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My darling bunny just died

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ouchyoubiteybugger · 10/01/2019 23:12

I don't know why, she was fine this morning then when she came in tonight she was lethargic and eating her wooden litter pellets then she started to scream. I cuddled her as my husband called the vet out of hours by the time he was through she had gone. She was 4. I don't understand ?

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namechangedbutneedadvice · 10/01/2019 23:14

I'm sorry for your loss. I'm not sure what to say, her passing sounds pretty mysterious. Will you still talk to the vet for their opinion?

ouchyoubiteybugger · 10/01/2019 23:15

I'd like to but dd2 is distraught and wants to bury her tomorrow. I'm not sure what to do ?

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HalfGreekBitch · 10/01/2019 23:17

So sorry, our pets are so special, I dread the day .. sending hugs

Wolfiefan · 10/01/2019 23:20

I’m so sorry for your loss. What an awful shock. Is she your only bunny?

BettyBooJustDoinTheDoo · 10/01/2019 23:27

That sounds awful, so sorry, I would speak to the vet first before you bury her, you may have the option of a post mortem but obviously that could cost a lot of money. At least you were with her at the very end and she died with people who loved and cared for her Flowers

ouchyoubiteybugger · 10/01/2019 23:32

Yes she was our only bunny we have a husky pup who she loved and fussed cleaning her ears the pup seemed to like her although never left without supervision. I'm thinking it was a heart attack as she was a rescue and had a strong murmer but she seemed fine this morning normally if she is unwell she comes and lays at my feet and won't go out but she went no problem. There was foam on her nose and mouth but I don't know if that's normal as they pass ? I'm just heartbroken

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70isaLimitNotaTarget · 11/01/2019 07:44

Poor bunny Sad

Wonder why she was eating the wooden pellets ( I will never understand the working of a small furry's mind) when there would be food around. My guineas eat their newspaper and cardboard.

Is it possible she got a blockage? That would explain the saliva and the squealing.

I wouldn't personally go for post-mortem., unless it was an animal I was breeding from (I'm not a breeder)

Your rabbit had a good life and died with you cuddling her . I think if you focus on that it hurts a bit less (it still hurts though)
Let your DC bury her , just protect her body from foxes (your DC do not want to find her dug up )


ScreamingValenta · 11/01/2019 07:46

Flowers I'm so sorry. What an awful shock.

ouchyoubiteybugger · 11/01/2019 07:54

I only mention post mortem as I have a puppy as well and if it's something poisonous in the garden I need to know ( although she's been in that garden 4 years) my youngest spent the night sobbing in her sleep it is heart breaking.

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70isaLimitNotaTarget · 11/01/2019 08:05

You could ask the vet do send a blood or tissue sample for toxicology if you're worried about poisonous substances. Though something poisonous to a rabbit (like ragwort) wouldn't be such a risk to a dog or a child.
Or if you think something spilled like weedkiller ?

They are usually pretty good at avoiding plants - my lawn was scalped except the buttercups, the pigs ate round them (though we did avoid putting the run there)

ouchyoubiteybugger · 11/01/2019 13:12

So I called the vet he suggested I bring the dog in but not to bring bunny. He checked the dog all good and we talked through what happened he is satisfied it sounds like a blockage and felt the was little to be gained by an autopsy. So we came home and buried her in the garden under her rock we are planting some flowers with her name next week when they arrive so she will Carry on and when we had finished a lovely little robin came to sit on her rock. I think it was a sign.

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justkeepmoving · 11/01/2019 20:42

Sorry to hear about losing you bun. i am sure you must all be upset. i am suprised no one has mentioned rabbit viral heamaorragic disease. it is rife all over the UK. Any rabbit not vaccinated is at risk as its so contagious. and it kills very quickly normally before any synptoms. you can get a post mortem to confirm but the main thing is to try not to pass it on to any other buns nearby

70isaLimitNotaTarget · 11/01/2019 21:42

Is VHD so quick? I thought ( and I;ve never kept rabbits so I;m probably chattin' shit) that it caused bleeding.
That's why I thought blockage from the chewing wood pellets ( could they swell in the gullet? ) and the squeals.

Waveymaevey · 11/01/2019 21:43

They do free post-mortems to check for VHD2 - harcourt Brown sudden death invesitagiton scheme.

ouchyoubiteybugger · 11/01/2019 22:14

She was fully vaccinated and never in contact with other bunnies the vet covered that. Also symptoms were classic blockage sadly.

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