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My Blog; Bunny Emergency

I was checking on the bunnies and syringe feeding a kit I had named FIJI when I noticed my Doe ďAmberís DahliaĒ had three kits sitting in shaving. This was Dahlia's first litter, two kits were dead and the third almost dead.

The live kit was so cold that I expected it would die while I was warming it up.
I warmed the kit in my hands with some fur it's mom had pulled to line her nest box with. I blew warm air into the fur hoping it would help warm the kit quicker.
Using my one free hand , I plugged in my heating pad and tossed it in an empty nest box.

I returned to the cage to check for more kits and noticed Dahlia was weaving as if she couldnít keep her balance and was about to fall over. She seemed to be in shock. I figured her calcium levels must have dropped dangerously low and if I didnít help her right away sheíd be dead in minutes. In an Attempt to get some Calcium into her, I grabbed my feeding syringe and gave Dahlia 12 cc of the puppy milk replace Iíd been feeding FIJI. Dahlia swallowed but she didnít even notice Iíd put a feeding syringe in her mouth.

I put her kit in with another litter and took Dahlia out of her cage to check for signs of another stuck kit. Dahlia was limp and like a stuffed toy.

With shock itís always good to keep the patient warm.
I put her in the nest box with the heating pad. The warmth would help treat the shock.

I checked on the kit and found the other kits had pushed it out of the nest box. So I resumed warming it in one hand with a fistful of fur.

I ran and got my lactic-ringer and a 22-gauge butterfly syringe. The lactic-ringer will replace lost fluid, the extra fluid restores blood pressure and this type had a bit of calcium in it. I get it at the feed mill for about $7.00. I gave the doe 35 cc of the solution. When it quickly absorbed I gave her another 20 cc.

I was holding the kit in one hand, Dahlia was on my grooming table with her head tucked in the crook of my arm and I'm using my teeth to pull back the syringe stopper to fill it with LR. Then putting the syringe upside-down and pushing the stopper against the table to administer the LR fluid with my free hand.
When the kit was finally warmed up I fostered it to another doe. I kept the Dahlia on the heating pad with me for another 2 hours. She started to recover very slowly. I eventually put her back in her cage with nest box and heating pad.
In the morning she was feeling better and eating.
By the evening she had one more dead kit. She was fine after that.

I  waited a month and rebred her to my tiny orange buck. She had 4 kits, 1 fawn and two lynx colored kits and one peanut. She is a great mom and the kits are thriving.

As for the one live kit Dahlia delivered (once I got it warmed up) it's thrived ever since, it's now a beautiful broken black doe. I named her StarStruck (her sire is Starbuck) I'll be showing her this coming Spring.

Approximately a year and half ago my doe (Aura) had trouble delivering and all the vet offices where closed. I laid her on a hot water bottle beside me all night. The Hot water bottle seemed to stop the contractions. As soon as the bottle cooled the contraction would start up again. So I had to keep it hot. I fed her crushed TUMS tablets. TUMS are made of Calcium. I gave her 35cc of Sub-Q to keep her fluids up.
In the morning I brought her to the vet who x-rayed her and gave her more Sub-q with calcium.
She eventually delivered the stuck kit once she got her strength back.

Below is a butterfly needle.
One end fits onto the end of a syringe just like a regular needle.
I find this really easy to use when administering fluids under the skin (sub-q). 
A vet taught me how and it's saved so many rabbit's lives over the years. 
The butterfly needles make it so easy for me to administer Sub-q by-myself, the rabbits rarely notice me doing it. 
www.eastcoastmedicalsupply.com/
23 gauge 3/4 inch needs with 12"inch tubing, Box of 50 for 19.99

 

 

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