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    Hi guys,

    First of all, I'm sorry that I haven't been very active on here recently. Since Covid, things have felt a lot harder with keeping my small business going so much of my attention and free time has been spent working.

    On Sunday, Beatrice didn't seem very well. She didn't want to eat her breakfast. We brought her in for a few hours, because Hamilton was bothering her and she clearly didn't feel well. Her tummy was a bit bloated so I assumed it was stasis. We thought we'd leave her for a few hours to see if it passed, and sure enough, her appetite came back and she ate a huge bowl of greens, hay etc, was running around outside back to normal.

    Yesterday morning, three days later, I gave her her greens and she was completely fine and ate everything. Then at 3pm I gave her pellets and she didn't want them. Once again we left her a bit, but no improvement. We brought her in last night and she still didn't want to eat but she was still pooping, and they were normal looking poos, not too dark, round and large. We decided to take her to the vet in the morning if there was no improvement.

    So this morning, we took her to the vet at 12.00, which was the earliest they could see us. We couldn't even go to our normal branch because the virus has messed everything up and it's closed right now. I told the vet that she has stasis-type symptoms and he took her in. A couple of minutes later he came back out and said that she had a fit on the table and collapsed as soon as he took her out of the carrier. He said that she's in an extremely bad way and that we should prepare for the worst. He said to call back at 2.30pm to see what's happening.

    I just burst into tears in front of him. I'm in complete shock. She has always been a really healthy rabbit and has only ever needed to go to the vet for vaccinations. She's never had stasis before or any problems with her teeth. She means everything to me and I can't bear the thought of losing her. The vet is very experienced, he helped us through Plumpkin's condition and said he's never met a better pair of rabbit owners than us, but I still can't help but feel like I've failed her and wonder if I could have done more.

    I don't know if anyone else feels this way, but my animals are the ones giving me hope and keeping me going this year. Just being around them makes me feel better. Back in March, my friend's horse died who I was sharing for the past year. It was really sudden and I was devastated because I hadn't been able to see her for a whole month before she passed away. I feel like I'm only just starting to recover from losing that beautiful horse and now I might also lose Beatrice.

    Please keep Beatrice in your thoughts and pray that she will make it, her friends need her and so do we!

    Edit: I was just about to post this and the vet called to say that we had lost her. He said they're not sure what it was, but that getting there sooner probably would have done nothing for her. I hope she's with Plumpkin now. My heart is broken.

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    The vet said on the phone that he isn't sure why she died. It isn't helping to give me closure. It feels traumatic that she passed in this way. Has anyone else ever lost a rabbit in a sudden and unexplained way like this? I'm so so upset, she meant everything to me.

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    Oh Beapig, I am terribly heartbroken and tearful at reading this sad update on Beatrice. I followed the journey with beautiful Plumpkin and this is just so terribly sad. My heart goes out to you and I know how you must feel.
    You gave Beatrice the most wonderful life she could have wished for and I’m sure she has been reunited with the beautiful Plumpkin.
    Binky free gentle Beatrice. Xx
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    I am so so so very sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beapig View Post
    The vet said on the phone that he isn't sure why she died. It isn't helping to give me closure. It feels traumatic that she passed in this way. Has anyone else ever lost a rabbit in a sudden and unexplained way like this? I'm so so upset, she meant everything to me.
    I'm so sorry

    Yes I have, similar thing actually, they couldn't work out why she wasn't well, went to operate just to investigate and she had a fit and died. We went for a post mortem, hoping we'd get some answers, we got some but it wasn't conclusive, maybe something you could consider.

    Sending lots of hugs, I'm so sorry you lost her xx

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    I'm so very sorry Sending lots of hugs.

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    I'm really sorry. Sweet dreams lovely Bea xx

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    Big hugs xx You may consider a PM for closure but, as Graciee's case shows, it's not always conclusive Look after yourself, you did more than everything you could xx
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    How awful I am so very sorry RIP Beatrice xx



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    Oh no, I'm so very sorry to hear this. Binky free little Beatrice xx
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