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    That was so awful for you and your bunny. You tried your best. RIP Mavis xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen's View Post
    Hi RU,
    Sorry for posting a sad post in rabbit chat as it should probably be in health or rainbow bridge but I don't have a question, I just need to talk.
    My bunny Mavis choked and died right in front of me today, and I'm sure it was my fault. She'd been off her food since Friday night but was eating bits of grass and veg, her poops were few and far between yesterday and those she did do were misshaped and often stringed together. I got her an appt at the vets this morning, he said to give her critical care. She ate a few dandelions on the way home so before I embarked on the CC I put her on the grass just to see if she would have a nibble. She didn't so I decided to try her with the CC. I've had to do this before with others buns so knew what to do, just behind the front teeth, little at a time. She wasn't having any of it, just kept spitting it out so I decided to stop and try again a bit later. When she spat the CC out she also spat out a semi chewed dandelion flower. I cleaned her mouth, washed my hands then put her back in the run, went in the house to get some washing, and when I went back out I heard a thud and saw Mavis in the shed. I ran to her and her front legs were out to the side. I could tell something was wrong, then her head was dropping and she was drooling, but then would suddenly throw her head up, I panicked and didn't know what to do. I don't think I realised she was choking at this point, i just tried to confort her, but after about 15 seconds she was gone. I looked up the symptoms after and I'm sure she choked and I think it must have been the CC I gave her. Im so full of regret I didn't know how to help her, im devastated that she died that way, she must have been so frightened and in pain, and I caused it.
    I'm now thinking she must have been having trouble swallowing, the vet commented she had grass in her mouth, and now I think about it she hadn't swallowed the dandelion flower she spat out.
    I know I was only trying to do my best for her and it's one of those things, but she was a beautiful bunny and didn't deserve this ending. I'm heart broken.
    Thanks for letting me share, I needed to.
    I am so sorry that you lost Mavis

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    I am so sorry that you lost Mavis in this way.

    I think most of us have syringe fed our bunnies CC when they have stopped eating - I certainly have on many, many occasions. You were doing the best you could for Mavis, after having taken advice from your vet. That is all any of us can do.

    It does sound like there was something else going on with her but I know how easy it is to blame ourselves - I have done it a lot after losing one of my furries - we replay the events thinking 'What if?' and 'Maybe, if I had?' It is a natural part of grieving but, if you can, try to treat yourself as you would a friend in a similar situation. Be kind.

    You did your very best and Mavis was loved and cared for - so many bunnies never experience that in their lifetime.

    Thinking of you xxxx

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    I'm so sorry for your loss x

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    I am so sorry. Hugs xxx

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    Thank you everyone for your replies, they mean a lot to me.

    I've had a day full of tears and what if's, why didn't I do this, or that, wanting to turn back the clock and do something differently.

    Rihanna - that is such good advice, to treat myself like I would if it happened to a friend, I wouldn't blame my friend in this situation. I'm sure I will get to this point but it may be a while yet. I'm still so sad.

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    😢 so sorry xxx

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    I'm so sorry for your loss. Please don't blame yourself, even the best vets can't save every animal and we all know that bunnies, as much as we love them, are particularly difficult to help when they are sick. However hard we may try sometimes you can do everything right and still lose them.

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    I'm so sorry for your loss xx

    Binky free little Mavis xx

    My girls Coco and Thumper (respectively)

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    So sad, I am so sorry you lost your friend xx

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