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Kids rabbits, one wheezing another doing poor
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buickandeere    Posted 01-17-2005 at 21:21:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I know a bit about cattle and hogs but zip about bunnies except to hunt and cook them.
These cute little rascals were bought for the kids and even after the novelty wore off they still play with them. Truth be known, I pet the wee things and sneak apples, lettuce and stuff out of the wife's fridge for them.
They are in the garage at 40F but the humidity can be high when a snowy vehicle is parked. Fresh straw bedding every week and they are keeping clean. Fresh water and a commercial pellet rabbit feed.Seems they eat a 45lb bag about every 6-8 weeks.
The California White is about a year old, eating well,fat,hops around.Every few minutes he "wheezes" like a turkey"box call" being rubbed too slow. No mucus discharge but a sneeze or cough on occasion.
The other two are also bucks,litter mates and are some kind of dwarf.
One is fat and has good fur. The other looks like a runt pig in the litter. Smaller, thinner and shorter/less dense fur with less shine.No bald spots or unusual scratching.
Eats and drinks lots and hops around fine. If they except the cage they explore the garage, even found the sick dwarf sitting on the garden tractor seat. Don't think they found anything noxious to drink/eat while loose however.
Wondering if the big one has pneumonia? The other has always done poorer than his brother but has slipped some in the past couple of weeks. Parasites, just a runt or physical injury from kids?
What kind of medication(s),diet work on bunnies?


LH    Posted 01-17-2005 at 22:54:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Been a while since I had rabbits but bedding thats a little moist or has too much ammonia from urine can cause pneumonia real quick in the smaller critters. It might be a good idea to give em some antibiotics in their water, and switch to something a little more absorbant than straw which also may have mold spores in it. Cedar shavings are probably too potent so i would go with pine or some of the new wheat based absorbant cat litter Ive seen on the market. Also I know rabbits tend to do better in cold weather than they do in the heat so i doubt 40 degrees is anywheres near being too cold for them


sdg    Posted 01-18-2005 at 06:56:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Check out this web site and you can ask your question there. There are many reasons why one could be slacking off. If you have terrimyician on hand give it some . 1tsp per gallon of water. or just check this web site and ask there. Good luck.


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