility medicine). However, it didn't help and he ended up in his "I am really hurting" pose, where he is laying in the litter box pressing his stomach so it is almost curving, against the litter. This is not a normal behavior for him; he doesn't hang out here and it's like he's communicating quite clearly with us how he's feeling.

So Bunya is at the vet, which brings us some relief and, happily, him, too.

Since Ethel has been through it herself so recently, we kept her home until we knew he would be coming home (tomorrow). We didn't want to stress her but we will drop her off tomorrow morning to re-bond with Bunya at the vet during the day. Then we will pick them up together in the afternoon. We find this works best with them.

Get better, Bunya. We love you and miss you.
So does Ethel...

... although she appears to be enjoying that break. Grooming Mr. B must be exhausting. And she is so influenced by his behavior. When we put a few pellets in their pen before we leave for work or go to bed, alpha bun Bunya will chase Ethel out of the way so he gets first crack at them (food aggressive behavior he learned from Alice). Ethel has a couple of routes she dashes to avoid him.

He's not here but when I put the pellets in the bowl, Ethel still runs her pattern, like she was going long to catch a pass. Habits are hard to break.

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day

Some 'nanner might get that look, too.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day

Bunny care - Carrots are a treat. A little slice is plenty. For a human, it would be like eating a donut. However, carrot tops are a great green that bunnies love.

Check out the Funny Bunny Memes page here.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day

Wishing you a safe and fun Memorial Day.
Remember those who died while serving in the country's armed forces.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Memorial Day

Hi, there. Bunya here.
Here are some holiday rules and cautions:
Don't drink and drive.
Don't text and drive.
Don't drink and text (you can get in a lot of trouble).
When boating, wear a big orange life vest (you humans look so funny in those).
Play with your bunnies and give them lots of treats!

Have a safe & wonderful holiday weekend!

And thank the members of the armed forces, past and present,
that we have the freedom to celebrate.

"Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces." [Link: Wikipedia]

Monday, May 15, 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day! Especially to all the bunny mommas (and daddies).

If they are lucky, they come from the rescue shelter.

GHRS rescued bunnies: Zazzle (the Mommy) and babies

Zazzle and babies seemed appropriate to include on Mother's Day.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bunny care: Ethel to the vet

This is another post about "Monitor your bunny's mood".

We give treats to our bunnies for a few reasons, like:
We love them.
Some treats are healthy.
Also, and perhaps most important, when the bunny is not enthusiastic about the treat, this may be an early indicator that something is wrong. As in: Get to the vet - fast.

Ethel was exhibiting several variations on her usual "happy treat" self. One time, she came out for the treat, but didn't eat it - she licked it across the floor until Bunya finished his treat and came over to see if she had any leftovers. He got it all. She was interested but just couldn't close the deal.

Another time she did not even come out for the treat. However, when we were cleaning their pen, she seemed fine, doing some little binkies and NASbunnies (aka Buntona 500s). So we were getting mixed signals.

If GI stasis is starting, the bunny may not eat. As an experiment, we tried breaking the treat into little pieces, to make it easier for her to eat. She scarfed them down.

Ethel eating her Probios treat
once it was in smaller pieces and easier to eat.

For the next test, we mixed some Critical Care. Ethel is particular. Well, so is Bunya. We have to give Bunya his in a syringe. Ethel likes it and will eat it, but only out of "her" spoon.

Ethel scoping out her spoon of Critical Care.


As another test of interest in food/treats, we offered Ethel something soft, i.e., easy to eat. Of course, as alpha bunny, Bunya had to have a bite first... he was just making sure it was tasty enough for Ethel (Yeah, right). Ethel also enjoyed the soft banana.

(That one bite was a treat size portion - no more after what you saw in the video.)

Since Ethel (1) seemed relatively happy, versus in pain, (2) showed an interest in treats and food, and (3) actually ate when the treats and food were soft or in tiny pieces, we were thinking this might be tooth related. In any case, a trip to the vet was in order.

And yup, Ethel had "points" digging into her tongue, which made eating pellets and Probios very painful and difficult. A short procedure under anesthesia to remove the points and she was pretty much back to normal. 

Don't you love it when the dentist gets you all geared up
and then starts asking you
"So, how are things going? How have you been?"
"Ugh, A've 'een 'ine. 'ow ughou' oo?"
As usual, we took Bunya to the vet with Ethel; they spent the day together while the vet observed Ethel to make sure she recovered from the anesthesia and was eating. We take them together to help preserve their bond... don't want one coming home smelling strange, like the vet's office, and then start fighting when re-introduced.

Once there are teeth issues, have your rabbit-savvy vet check your bunny at least every six months or if you see the types of indicators described above. No teeth issues for Ethel for six years, but now that they started, her teeth have to be monitored regularly.

Just another adventure in bunny-dom.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day

People think they are funny and they are not. Save this meme so when someone makes a comment, you can post or show them this in response.

Lots of funny bunny memes are on the Rabbit Ramblings Funny Bunny Memes page.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Cinco de Mayo bunny

"Isn't it weird that Cinco de Mayo occurs
on the same exact date every year?"

This bunny looks like he disapproves of this sombrero... probably rather chew it than wear it.
If you celebrate, have fun and be safe!

[If you want to know what Cinco de Mayo celebrates, read here.]

[Bunny picture found on internet with no credit. If you know the source, please put a link in the comments. Thank you.]

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Bunya street sign in Australia

A Rabbit Ramblings fan from Perth, Western Australia just send me this wonderful street sign.  How cool is that!?

For the origin of Bunya's name, read this post.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Rescue Me

The shelters are flooded with wonderful, adoptable bunnies looking for their forever home.

"Rescue Me"
(C. Smith - R. Miner)

Rescue me
Take me in your arms
Rescue me
I want your tender charm
'Cause I'm lonely
And I'm blue
I need you
And your love too
Come on and rescue me

Come on, baby, and rescue me
Come on, baby, and rescue me
'Cause I need you by my side
Can't you see that I'm lonely

Rescue me
Come on and take my heart
Take your love and conquer every part
'Cause I'm lonely
And I'm blue
I need you
And your love too
Come on and rescue me

Come on, baby, and rescue me
Come on, baby, and rescue me
'Cause I need you by my side
Can't you see that I'm lonely

Rescue me
Take me in your arms
Rescue me
I want your tender charm
'Cause I'm lonely
And I'm blue
I need you
And your love too
Come on and rescue me

(Come on baby)
Take me baby (take me baby)
Hold me baby (hold me baby)
Love me baby (love me baby)
Can't you see I need you baby
Can't you see that I'm lonely

Rescue me
Come on and take my hand
C'mon, baby and be my man
'Cause I love you
'Cause I want you
Can't you see that I'm lonely

Mmm-hmm (mmm-hmm)
Mmm-hmm (mmm-hmm)
Take me baby (take me baby)
Love me baby (love me baby)
Need me baby (need me baby)
Mmm-hmm (mmm-hmm)
Can't you see that I'm lonely

Educational Monday Meme*day

Maybe not so much Funny Bunny Monday Meme*day as Educational Meme*day.
#BunnyCare #RabbitCare

Bottom left give you the best control if the bunny is squirmy or anxious. Both bottom methods show supporting the bunnies bottom.

Artist's Instagram account - check it out - really cute stuff.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

(No cost to you) Bunny Rescue Fundraising Challenge

Rabbit Ramblings will donate funds to rescue rabbits based on the net increase in RR page "Likes" on its Facebook page by May 31, 2017. New Likes = $1 [Starting Likes count is 13,131.]

The Easter bunny rejects/releases started on Easter and GHRS rescued 6 bunnies - no holiday break for the volunteers. Yesterday, another four were saved, but not before injuries. --------------->

If you have already "Liked" RR (thank you), then tell your bunny friends to "Like" RR on Facebook, re-post the challenge or "share" it from the RR Facebook page. (Non-bunny people will “un-like” it and that gets us nowhere.)

P.S. On this page, there's a "Like Us on Facebook" button near the top of the right hand column, under the Pages list. The donation is for increased "page likes" (versus individual posts on the Facebook page - but you can "Like" those, too). FB comments are welcome, as are pictures of your bunnies being cute or mischievous, things that lend itself to a caption/meme.

If you would like to make a donation yourself, that would be generous and wonderful. No amount is too small - it all adds up and helps save bunnies.
Thank You!

Maximum Likes donation = $1,000.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Snuggle Bunnies

After an exhausting "No live bunnies for Easter" campaign, Ethel and Bunya are relaxing in their favorite box (under their elevated princess bed).

#BondedBunnnies #SnuggleBunnies #AdoptDontShop