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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.  

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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.  




Saturday, December 24, 2016

Rabbit Care in the Philippines 9 – Diarrhea Recovery, Food Consumption & Poop Size

If you read back entries 7 and 8 from https://www.facebook.com/groups/AdoptARabbitPH/files/, you will know that Ethan’s on the way to recovering from his diarrhea bout. For purposes of this discussion, I’m not talking about slightly wet poop or excess cecal. There was blot of liquid poop in his mat and apart from a series of semi formed poops.

However, after bringing him to the vet again for a post recovery check-up, my vet said there was no bacteria in his poop but did observe that Ethan looked even more emaciated than before. And so we do think he went hungry because he didn’t like the hay that was offered in generous amounts.

Since that learning episode, I’ve given Ethan a very solid variety of hay (Choppy Timothy, Oxbow Oat and Oxbow Alfalfa) apart from a pellet here and there. If you look at Ethan’s picture, you’ll see that he’s just a little bigger than my hand. How much hay does he eat now? (new rabbit owners take note). Must be around 7-8 fistful of hay for a day and I could still be under shooting that. Just make sure there’s plenty of hay in the rabbit tray 24 hours a day.

I should have expected though that there’d be a lot more poop if Ethan was eating right. To give you an idea of how much you should expect, this shot is for the night (8 hours estimate). Also take note of the size and color. These are really good samples. I kept congratulating Ethan on a job well done.

And so I am hopeful that even though Ethan still resembles a dinosaur skeleton, that he will develop into a chubby bunny in a few months.



Monday, December 19, 2016

Owning a Bunny in the Philippines 8 - The Baby Rabbit Diarrhea


In the last entry, I was talking about how Ethan almost died because of diarrhea.  I talked about changing his diet from Oxbow Hay to Choppy Hay (both Timothy) since he seems to like that better.  

Most of my research deals with rabbit diets.  I suppose the key mistake I made was not reading enough on baby rabbit diets.  Following his near death experience, I’ve since fed him 5-6 bowls of Choppy Timothy Hay and he has been voracious.  I was similarly concerned about his lack of water intake.  So much so that I even force fed him via a medicine dropper.  It’s clear now that it wasn’t necessary.  As soon as he started eating so much, he also started drinking as much.  From last night continuing to this morning, he has been spritely like he hasn’t been in weeks.  In between all of this, I’ve also given him at least a dozen pellets throughout the day and a couple of handfuls of Oxbow Alfalfa Hay.  Some literature would say unlimited amounts for both pellets and Oxbow Alfalfa Hay.  For now, I will increase the “dosage” but will not go as far as unlimited, except for Timothy Hay.

In this episode, we did call our vet from Vets in Practice.  She advised us to give him a teaspoon of pineapple juice and a few grams of Benebac (sorry I forgot the exact dosage she shared).  

Sadly I think the root cause of his ailment was hunger amidst a tray full of Oxbow Timothy Hay.  For my bigger bunnies, a little bit of tough love forces them to eat leftovers (yeah they all like ‘em new).  But that’s not something I can do with my scrawny baby Ethan.  

So yeah, I think the worst has passed although I’ll still keep an eye on him throughout the night later.   I’m disappointed that after all these years of loving care to my rabbits, I still make seemingly rookie mistakes like that.  I’m just really lucky Ethan pulled through.  

In my next update, perhaps I’ll talk about exactly how much I’ve gone with this Unli Alfalfa Hay thing for babies (rabbits under 1 year is what I read).  

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