Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Rabbit emergency

Sorry about the lack of an entry up to this point, but Nicole and I haven't had the greatest of days. Most people who read this blog know that I now live in White Pine, Tennessee but may not know that as a side business, Nicole and I have a small rabbitry. When a rabbit is seriously ill, most rabbitry owners try home cures and don't bother with the vet, because exotic vet bills often cost more than what the rabbits are actually worth. This is our policy with the exception of one of our rabbits: Our first one-who is solely a pet, unlike the others-a pearl grey mini-rex doe (female) we named Savannah.

Miss Savannah has not eaten in four days, and today when I tried to feed her, she wouldn't even nibble at her favorite foods (carrots and bananas). She is rapidly losing weight, and is drinking water like a thirsty camel, but is so weak she is content to lay in her own waste, something a healthy rabbit simply will not do. Our local vet recommended we take her to the University of Tennessee Veterinary Hospital.

I hope the fluid food and the anti-biotics they gave us are some help to her, but I do not know if she will live or not. When we brought her to UT we did not know what was wrong, and when we left we knew no different, the experts there could only do as we had done and harbor a good guess. I think this wouldn't be such a big deal if she weren't the foundation of our stock, our first rabbit, and a pet. I enjoy raising rabbits, but in terms of personal attachment, I could much more easily part with any of our other rabbits (we raise meat rabbits as well as pet breeds), but not with the bratty grey one.

If something should happen to her, it will be much harder on Nicole, and Nicole barely made it through today without breaking down. Hence, that is why I am so late to post today.


At Thursday, September 14, 2006 11:16:00 AM, Blogger gipster1 said...

I cannot believe you would tell the world that.

At Thursday, September 14, 2006 9:39:00 PM, Blogger Brian Hornback said...

I hope your rabbit gets better. Best Wishes for a speedy recovery

At Thursday, September 14, 2006 9:45:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

Gipster-Why not?

Considering the normal fare around here, when I have a hectic day and it leads to a lack of quality posting, my readers need to know why.

At Thursday, September 14, 2006 9:45:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

Many thanks!

At Thursday, September 14, 2006 9:55:00 PM, Blogger Steve Mule said...

I don't know what gipster1's problem is, but I join with Brian and hope your bunny gets better - it sucks when pets get sick.


At Monday, September 18, 2006 4:30:00 PM, Blogger Terry Frank said...

How is Savannah? Any word?

At Tuesday, September 19, 2006 8:13:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

We still aren't sure what ails her, but the anti-biotics that the folks at UT Vet Hospital gave her seem to have had some effect. She still isn't eating her regular pellet food, but she is eating hay and vegetables (and anything else) she just isn't eating normal amounts, so sometimes we have to suppliment her with liquid food (fed by way of a syringe). The good news is that she is moving around in much more normal fashion.


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