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    I've noticed Fran hasn't been quite 'right' recently but couldn't see anything obvious. I thought she wasn't leaving the hutch in the day - but then had to encourage her to go to bed. Yesterday when I got home from work I went to clean them out and she was in her litter tray sopping wet. When I picked her up I thought she had lost weight. I gave her a bottom bath, dried her and put her back in the hutch and closed the doors so Violet and Zippy couldn't get in and gave her a carrot with tops, kale and some lemon balm. She nibbled a little carrot top but was more concerned with grooming her damp bits. I kept checking on her through the evening and she did eat enough for me not to syringe feed her. I did give her some metacam. Kept her apart from the other two overnight and more food had gone this morning, but she was wet again and clearly something is not right.

    I took her to the vet. The guy I saw seemed bunny savvy. He gave her a thorough check. No lumps and bumps which is a huge relief after Bochy. Her eye looked sore but her teeth are fine. He then tried to take some blood to check her glucose level but the first machine would not work so he had to go and get another and then her ear would not co-operate. Fran was so, so good. She just sat there and let me stroke her. Eventually, he managed to get enough to test and said her level was slightly elevated but not enough for me to need to stress her out by syringe feeding her.

    He flushed her eye out next - and again she was incredibly good. I was so proud of her. He thinks the wetness may be due to a urine infection and gave a baytril injection and a metaclop injection to stimulate her appetite. I have baytril to give her orally for seven days. Her weight is the same as last time I took her, which is a relief.

    Am concerned about giving her bottom baths as it is so cold at the moment. The vet said it is OK as long as I dry her thoroughly. He suggested I used a hair dryer but she is an outdoor bun and I am worried that will make her too warm.

    I am going out now with a friend who is in a wheelchair as it was her birthday over the weekend. She was really looking forward to getting out and there is nothing I can do for Fran at the moment so I haven't cancelled taking my friend out. I am working an overnight shift tonight but will make sure Fran is snuggly tucked in her hutch before I leave. She is back with the other two now.

    Vibes for a full recovery for her would be really appreciated. She is a BARC bun and I have had her since she was tiny. She is gentle and sweet and not an old bun. She deserves many more years of bunnying!!!!
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    Sending lots of vibes for Fran, I hope she is feeling better soon xx

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    Vibes on their way xxx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhianna View Post
    I've noticed Fran hasn't been quite 'right' recently but couldn't see anything obvious. I thought she wasn't leaving the hutch in the day - but then had to encourage her to go to bed. Yesterday when I got home from work I went to clean them out and she was in her litter tray sopping wet. When I picked her up I thought she had lost weight. I gave her a bottom bath, dried her and put her back in the hutch and closed the doors so Violet and Zippy couldn't get in and gave her a carrot with tops, kale and some lemon balm. She nibbled a little carrot top but was more concerned with grooming her damp bits. I kept checking on her through the evening and she did eat enough for me not to syringe feed her. I did give her some metacam. Kept her apart from the other two overnight and more food had gone this morning, but she was wet again and clearly something is not right.

    I took her to the vet. The guy I saw seemed bunny savvy. He gave her a thorough check. No lumps and bumps which is a huge relief after Bochy. Her eye looked sore but her teeth are fine. He then tried to take some blood to check her glucose level but the first machine would not work so he had to go and get another and then her ear would not co-operate. Fran was so, so good. She just sat there and let me stroke her. Eventually, he managed to get enough to test and said her level was slightly elevated but not enough for me to need to stress her out by syringe feeding her.

    He flushed her eye out next - and again she was incredibly good. I was so proud of her. He thinks the wetness may be due to a urine infection and gave a baytril injection and a metaclop injection to stimulate her appetite. I have baytril to give her orally for seven days. Her weight is the same as last time I took her, which is a relief.

    Am concerned about giving her bottom baths as it is so cold at the moment. The vet said it is OK as long as I dry her thoroughly. He suggested I used a hair dryer but she is an outdoor bun and I am worried that will make her too warm.

    I am going out now with a friend who is in a wheelchair as it was her birthday over the weekend. She was really looking forward to getting out and there is nothing I can do for Fran at the moment so I haven't cancelled taking my friend out. I am working an overnight shift tonight but will make sure Fran is snuggly tucked in her hutch before I leave. She is back with the other two now.

    Vibes for a full recovery for her would be really appreciated. She is a BARC bun and I have had her since she was tiny. She is gentle and sweet and not an old bun. She deserves many more years of bunnying!!!!

    I would agree with your vet and not worry - although I have been contradicted in the past for saying that (of course!)

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    Sending vibes for Fran and hope the Baytril sorts her out. xx

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    Hope Fran is better soon. Would it be possible to bring her inside, maybe into the front room ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barn Yard Bunnies View Post
    Hope Fran is better soon. Would it be possible to bring her inside, maybe into the front room ?
    I was thinking that too. Hope she will respond to the treatment and be back to normal soon xx



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    Sending lots of vibes for Fran. I hope she is back to normal soon.

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    Sorry to hear about Fran, sending lots of vibes for a speedy recovery xxxx
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    I hope Fran recovers well, she sounds like a sweet heart x

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