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Discussion in 'Other Animals' started by Josie, Jun 6, 2018.
They are involved I believe!
Oh my god, that's awful!
He would not have survived for long in the wild, he would have either been eaten or died from starvation, rabbits cannot go hungry for long!
I really hope your mum takes him in!
Fingers crossed destiny will prevail and one lucky rabbit(hopefully?!) will be in the loving home he was meant for...
Destiny would be a great name for the rabbit
Oh, just re-read and realised he’s a boy and called Dennis
Oh, just re-read and realised he’s a boy and called Dennis.
boy, girl, who cares! I only hope his good Samaritans get to adopt him, & if i were one of them, i'd re-name him Destiny.
After all, if they hadn't HAPPENED to pass by, who knows what would have happened? -- most likely not something good, small tasty domesticated animals don't generally live long in the "wild", & a roadside is quite wild enuf to be fatal.
Destiny is a perfect name for him. If U think it's too femme, how about FATE?
She’s still waiting to hear the outcome.
At the moment I think vets are slightly unclear with how ongoing the rabbits teeth issues will be. Obviously my mum would love to take him but I’m sure there will be discussions on his welfare and also the expense of ongoing care
often, bunny dental-issues can be dealt with by trimming or grinding every 6 to 8-weeks, sometimes less often; it depends very much on where the problems are. The incisors [front & center] are easiest to get to; cheek teeth can be more challenging.
Here's hoping his are "just trims" on a regular basis, & up-front, where they can be seen going awry!
Absolutely, my friend's rabbit's teeth need to be trimmed every month! (She's a weird rabbit, doesn't eat much hay etc. to wear them down).
@Jack-Russell-Lover - does that bunny eat alfalfa-pellets, rather than fresh / baled hay?
Rabbits who eat a "no hay" diet, composed exclusively of commercial rabbit-pellets that aren't meant for HOUSE rabbits [pets, IOW], will get hugely fat & have multiple health issues, if they're on it for long. Such pellets are intended to rear meat bunnies for rapid growth, so they can be slaughtered young, & they aren't meant for "lifespan" diets - unless that lifespan is intended to be a few months, not 10-years or so.
Pet rabbits who eat owner-invented diets of carrots, lettuce, etc, get very sick, too - rabbits are very specialized feeders, they need lots & lots of cellulosic fiber to thrive. They also need to regularly consume their own "morning stool", a special soft blob with loads of friendly flora to help their guts function.
They're pretty complex critters, much harder to keep healthy than dogs or cats. Like cats, they can have hairballs & suffer blockages, esp'ly urinary blockages, which are scary.
I am aware of all this about rabbits, I've had a few in the past. She's always got access to fresh hay along with her dry food. Honestly, I've just pet sat for said friend and have witnessed this myself, I gave her fresh hay and she didn't touch it. She does prefer grass it seems as she munched the dandelion leaves I gave her right up! Although she didn't like the vegetables I gave her, shes just fussy! I suppose individuals have their preferences, my last rabbit Alfie would eat anything I put in front of him, bless him and I never had a problem with his teeth..I used to give him his own 'christmas dinner' (the offcuts/peelings of the veg) and alsorts!
not casting aspersions on yer own bunny-care, @Jack-Russell-Lover ! - not in the least.
My prior post was only to ask about yer friend's picky bunny, in the 1st paragraph, & the rest was general info for folks who don't have rabbits, & probly don't know that too much "wet" / fresh food, or low-cellulose foods, is actually not good for them.
I've had bunny-owners who genuinely believed that lots & lots of carrots were good for rabbits [that's so only in cartoons], or that grass mown from a treated lawn was just fine to give their bunny. Or they thot their own rabbit was abnormal or sick, eating their own stools! - they just didn't know, bunny-diets are pretty narrow, & AM stool-eating is mandatory.
Lots of pet-owners have pets they don't know much about, sadly - a friend of mine's wife was very penny-pinching, & she bought the cheaper HAMSTER PELLETS for her dotters' Guinea pig, rather than the species-specific Guinea pig pellets. // Even after the poor creature lost his teeth THREE TIMES, she didn't take him to the vet.
He died of scurvy - which is criminal, in this day & age! Poor thing.
No problem @leashedForLife
It's awful isn't it! People need to do their homework before they commit to pets, it's so annoying that some people don't get that!!
My daughter adopted two GP.. they had bent/ squat legs from the fact that the owner was giving them rabbit food ( its cheaper than GP food) luckily they were very young and with the right food and treatment they both made a full recovery.
Awww the poor things! Glad they got better.
Is it vitamin C Guinea Pigs need added to their water as well as they can't synthesise it as well as other animals?
I doubt they were getting that at their old home either!
I've just finished college (level 3 animal management followed by animal behaviour & welfare degree) and a couple of my tutors were exotics enthusiasts...the amount of stories they told us about animals they rescued or got asked about by owners that suffered from metabolic bone disease etc. from not getting the right nutrients out of pure lack of knowledge from the owners, it's unreal!
After handling the exotic animals at the college I am a big fan of bearded dragons and skinks etc. But I don't think I would get any because I've seen how much it takes to look after them, all the equipment needed and how different species require different temperatures and humidity etc! Yet people just buy them without even knowing about all these needs, it really cheeses me off!
when i had a Chinese garter snake, i not only pre-loaded his crickets [fed them highly-nutritious food, B4 putting them in his tank], but I powdered them with reptile mineral-blend.
The crickets U buy in most pet-supply stores are EMPTY - they save money by not feeding them; they give them water by dropping a sponge in a bowl, so they can sip from it, not fall in & drown, but they rarely feed them. // After about 5 days, they're just shells of tough chitin, still alive, but with almost no nutritive value.
My China-garter also ate live feeder-goldfish, & very high-quality commercial nightcrawlers [big earthworms], plus waxworms [a large, high-protein grub] for variety.
Sadly, my care - including under-tank heater with a 5' F gradient side-to-side, his water in the cool end, safe substrate, a hide, a full-spectrum overhead light-bulb, etc - couldn't protect him from my eejit boss at the pet-shop; he TOOK IN an obviously-ill young Boa, who turned out to be covered in mites... & suffering from Pneumonia.
Dimwit thought he'd resell the snake at a profit - instead, mites spread thru-out our reptile stock, & we spent a month getting rid of them, plus they got into the crickets B4 we knew they'd entered the shop, & i TOOK THEM HOME WITH ME.
My beautiful young snake died in 4 days flat, of raging bacterial pneumonia. Poor baby.
I wanted to brain Brian. Careless twit.
Oh yea they powdered the crickets at the college too....
Oh my god that's awful! Poor thing
I hope your boss was very apologetic!
Oh, my god - that's awful! Poor thing. I hope your boss was very apologetic!
Not he. When i told him, he said, "gee, that's a shame. - Can U get the fish delivery into the tanks?
And treat that soft-shelled turtle again."
For him, pets were commodities to buy & sell, not individuals with feelings. I wasn't supposed to be upset, either - "these things happen." :shrug: Well, IMO, that particular thing happened b/c he was an irresponsible money-grubbing ignorant jerk - he knew FISH, not herps, & if he'd asked me, I'd have sent that snake the H*** outta the door as soon as i saw her / him.
But he didn't ask me - he saw a potentially quick profit, & grabbed it. Cost us hundreds.
The shop went bankrupt a few months later. Can't say i was entirely surprised.
Wow, charming...I'm kinda glad the shop is no more!