He came for a 6-day boarding and was suffering from gut stasis. He wasn’t eating well, seemed really lethargic and had a lot of gurgling sounds in his tummy.
His owner could not take any leave from work to look after him, so she decided to board him with me.
2nd day, his poop didn’t look so good.
Lots of jelly mucus in his soft poop. So I decided to rush him to the vet (after seeking consent from the owner). Vet mentioned that he was in critical condition & gut stasis could kill a rabbit within 24 hours because it would shut down its gut and the rabbit would slowly starve to death.
It was an extremely worrying time for me. And I know his owner is worried sick about him. She even came over to visit him & stayed till midnight. That really touched me. She was a young girl who was working during holidays and she was so willing to take care of him. Her bf also came over to visit him & prayed for him to get better. Sigh…. it was so awesome. Some people in this world would have already abandoned their pet or refused to bring it to a vet.
Over the next couple of days, I watched him like a hawk… literally 24/7. I even set my alarm clock to wake up at 3am everyday just to make sure he is alright… check his food bowl to see if he is eating, if not, then I have to prepare some Critical Care to syringe it to him so that it could keep his gut working. I massaged his tummy few times a day to get rid of the gas inside. The gas was so much that it looked as if his tummy was a big balloon. It must be hurting him really bad. =(
Feeding medication was rather difficult at first. He struggled…. and then he refused to swallow his meds. I’m guessing he just wasn’t used to this treatment as this was probably the first time he had fallen ill. But he learns really fast. By the 3rd day, he accepted the meds and even liked the taste of some of the flavoured ones.
By the 5th day, Cubone was a little more active but his butt was a poopy mess, badly matted and stained from all the soft mushy poo. It was also from the result of his triangular bedpan being too small for him, so his butt sticks out and the pee ended up on the floor which he lies all over it.
BEFORE & AFTER
A huge clump of wet poopy mess shaped like a ping pong ball on his butt.
I spent 3.5 hours giving him a full grooming session. It was a dry clean & went about it realllllll slowwwwww because I didn’t want to hurt him and get him all paranoid about grooming in future. All I used was a spray bottle filled with water, some organic cornstarch powder (without talc), fine-toothed grooming brush & a bristle brush.
Thankfully, he was extremely co-operative! hahaha… no bites, no scratches, no struggles…. must be feeling damn good about getting clean again. SEE HOW WHITE HE IS NOW???? =D Of course the yellow stains can’t ALL be gotten rid of in just one grooming session. But if you comb the yellow bits everyday for about a week, he should become perfectly white again. =)
I know some groomers & some websites would recommend a wet bath for a soiled butt, but I didn’t give him that because I didn’t want to cause more stress on his fragile state. Some rabbits always behave like they are about to drown when you give them a wet bath & if you don’t take the time to go super slow or if you don’t have the patience to calm them down every second of the way, then never NEVER never never NEVER give your rabbit a water bath.
I always believe that we should take our time to let our pets to feel very comfortable and secure in any situation, so that they can remember the pleasant experience and will enjoy it in future. I prefer to groom my own 4 rabbits because I feel safer knowing that I KNOW how to be gentle with them. But there were a few times when I was too busy at work (I had a day job in the corporate world) & I sent them to pet saloons to help me get them cleaned up. However, each and every time, my bunnies would suddenly get all agitated and nervous whenever I pick them up & it took me some time to get them used to being handled by humans again.
So I always encourage pet owners to groom their own pets. It’s a way to show them affection and build a bond between you two. I know it is very back breaking & I always need a neck massage after I groom a bunny LOL but it is all worth it.
Earlier on, I mentioned that his triangular bedpan was too small for him. And that whenever he pees, his butt would stick out of the bedpan and the pee would end up on the floor.
So I suggested to his owner to get a larger one for him (the red rectangular bedpan as shown in the photo below).
I went to Toyogo to buy the bedpan at only SGD$4. Super cheap, right???
Then get the white egg crate & cut to size. Then put a grey rubber non-slip mat on top to cushion the bunny’s feet.
In total, it costs only about $10. Much much cheaper than going to a petshop to buy a rabbit bedpan (which is too small & will cost more than $10 definitely).
And it is so much more comfy for the bunny to pee, poop & eat in.
Cubone likes it so much that when I started to set it up, he already hopped in to investigate.
Stood there for quite some time, then groomed himself.
And he even rested in it. This is just proof that he REALLY loves his new bedpan. LOL
Here are more photos of the sweetheart who didn’t even pee once on my floor after he got his new bedpan LOL he was such a clean bunny… very respectful of my house. Can’t say the same about my own bunnies…. hahaha… they were having a pee war in their own bunny room.
And during collection day, his owners bought me a lovely present. An orange bunny whom I have named….. CUBONE! LOL I really love it. I was sooooooooo touched because I felt like I really bonded with this little bunny & his owners are so lovely.
Over the New Year holiday (Year 2013, can you believe another year has passed???), I’m going to see Cubone again because his owner will be going on an overseas holiday trip so she’ll be boarding him here. I am excited!! More photos till then. =D