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    Do you think Mousey is receiving some mystic messages via her antenna ear?

    Does black and white bunny not also get a nibble of Geranium?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omi View Post
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    Do you think Mousey is receiving some mystic messages via her antenna ear?

    Does black and white bunny not also get a nibble of Geranium?
    Ha ha - B&W just requires lots of loves & he gets them too. No food requirements. He's going in the washing machine shortly.

    Mouse is very up down with her ears these days - she is receiving messages - I'm just not sure the world is ready to hear them

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    Its scary as essentially speaking I am without a vet. Obviously the buns remain registered at Crab Lane but the bunny savvy element is well gone. I've never made "the" final call on any of my bunnies without FHB (a few passed at home) & now I won't even have Ruth.

    So I'm having to wing his treatment & care a little. He had a few days when I thought it was his time - he was only taking half his feeds & his movement is really bad. He has since picked up with his appetite - he eats loads of forage & back to guzzling spoon feeds so ok for now.

    I've upped his metacam a tad & he's back on panacur . His left leg is really weak & cos he lies on the same side the other isn't much better. Its not as bad as dragging but calling it a limp would be understating things. I need some really gentle physio for him as he feels so stiff. I've been doing little things like massages, ideas stolen from you tube vids connected to disabled bunnies website eg trying to get him to sit as straight as possible, getting him to balance on a chair cushion

    Does anyone have an ideas about what I can do to support his mobility issues whilst on lock down? I think we are dealing with EC hind leg weakness plus possible bone pain (which is why he is on metacam)

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    Its scary as essentially speaking I am without a vet. Obviously the buns remain registered at Crab Lane but the bunny savvy element is well gone. I've never made "the" final call on any of my bunnies without FHB (a few passed at home) & now I won't even have Ruth.

    So I'm having to wing his treatment & care a little. He had a few days when I thought it was his time - he was only taking half his feeds & his movement is really bad. He has since picked up with his appetite - he eats loads of forage & back to guzzling spoon feeds so ok for now.

    I've upped his metacam a tad & he's back on panacur . His left leg is really weak & cos he lies on the same side the other isn't much better. Its not as bad as dragging but calling it a limp would be understating things. I need some really gentle physio for him as he feels so stiff. I've been doing little things like massages, ideas stolen from you tube vids connected to disabled bunnies website eg trying to get him to sit as straight as possible, getting him to balance on a chair cushion

    Does anyone have an ideas about what I can do to support his mobility issues whilst on lock down? I think we are dealing with EC hind leg weakness plus possible bone pain (which is why he is on metacam)

    Thanks for reading
    It must be an additional worry for you to no longer have a Rabbit Savvy Vet that you could at least have phone contact with at this time.

    With regards to his Metacam, are you giving him 12 hourly doses of every 24 hours ? Many Rabbit Savvy Vets now prescribe 12 hourly dosing as Rabbits excrete meloxicam ( the active ingredient of Metacam/Loxicom etc) faster than other species.

    I am reluctant to give specific advice re physio exercises as I dont know if Rudey's hind leg weakness is solely due to EC or if there is some sort of arthritic condition going on too. Massage should certainly be beneficial in that it will promote the blood supply to his leg. Some heat therapy can be beneficial too. But I would not leave him sitting on a heat pad incase he is unable to get off it.

    Are you giving him Ranitidine ? Sometimes this can be necessary for Rabbits on a high dose of Metacam in order to protect the gi tract from ulceration.

    Sending lots of vibes for your brave lad


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack's-Jane View Post
    It must be an additional worry for you to no longer have a Rabbit Savvy Vet that you could at least have phone contact with at this time.

    With regards to his Metacam, are you giving him 12 hourly doses of every 24 hours ? Many Rabbit Savvy Vets now prescribe 12 hourly dosing as Rabbits excrete meloxicam ( the active ingredient of Metacam/Loxicom etc) faster than other species.

    I am reluctant to give specific advice re physio exercises as I dont know if Rudey's hind leg weakness is solely due to EC or if there is some sort of arthritic condition going on too. Massage should certainly be beneficial in that it will promote the blood supply to his leg. Some heat therapy can be beneficial too. But I would not leave him sitting on a heat pad incase he is unable to get off it.

    Are you giving him Ranitidine ? Sometimes this can be necessary for Rabbits on a high dose of Metacam in order to protect the gi tract from ulceration.

    Sending lots of vibes for your brave lad
    Thanks JJ. I know what you mean about physio & not knowing exact nature of his disability - I would have thought his wonky posture alone causes some pain. He isn't on ranitidine no - but he is on tiny metacam dose even with my increase. He's always had it twice daily so covered there. Whether its a coincidence or not I don't know but he is appearing happier with his upped meds .

    With massage are hands best or devices? I haven't looked but i bet they make pet ones - seem to recall that on youtube vid ages ago

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    Thanks JJ. I know what you mean about physio & not knowing exact nature of his disability - I would have thought his wonky posture alone causes some pain. He isn't on ranitidine no - but he is on tiny metacam dose even with my increase. He's always had it twice daily so covered there. Whether its a coincidence or not I don't know but he is appearing happier with his upped meds .

    With massage are hands best or devices? I haven't looked but i bet they make pet ones - seem to recall that on youtube vid ages ago
    You can buy devices but hands are fine and what I use for Endeavour


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    Animal Rescue and Care (ARC) SW London
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    Sending lots of vibes for Rudey and hugs to you xx

    Binky free at the bridge Boots, you will never be forgotten xxxx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack's-Jane View Post
    You can buy devices but hands are fine and what I use for Endeavour
    thank you x

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    J&B - my rabbit savvy vet is taking video calls and emails are answered the same day. Its Oakmount so not too far from you. Google it and see what they say about bunnies but they have a special exotics specialism. I will pm you the phone number so that you could maybe call and discuss.

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    thanks Zoobec - appreciated.

    Thanks too C&D - I feel a bit weird as my vets do things so differently (not saying better or worse) to most vets & all his history is there. I think them never having met Rudey could be a barrier, Its great to have a more local vet I could call if need be though x

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