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Jack's-Jane
16-07-2014, 02:53 PM
I remember being told that my House Rabbits were not at risk of contracting VHD because the virus was 'almost impossible to pass on' !! It was a Vet who imparted that mis-information to me in my early days of having Rabbits. So for the first 4 years none of my Rabbits were vaccinated.

I was also told that it is 'normal' for Rabbits to leave lots of cecal poos as it was really only wild Rabbits that ate all theirs :shock: That gem came courtesy of Petsmart, now P@H :roll:

So what pearls of wisdom have you heard that at first you took to be correct and how did you find out that the information given to you was wrong ?

I found out about the importance of vaccination when I joined the RWAF. Same with the cecal poop issues too.

aaammmyyy
16-07-2014, 02:57 PM
Rabbits love to eat whole carrots and ice berg lettuce! :censored: p@h again but ages ago when we were picking up some food for my previous rabbit they gave some 'advice'
Also muesli is the 'best food for them!'
found out its not through my own research

Vilija
16-07-2014, 03:12 PM
Courtesy of p@h: rabbits don't need a friend, they're going to fight anyway and hay isn't necessary as long as they have pellets/ muesli :evil::roll:

FudgeTort
16-07-2014, 03:34 PM
'I can't tell there is something wrong with my rabbit just because she is off her food for a day'

Erm yes I can thank you.

Aly&Poppy<3
16-07-2014, 05:27 PM
"Dentals are expensive.. Why don't you just do what we do and clip them yourself?"

This coming from a guy who keeps 12 rabbits in a 6x4 shed because he shows them. How they are kept I have no idea.

This was also when Poppy was very poorly and was having her first dental so it was new to me, I just thought it was something people did :censored: Still angry with myself for considering it for all of 2 seconds :censored:

tashp90
16-07-2014, 05:30 PM
"They'll be fine in a cage over night"

"They love lettuce"

I didn't take this as good because I already new better, but Marbles previous owner said that she didn't need vaccinating because she's a house rabbit.

"They sleep most of the night" PAHAHA definitely not true!!

"Girls will be fine together unspayed"

"They don't take up much room"

"They don't need many toys, they just eat all the time"

Kim_perkins
16-07-2014, 05:31 PM
A non rabbit savvy vet told me to have my bun pts because of her needing dentals .. said it was the only way and she would die any way :'(

Needless to say after lots of correct advice and a new vet she is healthy and happy!

Crunchie
16-07-2014, 05:34 PM
Think mine would be the thing about using pineapple juice for a rabbit that's not eating, I've read it a few times on here and was advised the same by a vet (who did turn out to be a trollop-hag).

Jack's-Jane
16-07-2014, 05:46 PM
Think mine would be the thing about using pineapple juice for a rabbit that's not eating, I've read it a few times on here and was advised the same by a vet (who did turn out to be a trollop-hag).

and a distant cousin of a knob womble !! Another of your famous adjectives !! :lol:

Crunchie
16-07-2014, 06:05 PM
and a distant cousin of a knob womble !! Another of your famous adjectives !! :lol:

The mildly amusing thing is I'm learning all these fantastic insults through my job as a teacher, kids are brilliant at coming up with new and interesting ways to insult each other. :shock:

Jack's-Jane
16-07-2014, 06:10 PM
The mildly amusing thing is I'm learning all these fantastic insults through my job as a teacher, kids are brilliant at coming up with new and interesting ways to insult each other. :shock:

:lol: :lol: :lol:

happysaz133
16-07-2014, 06:17 PM
That a hutch was fine if a rabbit could sit three times in a row (like putting one rabbit end to end and then again), I think that's the worst. I think I either got it mixed up with the hops, or the person telling me did. :(

Lucy-Lou
16-07-2014, 06:26 PM
"They'll be fine in a cage overnight"

Same here - I was sure this was the case. Barney did not agree at all and banged about and chewed his bars all night until he woke me up to let him out :lol: I only know proper rabbit care from coming on here and the RSPCA/RWAF websites, I didn't have a clue when I got him :oops:

BeeBee
16-07-2014, 07:33 PM
Courtesy of the local rspca ( I want to add this was back in 1999/2000)

"Just pick two you like they will be fine together" - bless the girls they never fought ... How i don't know!


"There both spayed" - 9 days later Magic gives birth

"There your rabbits now it's nothing to do with us she had babies"

:shock::roll:

Alison Marie
16-07-2014, 08:03 PM
That it was ok to do a conscious dental on molars

...my bun died a couple of days later. :( I was about 15 so didn't know any better. Now I'd say hell no. I assume she had stasis. I still feel guilty and it was 8 years ago. Probably why I go ott now

ButterflyLordette
16-07-2014, 08:24 PM
Ive probably the worst, when I was a toddler growing up my *bad word!* of a mother convinced me that you're meant to pick a bunny up by it's ears! :'( Did it two or three times before I found out from my dad, felt terrible ever since...

bunnytoes
16-07-2014, 08:41 PM
Think mine would be the thing about using pineapple juice for a rabbit that's not eating, I've read it a few times on here and was advised the same by a vet (who did turn out to be a trollop-hag).

My first rabbit vet for Chrissy told me to hang a bottle with pineapple juice next to her water bottle at all times and that she would if she had fur balls. I put the pineapple juice in her cage and she drank it all at once and drank no water. She had runny poos. I called the vet and she said. That means that she has bad fur balls give her another bottle. I said if I do that she will just drink it all and no water.She said she needs it.:shock: Didn't go back there.

Mackers
16-07-2014, 10:13 PM
That a bloody discharge is "just an infection" and "no, it's highly unlikely to be cancer". I lost my first beautiful dutch bunny to uterine cancer as a direct result of that pants advice :cry:.

bizziel
17-07-2014, 07:58 AM
I'm really lucky that I found r u very early on in my rabbit keeping. Now i know where to go for good advice and to check what others are telling me. Thanks everyone!

RampantRabbits
17-07-2014, 08:15 AM
I can't think of much, actually. Two that stick in my mind though was allowing Marley and Dolly into a run with my old piggies. Feeding seed treats to aid dental wear. I've heard some corkers but not many I've actually listened to as it's been from pet shop owners!

elmoandfern
17-07-2014, 08:18 AM
The only one I can think of is being told initially by a friend with rabbits tht I should get mine from a breeder as all rescue rabbits are aggressive and sickly and I'd never be able to handle it. At a later date I heard her advise someone that rabbits like hay but don't need it so I stopped listening to her lies :shock:

Amy104
17-07-2014, 11:30 AM
That boys can't live together.

Really? - Then I must have the sexes of my bunnies confused!

Jack's-Jane
17-07-2014, 12:15 PM
Just remembered another one.

'Rabbits only drink water at night so it is not necessary for show Rabbits to have water in their crates whilst at Rabbit Shows'


That Gem from a member of the BRC :roll:

BattleKat
17-07-2014, 12:31 PM
I did quite a lot of research before I got my rabbits so not all that much, but I did originally assume that anything sold for rabbits was fine for them to have and gave them those dried corn things, the seedy sticks, etc etc.

madcatwoman
17-07-2014, 01:06 PM
When my bridge boy Tommy lost his wife and then got pasturella, he had a week on I think it was baytril then the weekend cover vet said he needed to be put to sleep and I agreed.

Worst decision I ever made. She also had him doing a flip on the examination table because she didn't know how to handle a large rabbit, luckily I caught him before he fell of the edge..

I now believe after being on this forum that he could have been saved.

Needless to say I swapped vets

Hesperus
17-07-2014, 01:31 PM
Just remembered another one.

'Rabbits only drink water at night so it is not necessary for show Rabbits to have water in their crates whilst at Rabbit Shows'


That Gem from a member of the BRC :roll:

Strange, Ludo can't be a rabbit then as he always has a drink in the afternoon! :lol:

Hesperus
17-07-2014, 01:34 PM
Can I cheat and put a guinea pig one?

When we first kept guinea pigs 20 years ago we were told it was fine to keep them on muesli food (in those days with no vitamins added) and that they didn't need greens.

Of course, they got poorly from no vitamin C. Luckily we did some research of our own and gave them the right diet and they were fine.

Ellasyn
18-07-2014, 03:32 PM
I think I was quite lucky, the only thing I was told was that the 3ft hutches I had were fine, but considering that was a shelter in a large run it could have been worse. Neutering was of course considered unnecessary and I never even realised there was pelletted food available.

I did hear from someone at work that "vaccinating a rabbit is a waste of time, my rabbit got myxi and died even after a vaccination, vet said not to bother vaccinating its useless". I explained it gives them a chance to recover with intensive care, and the risks of VHD, but she wasnt convinced. Clearly her vet was useless.

happybun
18-07-2014, 06:23 PM
'Rabbits only drink water at night

:

could that be because that's the only time they are given a drink, perhaps? :evil::roll:

matthew and tabitha came from a show household - they had water, I'm pretty sure!

Sarah1989
23-07-2014, 01:28 PM
Just remembered another one.

'Rabbits only drink water at night so it is not necessary for show Rabbits to have water in their crates whilst at Rabbit Shows'


That Gem from a member of the BRC :roll:

I got some horrific advice from the BRC breeder where my girls came from. I didn't take it, obviously, and I was thoroughly appalled at it...
"if the rabbit gets sick, don't bother with a vet. If they're going to die, they're going to die. Come back & I'll give you another one." :shock::shock::shock::shock::shock: Then I told him the story of Dexter to show I disagreed... The response was "If he died in the December, do you regret not having him pts in the September and saving yourself all that money?" :shock::shock::shock: Erm no, he got an extra three happy months of life with me and I'd have spent any amount of money to save his life. Oh and also "don't get a doe, they're nasty." Really? I must tell Lady Katherine she should be doing a Slipper and not nuzzling and snuggling with me whenever possible :roll:

adoptafosteredbunny
23-07-2014, 04:15 PM
I heard the other day in a pet shop a lady that works there telling someone that 'we wouldn't sell you a boy to go with a boy, you can only have two girls together'.

I couldn't believe they were actually recommending what is generally thought of as the most difficult couple!!

trudi
23-07-2014, 04:52 PM
Vet "No need to spay female rabbits kept together unless you want them to stop mounting each other" never went back, have fantastic vet now.

Beau Belle
23-07-2014, 07:16 PM
"It's fine - just put the new bunny in with the one you have"

It wasn't "fine" - territorial bun almost killed newbie.

"It's a good size hutch"

It wasn't.

"Use saw dust"

I did, until I discovered megazorb.