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Friday, October 13, 2017

MY MOPHEAD HYDRANGEA IS NOT BLOOMING

Wow, I just realized that my hydrangea is now seven years old.  It's hands down my oldest plant alive.  The problem is that it hasn't bloomed in about 3-4 years.  Well this year I finally sat down and tried to figure it out.  Since it was very prone to wilting, I placed it under a well shaded tree.  It turns out it needs some sunlight in order to flower.  So I pruned the calamansi tree that shades it.

Furthermore, the last time it bloomed, it had pink flowers. I bought it specifically because it had lavender blooms.  To fix that, I also mulched it with some banana peels since supposedly potassium turns it blue.

If you look at the picture, it does look pretty big now -- just no flowers.  Well let's see in a few months if it blooms (I expect March or so).



Thursday, October 12, 2017

RABBIT VETS IN THE PHILIPPINES (17)

As a responsible rabbit owner, one of the first things you need to find is a rabbit savvy vet in the Philippines. Why?  Normal vets can frequently misdiagnose rabbits and give the wrong medicine.  At worst, your rabbit could die.

Fortunately one of our rabbit loving friends is compiling a list of "exotic" pet vets as it's called.  If you know of any ethical bunny vets that are not on this list, please do tell me so that we can add them.

RABBIT VETS IN THE PHILIPPINES

Good luck on your vet trip!



Saturday, September 16, 2017

CARING FOR YOUR RABBIT 16: MY PERSONAL GRASS, FRUIT AND VEGGIE SELECTION FOR MY BUNNIES

Here's a list of grasses and vegetables and fruits that I've tried feeding my bunnies. I'll also put in some that I keep seeing, but haven't tried. For me, grass hay takes 80% of the diet, pellets about 10% and greens another 10%. I'll indicate the max amounts I've tried. Clarification: I don't try them all at the same time. Remember, I just feed 10% greens of the daily diet

This is by no means an exhaustive list. This is just my personal preference. To each his own, right?


Common NameMax TriedComment
Carabao Grass10%1 small bowl per day
Bermuda GrassNAHaven't tried, but common enough in PH
Napier Grass10%About 3 long strands per day (2 ft strands)
Wheat GrassNA
Oat Grass2%1 small bowl per day. Very limited supply
Barley Grass2%1 small bowl per day. Very limited supply
Banana Leaves10%Roughly 12 x 4 inches leaf per day
Basil Leaves5%6-12 mid sized leaves. I give this unlimited during a GI Stasis episode. One of the few my bunny will eat
Mint Leaves1%Very limited supply. I rarely give it.
Dill Bristles5%One foot step. I just feed the bristles, NOT THE STEM. Secondary food during GI stasis.
Sweet Potato Leaves10%About 6-10 mid sized leaves. I give this unlimited during a GI stasis episode. The top food my bunny will eat during an attack
Water Spinach10%About 6-10 mid sized leaves. I give this unlimited during a GI stasis episode. However my bunny hardly eats this during a GI stasis attack
CilantroNACommonly cited as a GI stasis favorite. I haven't tried it
Madre de AguaNACommonly cited as fodder. This is ideal for pigs, not rabbits (very high protein, very low fiber)
Moringa1%I very rarely give it. My bunnies don't like it much
Tarragon1%I very rarely give it. Fattening
Lemongrass1%I very rarely give it. Very limited supply
Pineapple1%I give one small piece every week. Supposedly helps digestion. 


Barley Grass, Carabago Grass, Sweet Potato #SaveRabbitsPH

Barley Grass, Carabago Grass, Sweet Potato #SaveRabbitsPH

Sunday, July 30, 2017

CARING FOR YOUR RABBITS 15 - HOW DOES NEUTERING / SPAYING REALLY IMPACT THE BONDING PROCESS?

I'm excited to see progress in Dexter and Ethan's bonding.  In this post, I explained the relationship between these two bunnies before and after they were "fixed" in order to highlight how important neutering / spaying is for rabbit bonding to succeed.

https://www.facebook.com/SaveRabbitsPH/videos/436080550106512/



Saturday, July 29, 2017

HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE YOUR RABBIT 14 - THE RABBIT SPAY

In this post, I wrote about my emotionally charged adventure with Dexter's spaying.   It was a difficult struggle; risk her life with cancer by not doing the spay or risk her life in the surgery.  It was an extremely hard decision that took many, many months to figure out.  In the end, I believe we chose right.






Thursday, July 27, 2017

RABBIT CARE IN THE PHILIPPINES 13 - MORE RABBIT BONDING

I figured that since both my kids will be stressed during the entire trip to the vet anyway, why not let them console each other.  This picture was in the car ride I think, but both were likewise stressed even at the vet proper.  And why not?  There was about a dozen giant barking dogs.  Heck I was afraid of them.  

As the theory goes, even rabbits that would likewise be hostile to each other, might appreciate each other's company when there's a stressful situation.  I don't know if there's a long-term effect in their relationship, but it would be nice if they both remembered that they had a moment of bonding.

Visit postscript: This happened over the weekend.  As of today, Ethan's ear ringworm is looking a lot better; Lily started eating shortly after we got home and is now voracious as ever.  

Please consider making a donation to my cause to save 100 bunnies in the Philippines via https://www.paypal.me/SaveRabbits



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

RABBIT CARE IN THE PHILIPPINES 12 - RABBIT BONDING

We see lots of pictures with rabbits piled up on top of each other (in a good, happy way).   And so most of us probably think that is normal.

That is not normal at all.  That requires a lot of work.

I've written two posts so far about my attempts to bond my bunnies.  It's promising in that there's no downright hatred, but it's quite apparent this will take time.   As you will find over and over in all rabbit care sites, before you attempt the bonding process, you need to get your rabbits neutered and spayed by a rabbit savvy vet.




Monday, July 24, 2017

RABBIT CARE IN THE PHILIPPINES 11 - RABBIT GI STASIS

GI Stasis is one of the common rabbit sicknesses and is also a very potent killer.  As a rabbit owner, you have to do all you can to prevent it (with a good diet!)  and then do all you can in first aid if your bunny does get it.  GI Stasis can kill in a matter of hours so you need to make sure that either you or someone you trust must be looking after your bunnies at all times.

Over the past three weeks, I've had 4-5 rabbit owners (mostly new) ask about it.  They usually don't know the name.  They just know the symptoms:

1) My bunny doesn't eat (hindi kumakain ang rabbit ko)
2) My bunny has small misshapen and soft poop (malambot ang pupu ng rabbit ko, walang pupu ang rabbit ko)
3) My bunny looks weak (matamlay ang rabbit ko)
4) My rabbit is in pain (parang nasasaktan ang rabbit ko)

Apart from those consultations, I am also part of several worldwide rabbit owners (not breeders!) groups and everyday someone will share that his bunny died because of GI Stasis.  It's really sad.

If you love your rabbit, you absolutely must invest in the first aid, especially for GI stasis: Pedialyte, Glucose Monohydrate, Simethicone, Gut Motility, and Pain Killer among others.   Even more important, be responsible enough to bring your rabbit to a rabbit savvy vet ASAP.  Read my post on Daisy's 4th GI Stasis attack.  It may help you in the future when you experience the same thing.




RABBIT CARE IN THE PHILIPPINES 10 - RABBIT MEDICATION (PHILIPPINE SETTING)

I tried to consolidate the various rabbit medicine that I've collected over the years.  Hopefully it will provide you with an insight on how much you need to prepare (and spend) in order to keep your rabbits in great shape.  It's still best to go to the vet whenever your rabbits look sick.  Rabbits tend to hide their sicknesses well so you need to be observant.  Any deviation in behavior can mean that your rabbit is sick.






Sunday, June 04, 2017

Hytac Mouse Review

I wanted to quickly right a review about my newly purchased Hytac mouse just because I had such a terrible experience with it.  I bought it a few weeks ago.  I dropped it once.  Some part inside the mouse got detached.  And now it doesn't work anymore.  What sort of crap product gets detroyed after one drop?  The Hytac Mouse.  




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