Sunday, November 21, 2010

Time for an update

A few weeks ago I noticed Geralds left cheek was puffier than his right. I took him in and it was an abscess. Doc lanced and drained it. Once it started to scab another lump formed. Brought him in again to have it cleaned out. I did this 2 more times, and will do again on Monday. During this time Gerald was given an antibiotic. Since the pus kept coming back (a little less each time) the vet said he needs a stronger antibiotic. So, I am in the process of finding someone who will give Gerald a shot every day for a month. BL over at Houseful gave me a good recommendation of someone that may help.

During all of this Bambi stopped eating for 24 hours. She was also looking uncomfortable and laying in an odd way. I have seen her do this before, but it didn't last for more than a day. On the afternoon of her 2nd day I gave her a small amount of simethicone and Metacam. This did the trick because she was eating a few hours after that and has been fine since.

A wonderful blogging friend at tinroof sent me some apple tree twigs for the buns. I have almost run out of my regular supply, now using very sparingly. All the buns have enjoyed these fresh twigs! Thanks PP! Here are some of the gang enjoying their twigs:

Since Gerald was cut open a few weeks ago, I had to bring him inside because of fly's and to keep the wound clean. I brought Clint in because I didn't want them to become unbonded. I was originally planning on them being inside for a week and a half (and have one weekend were we wouldn't have to clean the rabbitat!). Then one week turned into 2, then 3. Amazingly the boys have adjusted well to the guest bathroom. They peed just about everywhere 40% of the time their first week. Now they only use the boxes! I have seen Clint flop, and there has been no thumping. The boys can go back out when Gerald is healed, but our cold fall/winter has started. When I brought them inside it was about 50-60 degrees outside, now it's 30-40 and we keep the house at 65. I can't put them out now, it's too cold. They may move to the garage for the winter, at least they will have more room out there than in the bathroom.


Anonymous said...

What a blessing to have such great blogger friends to help with references and snacks. I sure hope Gerald is on the mend soon. Poor guy.

Paula said...

Oh, how exciting! It was my pleasure and I wish I could have sent more but it's a tiny tree and could only give a tiny bit! I'm so glad they enjoyed them and I hope Gerald (a fave of mine, as you know) recovers soon.


Rabbits' Guy said...

What a treat! we can't prune for another 3 months. It wasn't me to give the shot was it?

I hope everybunn gets good and stays happy. What a fine bunch.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hope Gerald fully recovers soon!

The Fab Furs said...

Best wishes for a hoppy and healthy Thanksgiving. (Gerald this means you! Get better!)

Christina said...

Good Luck Gerald! Kisses and get to feeling better soon.

Lisa said...

Yikes. Sounds like you've been busy, eegats. At least the buns got some awesome apple twigs!

Everybun feel better and then stay well, ok?!

bunnits said...

Hope Gerald is healing and glad to know that Bambi is better.

Since our oldest child has moved back home and reclaimed his room, the buns have had to move to the garage. I don't like it. They don't seem to mind. We keep fans on them in the summer and heat lamps in the winter. The dogs, who do not have house manners, have to sleep in their crates in the garage and seem to be quite happy that sharing space with the rabbits has resulted in a cozier environment. I'm even thinking of setting up my loom and weaving out there. Still, I liked it better when the buns were in No.1 Son's room. Maybe I will move him out there and puts the buns back inside.