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Medicating a rabbit

SmudgeSmudge, my lop ear rabbit, had been having sneezing episodes for a few weeks. They didn’t happen every day and he was acting normal otherwise so I didn’t take him in right away. Smudge is a great rabbit, doesn’t get into trouble, but he doesn’t like to be handled. Last Friday I decided to take him into work at the vet hospital for an exam to see if I was missing something. Well, we found he did have tooth that was over-grown (this surprised me as nothing in his routine has changed in the last 4 years I have had him). This was easily taken care of. We also found he had a upper respiratory infection. A common cause of this in rabbits is a bacteria called Pasteurella. If untreated, it can progress causing abscesses through-out the body and ear problems leading to balance issues. It is something rabbits can carry and never show any signs. Stress can bring it out, so I wonder if the overgrown tooth played into this.

After trimming the tooth, I started him on Baytril. There were 2 ways I could treat him- 1 cc twice a day or 10cc added to a liter of water. I was hesitant using the second way because my rabbits don’t drink a lot of water, they get a good supply of fresh vegetables which provide a lot of their water needs. I could reduce the veggies so they drink more, but didn’t really want to play with his diet at this time. So I went with the 1cc twice a day. For a rabbit who doesn’t like to be handled. And stress is not something we want to add at this time. What fun.

For 3 days I had to catch Smudge (my rabbits have their own bedroom to run around in) twice a day to squirt medicine in his mouth. This was not his idea of a good time. I could see him dreading me coming into the room. No longer was I the Veggie Queen, she who brought good stuff to eat. Now I was she who made him take bad tasting liquid. I debated about adding it to the water and seeing how that worked when I decided to try something else first.

I don’t give my rabbits a lot of treats. Their diet is mostly hay and veggies and I usually give them about 2 tablespoons of pellets everyday (they could do without the pellets, but since I live near a river and have had to evacuate when it rises to flood stage, I want to be sure they will eat continue to eat them if this happens). I do have some treats that I got from working at the online pet supply retailer that I hand out occasionally. One package is a hard pellet-like treat made from alfalfa. I squirted a little of the Baytril on it and it soaked in. Hmmm. This looked promising. I offered it to Smudge and he ate it! Yes! This was going to work. And it seems to be. He had no porblems taking the treats like that and right now he is off the medication. I heard some sneezing a few days after starting the Baytril and none since.

There are different things you can try to get medication into your rabbit. The House Rabbit Network has a great article called “Giving Medicine to Your Rabbit”

You can also find an article from the House Rabbit Society called Medicating Your Rabbit

You can find additional information about Pasteurella and

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Trimming your ferret’s nails

Nail trimming is a very important part of caring for a ferret.  I know my ferrets’ nails grow really fast so they need to be trimmed about every 2 weeks.

This video done by Ferrets of New England is a great guide on doing it yourself.

To see at Youtube, visit Ferret Nail Trimming


Happy 4th of July!

Hope you and your pets have a safe and Happy Fourth!

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Please remember to be aware of your pets and where they are as many accidents tend to happen on holidays.

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Job Hazard

It’s unavoidable. When you are around pets so much, you always hear about this pet or that pet that needs a home.  Usually I am good at saying “no”.  Usually.

This past Sunday I cracked.  I am working at a veterinary emergency clinic  just for the summer to get some extra funds so I don’t have to worry when I am going to school  and not working a full-time job.  Often people call about stray animals they found that are injured or sick.  The clinic stabilizes the pet and holds it for the local shelter to pick up and continue its care while looking for an owner.  Being that it is “kitten season” we are getting a number of stray kittens in.  No, problem, I don’t need another cat right now.  I had actually even talked myself out of adopting a new cat from our shelter who recently took in over 80 cats from 3 different houses. My crew was happy and I didn’t really think it was a good time. Destiny had another idea.

The head tech came back with a carrier and pulled out this little fuzzy kitten.  She held her up and said “look at this face”.  Omygawd, my heart melted!

Charm And she looked much cuter that day I swear!

Right away I knew I was taking her home, but I didn’t want to admit it to myself.  I kind of tried talking the another tech into taking her so I wouldn’t, but no go.

She was kept in an incubator all day to keep her warm.  At only about 3-4 weeks old, she was very thin so she thought the food we offered was great.   As I was cleaning her up shortly before I had to leave, I saw some funky white stuff under her one eyelid.  (Gross alert!) My first thought went to maggots.  With the hot, humid weather, we tend to see more than we want to see on pets.  Well, they weren’t maggots, they were fly eggs which would certainly developed into maggots if something wasn’t done.  Luckily, we were able to flush all the eggs out of her eye and I bathed her and removed some more in her fur.  The vet had some serious doubts as to how she would do at first.  I don’t think he had ever seen fly eggs in the location before.

I took her home, but I was worried that we didn’t get all the eggs and something would happen overnight.  Fortunately, the next morning she was fine and she has been fine all week.  She has been eating a mixture of A/D and kitten milk replacer.  She is using the litter box very nicely.  We are trying to clear up a little diarrhea which seems to be clearing up with the addition of probiotics into her food.  She can be a little spitfire when she wants to be (usually when we are going to get a little bath).  Hopefully, she will live up to the name I gave her- Charm.

Charm sittingCharm being a little spitfire

I guess as far as job hazards go, this one isn’t too bad.


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Sprite and her lymphoma

Sprite sleeping

I just put all my ferret girls back into their cage for the night.  Lately, Sprite has been the last one to go in.  She has a favorite spot under the cage that she likes to lay and so I have to get down and pull her out.  With her lymphoma, she is not as active as she used to be.  It’s tough watching her.  In the last few weeks her abdomen has gotten larger, I can feel her spleen and her lymph nodes have become enlarged all over.  I know it is just a matter of time so before putting her back in the cage, I spend a few extra minutes with her petting her and telling her what a good girl she is.  Sometimes I tell her I am sorry this happened to her.  She has such a rough start in life it doesn’t seem fair that she won’t get to enjoy a long happy one.  I know I am not the only ferrent who has dealt with this, lymphoma is a pretty common cancer in ferrets.  They are definitely a heartbreak pet.