Friday, September 16, 2011

Quickly and no photos

We almost lost ZuZu yesterday. We were told to keep her separate from her partner Georgette who the Vet feared might bother her incision. Her little cage was pushed up against their home, but when I came into the shop yesterday morning, ZuZu wouldn't eat, and she was limp. These were the same symptoms of our first rabbit, Pierre Louise. I was an inexperienced bunny owner and inspite of getting her to the hospital, she died. I think she died of loneliness.

ZuZu's incision was fine. She'd been eating the night before. I recognized the signs. I force fed her with a special formula, forced water, massaged her tummy and put her back in her house with Georgette. I called the Vet. I waited for an answer. Bring her in, they said. I couldn't drive 25 miles out to Littleton. I said I'd keep them posted and I'd take her to Angell Memorial if I thought the situation was an emergency.

I force fed her again. At two o'clock she gave herself a bath. Georgette groomed her good. She came back and all is well.

Whew! Rabbits have sensitive natures. They're home bodies, nesters, furniture re-arrangers, and depend upon their close relationships. Along with training a new staff when it has suddenly become crazy at the shop it's been quite a week. Two glasses of wine tonight. Cheers!

5 comments:

Jen of Country Weekend said...

How sweet and interesting. I know very little about rabbits, but now I know a little more. So glad she's okay/

An Urban Cottage said...

Very interesting. So good you knew what to do! How do you force feed a rabbit?

flwrjane said...

That was scary.

Hope today is busy but a safe day for bunnies.

xo Jane

webb said...

Wow! good thing you know what you are doing and recognized a broken heart when you saw it. Bunnies are so soft and cuddly, who knew they are soft-hearted, too.

Happy weekend.

flowers on my table said...

'Homebodies, nesters, furniture arrangers'....I think I must be a rabbit!
Sorry, you had such a stressful time with Zuzu, please God she will be ok now. Thankyou so much for your lovely comments on my post, I am very pleased to have given you some inspiration. I am not too sure how this linen will wear,I will keep you posted, but the coir is lovely too. I love the sound of Robin's egg blue on your stairs! Have a great week with healthy rabbits, love Linda x