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    Sorry to come here yet again when Iím desperate. Little Boo had to be pts on Christmas Eve. She had a tumour in her eye, but seemed to be coping ok with it so the vet thought it was best not to remove it. She deteriorated quickly on Christmas Eve, and had a very low temp and her blood glucose was 38 at the highest. My vet did everything to warm her up and stabilise her for the trip to D1ck vet, but not matter what they did, her temperature wouldnít come up.

    The next day her husbun, Pippin, stopped eating. Heís a very stressed bun, so I thought the vet trip the day before was too much for him. Gave him gut meds and syringe fed him every 2 hours, and he was pooping again by evening. Next day I continued but started syringe feeding less. Plenty poops, although small, and peeís in his potty. Next day, he was back to passing nothing, so I gave up and took him to the vet. They couldnít find anything wrong, other than no gut sounds, but admitted him for fluids and syringe feeding. He had to come home at night because the local vet doesnít have overnight care. Next day he seemed a bit worse and wouldnít take his syringe feeds so I had him transferred to D1ck vet on Saturday.

    Yesterday someone phoned to say he still wasnít eating and wasnít taking his syringe feeds. Today they said he had eaten all his veg overnight and passed loads of poops and sent him home.

    Heís now back to not eating (maybe the stress of coming home again), and hasnít passed any poops since heís been back. I mentioned that I was expecting him to stop eating again, and was told to syringe feed him if he stopped. Iím worried now though that he doesnít seem to maintain his pooping/gut sounds. Heís also dropped from 2.5kg to 2.37kg. Itís as if he just doesnít want to eat and has no interest. His mouth and teeth have been checked, and he had a ct a couple of weeks ago that showed no problems.

    Does anyone have any advice on what to do from here? Taking back and forward to vets is just stressing him out, he isnít bloated and they canít find any source of pain. He was fine until his partner died.
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    Sorry to hear about your little one. We've just been through a very similar thing with Phillip, after his partner Snowy died in November. He went through stages of what I thought was him getting better, but then he'd get worse and stop eating again. Like Pippin, he had vet checks and everything seemed to be ok.

    It's only within the last week or so that he genuinely appears to be back to his normal self. It's taken a lot of hard work to get him back to this point. We've had to syringe feed recovery food on and off and he's had gut meds every so often. We found on some days that he was reluctant to eat for himself but if we put a syringe of water in front of him, he'd take it happily, didn't even have to pick him up. Some days he happily took baby food from a syringe (Aldi- apple and banana - life saver!), again without being picked up. We bought all his favourite treats, and it just seemed to be hit and miss as to what he preferred on that day. We made as much fuss as we could of him and spent as much time as we could with him so he didn't feel alone.

    We also did get another two rabbits, which we're planning to bond with him. Although we haven't started yet, he can see through their enclosure which seems to have helped him to perk up as I often catch him lying near them or staring in.

    I'm not sure if any of that will help, but I think essentially you just have to keep doing what you're doing. He will get there. I didn't realise how badly rabbits could grieve until recently
    Hope he perks up soon xx
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    I’m so sorry you lost Boo I haven’t been in this exact situation so I can’t advise specifically. Is he on gut meds as well as syringe feeding ? It sounds like he is grieving I assume they will have checked his teeth etc just to be sure. Spurs can grow quickly if they aren’t eating for a short while.

    Sending lots of vibes and hugs xx

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    I'm so sorry to hear about Boo - she was a brave girl . I've experience of grief hitting a bereaved bunny hard. i hope it is the change in environment & Pippin settles soon. If he'll take syringe feeding I'd just keep up with that til he has a good appetite. Is he on any pain relief or other meds? xx

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    Thank you all for the replies, and the kind words about Boo. Pippin is on ranitidine and metacam. Both my vet and D1ck vet checked his teeth and mouth when he was conscious and found nothing. I wouldnít even have said he was very close to Boo. Theyíve been apart before when she was ill and he didnít bother. I had noticed that Boo would run around like mad at feeding time and that seemed to tell Pippin it was time to eat.
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    So sorry for the loss of your Little Boo xx

    We had a similar issue with our Bertie when his sister Bella passed away suddenly. We spent *a lot* of time on the floor with him, just stroking and letting him grieve. We offered his favourite treats and lots of greens, more than we normally would but it was about getting him to eat something. We also gave him Fibreplex which helps move the gut. I started offering him mushed pellets instead of trying to feed critical care, and he took to it (we still do this).

    It was incredibly stressful for all of us but we got through it, and eventually he started eating small amounts by himself.

    Gentle nose rubs for your little man xx

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    I’m so very sorry to read of the loss of Boo and the eating problems with Pippin. I have encountered similar behaviour from my dear bridge in Ben who went through this phase of grief. And other rabbits have displayed very similar. It’s hard because they don’t understand the sudden absence and they are in grief. You are doing everything positive for Pippin and you are incredibly vigilant with him. I found a snuggle bun- some soft toy type thing, a source of comfort so perhaps this might be something you could get for Pippin?
    Pippin is surrounded by love and this will be something he feels and will be of huge comfort for him. It may be a case of just small steps with Pippin and I hope that he starts to feel better soon for you.
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    I am so sorry to hear that you had to let Boo go As Pippin has been seen by the Exotics Specialists I doubt that they have missed any physical health problems, but can you remind me what the CT scan was carried out for ??


    Pippin may benefit from a slight change in his environment, by which I mean the provision of new items to explore. Is he an outdoor Rabbit and if so could he become a House Rabbit if he now lives alone with no other Bunnies around ?

    Some people have found this to be useful, I have never used it myself though https://petremedy.co.uk/faqs/

    Sending him nose rubs, poor little chap xx


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    The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) ~ The UK's Biggest Organisation for Rabbit Lovers https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/

    Animal Rescue and Care (ARC) SW London
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    It helps to know other bunnies have been through the same, and started eating themselves eventually.

    I will get him a little toy. He seemed to always be grooming Boo, but she didn’t groom him back, poor boy. They were moved indoors in the summer, when Boo first took unwell and had a problem with her temperature. He lives in an enclosure in the spare bedroom. Being such a stressed bun, I doubt if I’d be any comfort to him.

    Pippin got the ct done because his eyes bulge hugely, and it was strongly suspected that he had a thymoma. The ct was clear though, and bloods weren’t too bad.

    He has eaten a tiny bit himself overnight, just some dried apple leaves and a few greens, but at least it’s something, and he’s passed some poops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weedug View Post
    It helps to know other bunnies have been through the same, and started eating themselves eventually.

    I will get him a little toy. He seemed to always be grooming Boo, but she didn’t groom him back, poor boy. They were moved indoors in the summer, when Boo first took unwell and had a problem with her temperature. He lives in an enclosure in the spare bedroom. Being such a stressed bun, I doubt if I’d be any comfort to him.

    Pippin got the ct done because his eyes bulge hugely, and it was strongly suspected that he had a thymoma. The ct was clear though, and bloods weren’t too bad.

    He has eaten a tiny bit himself overnight, just some dried apple leaves and a few greens, but at least it’s something, and he’s passed some poops.
    Are his eyes still bulging ? Did they do a full body CT scan ? xx


    Reference links for various Rabbit health problems
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    Animal Rescue and Care (ARC) SW London
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