contains information about what I have learned from living with a
house rabbit for about a year and a half. Believe me, it is
plenty. As of this moment our little mini lop is in the animal
hospital fighting for his life. He has ingested Pelon and it
has formed a mass in his stomach and cannot be passed through his
system. He has a tube down his throat and is being hydrated and
medicated to try to break the mass apart. Surgery is not recommended
because of fragility of rabbits. The report for today was that he is
improving but still is critical and it can still go either way.
Awfully careless of them to leave something like that laying about you say?
Not the case at all. We don't even have any in the house that he
can get at, or so we thought. He has taken to hiding under my
Mom's bed again and little did we know that he could find
something there that could threaten his very life. It seems that
there is a thick Pelon covering on the bottom of the box springs. What we
didn't realize was that he wasn't just tearing it up but
actually swallowing it. It seems that the opening from a rabbit's
stomach to his intestines is really quite small and anything of
size that won't dissolve cannot pass through and will kill the
rabbit. We think this was about a week to two weeks ago, can't
really remember. The interesting aspect of the whole thing is
Snuggle E.'s penchant for chewing allowed us to find out before
he died but he was very close the night he first got really sick. I
have a decorative whicker antique baby stroller that has a canvas
hood that is painted with black paint. He decided to take a hunk
out of the hood part. When my husband was doing his daily brush
out Snuggle E. licked the sheet he was sitting on and he left a
black mark where he licked. It was the paint and it wasn't color
fast. Something I had never even thought of. It's not something
in a rabbit's normal range of tricks. He must have been feeling
the need of something with the mass in his stomach to chew on it.
It also is higher than he ordinarily would reach to chew. He
started to look ill and very listless. We thought he had been poisoned
by the paint and glue which could have been a factor but
not what was making him really sick. He got so bad at one point
that he was sprawled out with all four legs out to the side like he
had been squashed. I'm sure he was really close to death at that point.
He was dehydrated but not knowing this and thinking he was poisoned we decided
to take an eye dropper and give him some water to dilute the effects of
the paint. My husband also gave him some oil from vitamin E and A capsules
thinking the oil might help absorb any toxins. After an hour or so of doing
this, he started to perk up just a bit. He wasn't flattened out any longer
but still a definite candidate for the vet's office. What happened in fact
was that the water and vitamin oil we gave him helped get his stomach working
somewhat again which saved him from immediately dying. If this chain of events
had not occurred two nights ago, we would have a deceased bunny at this time
instead of one with a chance to live.
for doing this particular page is to warn everyone that has house
bunnies or plans on getting any to be sure to check all corners
of your house to see what he can get into. Do it from his level.
Check the under side of your mattresses and furniture for separations, etc.
It might even be a good idea to pull apart a section of the covering yourself
to see what is in the box springs. It can be glued or stapled back but better
safe than sorry. A bunny is a Personality on testosterone. In other words,
they have so much personality, it's like they are actually human. They speak
to you with their eyes and expressions and when they die it leaves a tremendous
hole in your heart. Between Babbit and Snuggle E., we have replaced or repaired
every phone line, every speaker wire, most of the lamps, some computer cords, a
heating pad cord, a sewing machine cord and pinned up the skirt on the backside
of the couch and love seat. Snuggle has torn the paper off of book covers, torn
three holes in a blanket left on the floor and peed on everything in sight. All
the cords now are incased in heavy plastic tubing, tacked up or taped up to walls
and furniture. He started to chew the wall up where a TV cable came through it
with no cover plate. We have found a very good deterrent to that though. My husband
will wet the area he wants him to leave alone with a spray bottle of water and then
rub either black or cayenne pepper on the spot. He has not bothered again any of
the spots that have been treated.
We have a
wide range of toys available for him to play with so it isn't
just boredom and he has the run of the entire house and is never
left alone. There is almost always someone here. There are two
cats he loves to harass also. It's just in their nature and
unfortunately can be their undoing. They say when child proofing
a house you need to look at it from a child's level and you really
need to do that for a bunny. It will be a good work out for sure
but necessary. Take it from our experience and protect your
little bundles of fluff and love before you have a tragedy too.
We are hoping for the best and tomorrow, May 28 will be the
turning point. If he starts to pass them by tomorrow, he has a
chance to survive. If not....
Snuggle E. Bunny came home today to die. He was not able to pass the blockage
and left us just before 6 PM PDT on May 28, 1999. He gave us so much love and
lived up to his name to the very end. He wanted to be picked up and held and
then died in my husband's arms. He will be so very missed. There will never
be another quite like my little Snuggy.