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thumps_
08-11-2009, 03:53 PM
Just wanted to share our good news.

I know it won't last, because the basic problem is Thumper's teeth; BUT for the 1st. time since I've had him (4years) he's mastered the art of drinking water for a whole week. I was so surprised to hear a few laps then silence, that I put the light on to see what was happening! No gulps, squeaks, sloshes, - he drank 1/2 a bowl full SILENTLY. Then he proceeded to demolish a mountain of hay!!:shock:
He's had a fantastic wee output, no chalk, masses of perfect poops, & is really happy in himself!

It makes sense that he couldn't eat hay (dry) until he could drink comfortably, & after a life time of lower molar spikes, he had to learn how to drink normally.

A big thank you to all the members of the forum who have helped us get here.
A big thank you to our vet for taking the spurs down to gum line this time.
Any one crack open a bottle with me?

Bino Wabbit
08-11-2009, 03:56 PM
|Great news!! Well done |Thumper!!!:D:D

donnamt
08-11-2009, 03:57 PM
wow that is absolutely fantastic :D:D:D:D:D

bet you shed a tear or two :D

thumps_
08-11-2009, 04:08 PM
wow that is absolutely fantastic :D:D:D:D:D

bet you shed a tear or two :D

Thanks. It's a bit of a confused emotional state, relief I've found an answer that fits everything that's happened, over the moon his mouth is comfortable, & that he's not filling his tummy with air by gulping, & sad that it's taken me so long to work it out.

w1lll
08-11-2009, 04:11 PM
:D

capel
08-11-2009, 04:28 PM
YAY!!!:lol: Well done everyone!!

rawr
08-11-2009, 04:31 PM
fantastic news! :D

lottielouise
08-11-2009, 04:50 PM
I am soooo Pleased to hear this. Cherry has a similar problem (molar spikes, no hay eating) So it is very encouraging to hear that you are having some success, even if it is temperary. but I do hope it lasts a while. :)

ETA. Is this Bowl drinking, not bottle drinking, wondering if I can help Cherry in anyway further :)

giantbunnymummy
08-11-2009, 04:56 PM
Well done Thumper :D

Hoppit!
08-11-2009, 04:57 PM
Oh that's brilliant! Sounds like you're really getting somewhere! :D

Jaysmonkey
08-11-2009, 05:22 PM
Well done Thumper! :D

thumps_
08-11-2009, 06:01 PM
I am soooo Pleased to hear this. Cherry has a similar problem (molar spikes, no hay eating) So it is very encouraging to hear that you are having some success, even if it is temperary. but I do hope it lasts a while. :)

ETA. Is this Bowl drinking, not bottle drinking, wondering if I can help Cherry in anyway further :)

It's bowl drinking. With plenty of space, he never knocks his bowls over, or fouls them.[I'm neurotic! Thumper hasn't worked out that some doors pull open, so he can shut himself in a room. Water bowls everywhere for a non-drinking bunny! :roll:
He used to drink his wee!! (because it was warm & therefore less sore on his mouth) I started to give him tepid boiled water x3 daily with food so he knew when it would arrive + when I made a cuppa, which started him going to a bowl to drink. It's just not possible unless you're at home most of the day.
Thumper definitely prefers "green hay", will eat the "golden bits" but not the brown bits.

lottielouise
08-11-2009, 06:04 PM
:) Ill have to try that. She does drink quite frequently from he bottle, but I am unsure as to how much she actually gets from it.

Snowberry
08-11-2009, 06:05 PM
Well done Thumper!!!!

lilbun
08-11-2009, 06:08 PM
That's fabulous. I will definitely share a drink with you :D Cheers *clink*

thumps_
08-11-2009, 06:08 PM
Thanks for your support everyone. It's definitely a celebratory glass tonight.
Best not have too many replies to the thread or I'll be paralytic drinking to you & your buns!

bunny babe
08-11-2009, 06:18 PM
Well done, enjoy celebrating.

Wish I could get Homey to eat hay :roll: I would certainly roll out a box of wine, not just a bottle.:lol:

prettylupin
08-11-2009, 08:01 PM
We'll be having a glass with you this evening :D:wave:

~ Cat ~
08-11-2009, 08:03 PM
Just wanted to share our good news.

I know it won't last, because the basic problem is Thumper's teeth; BUT for the 1st. time since I've had him (4years) he's mastered the art of drinking water for a whole week. I was so surprised to hear a few laps then silence, that I put the light on to see what was happening! No gulps, squeaks, sloshes, - he drank 1/2 a bowl full SILENTLY. Then he proceeded to demolish a mountain of hay!!:shock:
He's had a fantastic wee output, no chalk, masses of perfect poops, & is really happy in himself!

It makes sense that he couldn't eat hay (dry) until he could drink comfortably, & after a life time of lower molar spikes, he had to learn how to drink normally.

A big thank you to all the members of the forum who have helped us get here.
A big thank you to our vet for taking the spurs down to gum line this time.
Any one crack open a bottle with me?


|Yeyyyyyyyyyyyyyy well doen Thumper!

thumps_
08-11-2009, 09:57 PM
Right folks, I'm startin'. Any one joining me please add your own special buns.

1st. Toast - to all the buns & bunny parents who fought so long & hard & didn't come through their illness.

2nd Toast - to all the buns & bunny parents who are still out there fighting.
Especially all the stasis buns/dental buns/myxi buns. Blue with MRSA, Pearl & Alvin, Comfrey, Cherry, Homer & his hay, Ginger with the long term sequelae of coccidiosis & weight loss & so many others.

3rd. Toast - to Biscandmatt - ill for so very long, & nearly, but not quite through it yet.

4th. Toast - to the recent "overcomers" Oscar against myxi last year & now snuffles. Poppy - food aspiration!, Nino - stasis & impaction, Yvette's Lilly- shall we just say "teeth & vet?" Viola Rose - myxi & many many more.

5th. Toast - my little boy - asking for a miracle that he sorts out his teeth.

6th Toast - to all those with veterinary knowledge & skills who give much thought, time, & sound advice to us on this forum, in love for our bunnies.

7th Toast - to the Admin & Mods with the unenviable task of "bonding" humans with strongly held views!

I'm going to hit the hay now folks - night night.

prettylupin
08-11-2009, 10:03 PM
Seconded :D

ETA a special toast for Brave Autumn tonight, and for Rosie tomorrow x

biscandmatt1
08-11-2009, 10:23 PM
well done thumper!!!! such good news!!! :D you must be thrilled!

thank you for the toast to bisc and matt! :D

thanks for the pm....i'm afraid i am tee total!!! :lol: but i will raise a cup of tea to everyone! :D

xxx

thumps_
08-11-2009, 10:37 PM
Thank you everyone. Doesn't matter what the drink or what it's in, it's the spirit it's done in that counts!
There's been so much sadness, but there are things to celebrate too, & it's good not to lose sight of them. You've all got my permission to be joyful with us tonight, according to your customs!

the bunny girl
08-11-2009, 11:46 PM
well done ! so i am not the only one with a bun like that ? my lop has not eaten any hay/veg since march ! I have only ever seen him drink water once but i think he gets enough through the softened pellets and banana ;)

thumps_
09-11-2009, 12:55 AM
well done ! so i am not the only one with a bun like that ? my lop has not eaten any hay/veg since march ! I have only ever seen him drink water once but i think he gets enough through the softened pellets and banana ;)

You are far from alone.
Wild buns get all their fluids from dew & food. BUT they live underground at much cooler temperatures in summer heat than our domestic buns. Buns can't sweat but do lose more water in hot weather by breathing more quickly.
If you've got a balance that works, I'm not going to criticize!
Light began to dawn for us when we went to a really good rabbit specialist vet. She really did save his life.

lottielouise
09-11-2009, 01:06 AM
well done ! so i am not the only one with a bun like that ? my lop has not eaten any hay/veg since march ! I have only ever seen him drink water once but i think he gets enough through the softened pellets and banana ;)

Have you had his teeth checked? Cherry showed no outward signs of bad teeth. turns out one of her very far back molars was too long and a peg tooth right at the back was loose :( Poor girl suffered for a month cos of a poor vet

I have to agree with this


Light began to dawn for us when we went to a really good rabbit specialist vet. She really did save his life.

I thought my Vet was great until Cherry and her teeth happened. Needless to say all my pets moved vets.

thumps_
09-11-2009, 02:09 AM
Have you had his teeth checked? Cherry showed no outward signs of bad teeth. turns out one of her very far back molars was too long and a peg tooth right at the back was loose :( Poor girl suffered for a month cos of a poor vet


I'm so sorry to hear your experience. May I add that a very good rabbit vet says that they need a GA to examine the very back teeth properly.
Also that Thumper never had ulcers on his tongue or cheek. He "knew" not to eat when it hurt.

Maizey
09-11-2009, 06:25 AM
Thats fantastic news,Judy.Thumper is so lucky to have such a lovely caring mummy xxxxxx

lottielouise
09-11-2009, 12:03 PM
Cherry is drinking lots more now I have it in a bowl. She didn't appreciate it being luke warm, but is drinking more, and eating more pellets straight after :D Thank you for putting the post up here, I would never have thought about it other wise. Cherry sends her :love::love::love:

the bunny girl
09-11-2009, 12:18 PM
[QUOTE=lottielouise;3414139]Have you had his teeth checked? Cherry showed no outward signs of bad teeth. turns out one of her very far back molars was too long and a peg tooth right at the back was loose :( Poor girl suffered for a month cos of a poor vet

This is the way he has been after his dental and xrays showed nothing wrong with his teeth/roots . I keep him as a house bun now just to make sure he is eating and peeing/pooing . I had a bad time with him it took weeks for him to eat on his own and his gut stopped working , that is the reason he will never go back outside . I have to say he is looking good, keeping weight on and full of life but a bit dirty because the banana sticks like glue to his face and ears ;)

thumps_
09-11-2009, 03:20 PM
To the bunny girl -
Good grief you two have had a tough time! I really admire you for keeping your bun going, he's one lucky bun. I sincerely wish you both all the best.

To Lottie louise - I'm so glad that Cherry finds it easier to drink from a bowl. It's nice how we help each other all the time through sharing our experiences.