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Buck Chang (Feb2013)

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Boarding Period: 4.5 days

Boarding Requirements: Cage, with extended playarea for daily exercise.

Rabbit:  Buck Chang (Female, 8mths old, white/grey)

Sterilized: No (but I have advised owner to consider sterilization)

Health Conditions: Front splayed legs. Mild sore hocks.

Special Note: My personal goal is to improve living conditions for her splayed legs & advice owner on the appropriate care.

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1st day of Boarding.

She arrived in the night looking insecure & unsettled by the car ride. But after abt 30mins, she started to settle in, ate some pellets & munched a little hay. I kept her in the cage for the night to let her feel safe in the new environment.

The next morning, she was ready to come out & explore!

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Her front paws are a little splayed so it looked like she was swimming while hopping around.

And when she stood still, they always slide apart slowly.

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She was a curious little bunny & was quite active.

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“I see 4 bunnies in the other room. Should I go investigate???? Heehehe”

She decided to explore the rest of the house instead. Haha

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I decided to clean out the PVC mat for her to see if it helps with her posture.

But at first, she didnt want anything to do with it & decided to chill out in the cage instead for the rest of the day.

I left the cage door open throughout the day.

P.S – placed a towel on top of the cage. Just in case, she jumps on top of it. I dont want her legs to get caught in between the cage grills as it might cause injuries. Prevention better than cure.

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Some time in the evening, she felt more comfortable that the blue mat is not going to hurt her. Haha

She came out to survey her new blue mat.

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Decided that the blue mat is worth marking as her new territory, she peed and pooped on it. =p

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However, the blue mat wasnt much help w her slightly splayed front legs.

When she laid down to relax, the front legs always slide outwards (which she kept adjusting them back to a proper position). Poor girl…

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Gave her a few wheatgrass to try out & she loves it!

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So I added a small bunch of wheatgrass to her daily veggie serving.

She hasnt had wheatgrass before, so I had to start introducing it to her in small amounts & make sure she is ok w this new veg.

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Yum yum. She loves it! And her tummy adjusted well to the new veg. =D

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Grooming time!

Her owner requested for a bath.  And she was quite calm throughout.

Please note that rabbits generally do not need baths as they clean themselves very often (do read more about Bathing Rabbits here).

Here she is. Freshly showered & ready for blowdry.

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While drying her with the towel, she buried her face against my arm and gave me a few licks. AWWW!

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Trying to clean herself. Hehehe

And also, while standing or resting on the towel, her front splayed legs were kept in proper position at all times.  Worth noting & informed her owner to get a rug.

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After 1hr of blowdry on the top side, it is time to dry her on the underneath. She never struggle even once.

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Enjoying her spa…

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One of the easiest bunnies to groom. She is not ticklish on any part of her body & nvr struggled. ♡

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At the end of the boarding period, the owner kept me updated with the changes to her living conditions. So sweet of her!  I always love updates becuz I would miss the rabbits when they get home. =*)

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They expanded with a playpen arnd her cage, gave her a mat to stand/rest & offered hay where she can eat more comfortably =)

Her owner is really such a sweet loving lady. I am always so relieved whenever I see owners who cares so much abt their pets.  It does tell a lot abt a person’s character. =)

Blablu & Jackie (Jan2013)

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(Above photo provided by owner)

Boarding Period: 5.5 days

Rabbits: Blablu (Male, 5yrs old, brown) & Jackie (Male, 5yrs old, Grey White)

Sterilized: No (both, but I have advised owner to consider sterilization)

Bonded: No

Health Conditions: Both visually looked healthy. Both has mild sore hocks. Blablu has broken front teeth & has difficulty chewing.

Special Note: Both never had water to drink & only got their water intake from veggies.  Both eat human food (eg: muruku, meat, rice, sambal chicken, etc).  1st day of boarding, I noticed their poop looked weird and has a very pungent smell.  I was determined to train both rabbits to get on a rabbit diet.

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Yes, u hv read correctly.  I was told that both rabbits have been eating human food. And have never been fed water.

Before boarding, I have alrdy advised the owner on a proper rabbit diet & she reverted that both rabbits have rejected all kinds of hay & pellets previously.  Still, I informed them that I will try to get them on a healthy rabbit diet during their stay with me.

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CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!!!

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On the 1st day of boarding, I gave them hay and pellets. And offered water in their veggie plate.

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Jackie immediately went for the hay & pellets. But never drank water from the bowl.

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Blablu immediately went for the water and drank a lot. He nibbled at the hay but couldnt chew properly becuz of his teeth problem, so he gave up & nvr touched it after that.

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I tried all kind of methods to get Blablu to eat pellets (cant train him to eat hay becuz of his teeth issue). Had to slowly do a mix of pellets & his usual human food.  Initially, he rather starve himself.

But by the 3rd day of boarding, I am super happy when he finally accepted the taste of pellets together with his usual human food.

By the 4th day, I offered only pellets & I guess he finally relented and ate all the pellets. Good boyyyyyy ♡

Jackie also learnt how to drink water from his veggie bowl after I squeezed some veggie juice into it.  Awesome!  But the water has to be changed every few hours becuz I didnt want him to drink veggie water that has gone bad.

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Now some grooming photos!

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Blablu ran around the corridor for 30mins before I brought him for a quick warm shower.

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He was a calm little bunny during the whole grooming process.

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But he had a lot of matted fur, so I had to spend lots of time on him… gently getting rid of all the matts.

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After grooming……. handsome manly bunny! Lolll dont u think he has a gentle manly charm????

Now, for Jackie!

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He also calmly allowed me to groom him. Probably felt so clean & refreshed after the warm shower.

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Soothing the bunny before I start grooming.

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After a few minutes, he started to relax…. see his eyes were half-closed. Hahaha

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Jackie trying to crawl back onto my leg… such a sweetheart! I had to put him back on the grooming table quite a few times before he agreed to sit there.

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Smart looking bunny after grooming!

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Then he decided to snooze on the cool floor.

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These 2 bunnies are paper-trained. Omg cute, right????

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The only down side is that they sometimes overshoot & pee would land on the floor.  Poop was also unable to contain within the newspaper as they hop arnd or dig on it.

So, I advised owner to get a large litterbox and train them to hop in to do their business.  Should be easy becuz these 2 bunnies alrdy kw what to do. =)

Both bunnies also showed great improvements.  Their poop looked normal & the smell wasnt so pungent anymore.

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Happy tears!  Happy tears!

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More random photo memories of Blablu The Manly Bunny!

Somehow I just happen to take more photos of Blablu, even though Jackie has pretty fur color.  I also dont kw why.  =(  But I must make it a point to take more photos of Jackie if they come for boarding again!!!!!

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2 days after they went home, I did a follow-up with the owner & am happy to kw that they hv continued to follow the rabbit diet!

It is such a sense of accomplishment to kw that I hv helped make a difference.  I hope that whoever reads this blog will be able to learn something from it as well, if you are facing similar problems with your bunny. =)

Cubone (Dec2012/Jan2013)

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Here he is again! The neatest bunny I have ever boarded. Lol

He seems to remember my place and the minute his owner placed him into my playpen, he immediately went to flop in a corner. No signs of stress at all.

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The first time he came for boarding, he was having gut stasis.

This time round, he was still showing some signs of soft poop which still got his fur a little stained.

But after grooming him on his last day of boarding, he was clean again! Also the easiest bunny to groom. He lays very still during the entire grooming session. Lol thanks, buddy.

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Outdoor grooming with scenery.

I am glad that he still has been eating lots of hay since his last boarding.

I always miss this little sweetie when he goes home, but his owner has been very nice to send me constant updates after he returned home.

I hope you get well soon! ❤

Cubone (Dec 2012)

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

Closer look at the bedpan set up while he was boarding at my house.
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Cubone likes it so much that when I started to set it up, he already hopped in to investigate.

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Stood there for quite some time, then groomed himself.

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And he even rested in it.  This is just proof that he REALLY loves his new bedpan.  LOL

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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.

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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.

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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

Clover & Snoopy (Dec 2012)

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Owner went to an overseas trip & boarded her 2 female bunnies at my house.

I’m telling you… these must be the 2 most expressive buns I have ever met in my life.  LOL  They were honking and grunting and squeaking non-stop.

Then there was also the relentless humping and fur pulling because these 2 sisters have not been sterilized.  I was quite worried that a fight would break out anytime soon.  I had advised the owner to get them sterilized for health reasons, territorial & behavourial issues as well.  As you can see, the minute they arrived and were put in a playpen, they started to mark the area with their poop & pee…. hahaha!

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“Hehe, look at what naughty girls we are!”

But these 2 girls are seriously adorable.  They had the longest thickest eyelashes.  And although they humped each other ferociously, they were also protective of each other.  Whenever I reach in to top up their food or water, they would protect each other from The Stranger Hand by making squeaking noises (like guinea pigs) LOL!

By the 2nd day, they took a liking with my hubby and were asking to be petted by him… haha!

On the last day, before collection, I gave them grooming.  They were relatively clean but the owner had requested for it.

So I gave them a refreshing wet bath, powdered them with organic cornstarch, trimmed their fur around the privates, cleaned up their sweat glands, cut their nails & brushed their fur.

These 2 girls were quite fiesty & left me a few souveniors to remember them by (scratches on my forearms) LOL

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Goodbye girlies!  Stay healthy & happy =)