Wednesday, December 29, 2010
For those of you who aren't microbiologists - this is a picture of coccidia, a parasite which rabbits can get, and which we are always concerned about at our foster homes. It's a parasite every bunny parent should check for periodically, as it can cause health problems. You can find a good article about coccidia here: http://www.marvistavet.com/html/coccidia.html
To check for this parasite, you will need to take a fresh sample of bunny poop to your vet. They will do what is called a "fecal float test", which will reveal the coccidia, if it is present. They can also prescribe the medication your bunny will need to get rid of this nasty critter!!
Since we have so many foster bunnies, we're lucky that we have our very own biologist who can do our tests for us. Every three months Bruce brings a sample from each bunny to his lab. We really appreciate his doing this for us (and I'm sure our vet does, too - since otherwise her techs would be tied up for hours with our samples!)
If we find a bunny has coccidia, we bring them in to our vet for a confirmation test and a prescription. They need to be rechecked in several weeks to make sure the parasite has been eradicated.
Today's test results? I'm happy to say that every bunny is negative!!! No coccidia here, at least not this time around!!
Opal was very happy to hear about her negative result. Now she can get back to the important work of playing with her Bunspace toys!!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
The coffee filters stuffed with dried fruit were a big favorite. Here, Opal is checking out the contents!
Esmeralda made short work out of the dried fruit, and then was on to the tube stuffed with hay. It kept her busy for several hours.
"Hmmmmm. What's in here? Can we both fit in at once?!" Memphis and Brooklyn do everything together, including checking out the Bunspace bag!!And the results? Two very happy bunnies with lots of fun loot!!
Monday, December 20, 2010
A good time was had by every bunny and some of them got quite wild with the bags!!
I just uploaded a bunch of videos to YouTube - our channel is at: http://www.youtube.com/user/huntsvillebunnies
And here is Fawn, pulling all his treats out of the bag!!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Maybe a little too happy - when he smelled all the treats inside, he dived right inside the bag! Christy and I had to rescue him!!
He really enjoyed all the treats. A few folks are coming over today and we'll be giving out the rest of the bags, so look forward to some more happy bunny photos!!
Friday, December 10, 2010
More photos are on our Facebook page in our Santa Loves Bunnies 2010 photo album: http://www.facebook.com/HuntsvilleBunnies
To view the new site please go to: www.huntsvillefriendsofrabbits.com
Because we now have a website, this blog will now be....a blog!! We have been using it as a pseudo-website for several years now, and it will be great to have it as an actual news site. So much happens in our little group - a blog is the perfect way to tell the world!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
June and July were busy months for Huntsville Friends of Rabbits!! Too busy!
Two large groups of bunnies were brought into Huntsville Animal Services. In June, a group of 20 rabbits, mostly babies, were brought in. Unfortunately seven of the babies, including six one day olds, did not survive. The other 13 were taken in by us as they were too young to be adopted out, and the two adults needed veterinary care.
In July, another group of 14 came in! Two adult females (including sweet Bella, the white bunny with black stripes in the photo) and 12 babies were in this group. Again, they were too young to be adopted out. Huntsville Animal Services did not feel they could keep this group at the shelter and so, to avoid them being euthanised, we took them in, too!
We're happy to say that, although they have been a lot of work, everyone has been doing fine and the babies are now old enough and healthy enough to spay/neuter. We are posting them for adoption on our Petfinder site (http://www.huntsvillebunnies.petfinder.com/ ). They are very funny and cute!!
Getting to see goofy antics like these two boys (Boomer and Spike) laying on top of their brother, Charlie, has made all the work worthwhile!