Benge kindled today - this marks the first birth on the homestead with the exception of Millicent (a human) who was born on the property this last spring. I examined the burrow and did not find any stillborn at this time - the kit seems to be at least 6 and i will investigate deeper tomorrow. Happy the Lord blessed us with warmer weather and the barn is holding up in the 40's. Looking forward to the goats kidding near Christmas.
Ten days ago, we said goodbye to our second binkie baby this year - Bunnicula. Our hearts are broken. Bunnicula has been in my life for like 7 years! I can’t believe she is gone.
We post a lot of happy pictures of us with our fur babies, but it’s important to recognize the tragedies that we face in our house too. Because that’s life right? Our lives are mostly good... we have these incredibly happy animals that care for us and bring us so much joy. And then, sometimes, they leave as quickly as they arrived. They leave behind amazing memories and hopes and dreams. You know, ever since I fell in love with Bunnicula, I dreamed of giving her a big backyard where she could run and eat to her hearts content. And that dream feels wrong somehow now.
Well, if you got this far, I hope you can love some fur babies of your own one day. I know it will shatter you when they pass, but man, they leave your heart so full you have no idea what to do.
Thanks Bunnicula, you made me the thoughtful woman I am today. May you binkie all day everyday with Dadi and Buster.
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I peed on mommy’s bed 😴 it’s my bed now btw I’m starring in mommy’s recent YouTube video! Check it out! Link in my bio!
It's been a crazy week, so I haven't been able to update sooner. First of all, Winston does not have a tumor on his liver - good news! The ultrasound concluded that his liver is smaller than it would usually be and is surrounded by a wall of thick tissue that has been repeatedly breaking down and rebuilding itself.
Unfortunately liver issues are vastly under researched and under diagnosed in rabbits, purely due to the fact that not many owners would opt for the extra costs of testing, etc. I do hope this will change in the future, for the sake of the bunnies but we're doing our best.
So the vet thinks that his liver issues were originally brought on by coccidia present in the organ. The external tests suggested they couldn't find evidence of this, but the faecal tests can be inconclusive in this case as the organisms can be hard to trace. In which case, the increased drinking and natural stiffness in joints from age both contributed towards the urine scald and loss of hair on the back legs. Naturally with the discomfort and constant drinking, the weight loss set in regardless of normal appetite.
Moving forwards, Winston is on liver medication twice a day long term. We're also trying out some other tablets off label as well, not generally used for rabbits as unfortunately so few medications are. I'm diluting these daily with Ribena (all drinks are mostly low sugar in the UK by law, now) and he's taking everything well. We're going to retake bloods again in 40 days to see how his levels are and adjust meds if need be. Depending on that, we may do another ultrasound again.
I'll be starting him on laser therapy as well and see how the six sessions go. Laser sessions are typically used to promote faster cell healing in wounds and muscular rehabilitation - should help with his stiff joints in his old age 😘