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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Update On Roo Boo...

Our Handsome boy is doing great. Thanks to all you lovely souls who wrote little messages and left little comments wishing him well. He started to feel better late in the evening Sunday. Tummy Sludge was defiantly a problem, the worse case he's had. Usually his pee goes abit milky and we know to back off on any high calcium foods for a few days and normally it clears up on it's own but this time there was no warning. He started straining and peeing out calcium dust! Our solution was almost 48 hours of flipping him on his back in my arms and force feeding him abit of water pretty much every hour, flipping him upside down allows the calcium sediment to dislodge from the bottom of the tummy (if you look at a diagram of how a bunnies bladder is shaped you'll understand why the sediment gets stuck!), than we would flip him back over and would massage his tummy right away (you have to know to apply gentle pressure and where to do it before you attempt this) after just seconds of massaging his bladder, he would pee and we'd see lots of calcium expelling. This was our routine until we saw consistently clear pee coming out...but than!...

...he still wouldn't eat! Roo also has teeth problems, he has since he was a little babe. So we took a closer inspection of his teeth, which is never easy! and sure enough they were badly aligned again!

I whipped up this quick sketch to show proper alignment and how Roo's teeth looked...

...so it was pretty clear to us that this was a problem also, perhaps leading to the calcium build up possibly. So, we grinded down his teeth with our dremel tool. I don't suggest this for the faint of heart! But we've done it before for Roo and whiles it's tricky and takes alot of patience to get him into the right position, get his tongue and lower teeth and lips covered and therefore protected etc, we were able to grind them down to a normal length and alignment. Grinding them down is much safer than clipping the teeth, when you get rabbit teeth clipped they can actually swallow fragments and it can also lead to hairline fractures of the teeth which would be a whole other ball of trouble...so grinding always works for us... ...about 30 minutes later after doing this, he started to eat with beautiful gusto, ha ha... ...Tummy Sludge totally cleared up...Teeth alignment once again perfect...everyone is good and everyone is happy, thank goodness! p.s. If anyone had tummy sludge or teeth stories/advice they'd like to share, please don't hesitate to leave a comment or email me. p.p.s. Don't forget about my print giveaway over at Gotta Lot To Give.

12 comments:

Karen M said...

You are amazing, and Roo is lucky to have you. Glad to hear he is doing so well.

Jonathan said...

Glad it is over. It is odd that rabbit troubles seem to happen around long-weekends???

...and people wonder why we don't travel to far from home ;-)

Great diagram. Grinding teeth is definately the perfered method for trimming teeth. For advice, I would sugges not using your finger to separate the rabbits mouth. Although Roo's mouth is bigger then most rabbits, I almost took a good bitting ;-) Solution, rolled up piece of fabric. For the grinder, we use a 1" very course drum attachment. The larger circumference makes positioning it trickier, but it is much easier to get a straight grind. Also, remeber that grinding really heats the tooth up, so short strokes with breaks is important.

And so ends this latest bunny drama... ;-)

Mandy Saile of Bijou's Whimsy said...

Also some good advice hon...last time we used a spoon over the bottom of his mouth but the fabric was much more comfortable for him. Short grinds is key, I forgot to mention that.

Always on long weekends! but atleast we got a day and a half in of rest:D ha ha.

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arabbitblog said...

Happy to hear Roo is doing better. Thanks for sharing all that good advice, too! We also struggle with our rabbit hydrating on his own - our vet suggested spiking his bowl with apple juice (never more than 6:1 water:juice). It's helped a lot.

Mandy Saile of Bijou's Whimsy said...

That's a good ideal...we'll try spiking the water with apple juice...he'll drink pineapple, orange, mango and apple juice all on it's own so I don't see why that wouldn't work. Thanks ARabbitBlog:D.

Michelle (Shell) May said...

Ok...now you truly need to live closer to me! You are an amazing bunny expert!!!! I can't believe you can grind the teeth down. I would pass out!!!
Thank goodness Roo has you. Such a sweetie pie bunny he is.
People think bunnies are easy pets to have...wrong! Thank goodness there are those of us that love them anyway. ;)
hugs and friends,
shell

Estelle said...

Oh I love your rabbit. He looks so sweet. Glad to hear he is feeling better.

And thanks so much for visiting my little blog. It was great to hear from you.

Heart of a Cowgirl said...

Hi Mandy ~ Oh, I am SO glad to hear that Roo is feeling better. You are such a good bunny mom! He's a beautiful boy, love the pics. XOXO to you both.
B

Lori said...

oh what a sweetheart. I'm SO glad he is ok.

Jonathan said...

...I'm not sure where my grey hair is coming from...but I suspect weekends like this...might...be...part....of the source.

Of course, all that matters is the rooboo is feeling tip-top again.

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