Update 10/23/09: We took Hector up to UC Davis for his appointment this past Tuesday. He was scheduled for a CT scan on Wed., but unfortunately our brave bunny boy did not make it that long. The vets were giving him his intake exam when he suddenly began to bloat. They used a gastric tube to reduce the bloat, but Hector went into acute respiratory arrest and died. We are heartbroken.
Hector’s necropsy results showed a tumor growing inside his skull that was pressing on his nasal passages, causing his respiratory problems. There wasn’t a whole lot we could have done for him, even if we had known about the tumor earlier.
Hector had a generous and valiant spirit that we will always remember. His ashes will be returned to us and his urn will be placed with those of other Friendly Farms residents who have hopped on to the next world.
Rest in peace, little guy. We love you.
Update 10/15/09: Hector has been hospitalized twice now. His breathing is labored, and each time he had swallowed a lot of air, which had distended his stomach, making him extremely uncomfortable and causing him to stop eating. The vets were able to give him steroids and relaxants to reduce the inflammation and calm his breathing. They also keep him in an oxygen rich environment when he is at the clinic, so his body doesn’t have to work as hard to get the air he needs.
We have talked to a vet at UC Davis, and the total costs of a CT scan for Hector will run between $2000 and 2500. We would love for him to get these advanced diagnostics in hopes of finding a way of reversing his disease, but we are not wealthy people. Our boarding and Spa Day revenues help, but, like most small rescues, 90% of our costs come out of our own pocket. Any donations toward Hector’s CT scan would be greatly appreciated.
Update 9/10/09: Hector had his ultrasound on the 8th. The good news is, his heart is perfectly healthy! Hooray! The bad news is, we still don’t know what is causing his respiratory issues.
Our next option in diagnostics is a CAT scan at UC Davis. This will cost between $1000 and $1200, however, so we need some angels to step up for him to make it happen. If you can donate even a little, it helps us get that much closer to our goal.
Poor Hector! He was found by Hwy 101 and taken to the shelter back in Jan. of 2007. Filthy, flea-infested, and sporting lots of little nicks and scars, Hector was one tough looking bun!
He quickly rebounded from his misadventures to become the star of our adoption events- always the bunny on his back legs begging to be petted! But no one took him home, and after 6 months, the shelter asked if Friendly Farms would take him. We couldn’t abandon this sweet soul, and made room for him here, where he is still his friendly self, asking for strokes, eager to be a part of things, and hoping for a loving, forever home.
In October of 2008, he was having respiratory issues, so we took him in to see the vet. They took a nasal culture and prescribed 3 weeks of antibiotics. He did really well, so we thought that was the end of that.
A few months later, same problem. In to see the vet. A different antibiotic. Everything seemed fine.
Again, respiratory issues. X-rays. Another culture. Different antibiotics. Nebulizing. And now, no improvement.
Our vet thinks that the cause of his respiratory problems could be either cancer or heart disease. We can do some things to help him once we know what it is, but we need more diagnostics.
The next step is to see a veterinary cardiologist who will perform an ultrasound. This will cost over $300! We would love to help poor Hector be more comfortable, but need assistance with his medical bills. Can you help?
Donations can be made to the Friendly Farms Medical Fund at the Avian and Exotic Clinic of the Monterey Peninsula by check or credit card. Or contact us here at Friendly Farms for more information.
Update 10/13: Angel and Cadbury are a delightful couple who enjoy each others’ company very much! Angel no longer has a head tilt and we have not seen a seizure for a couple of years now. Though nursing a rabbit through a head tilt episode is heart-wrenching and seems to take forever, many rabbits return to happy, healthy lives, and Angel is a great example! She and Cadbury are permanent residents of Friendly Farms.
Update 4/9/10: Angel is now living with handsome Cadbury! Contact us for more information about this sweet couple.
Update 1/20/10: Lovely Angel is doing very well! She is back to using a regular litter box, and loves to do laps through her tunnel when she is out for her run. Angel has now been spayed. She will always have a head tilt, and has occasional seizures because of the neurological damage from the e. cuniculi, but she is a very loving and happy girl.
Angel is a darling Holland lop girl with head tilt. She came to Friendly Farms when her family decided that they do not have time for a special needs bunny.
Angel’s condition comes from an organism called encephalitozoon cuniculi
(e. cuniculi, or just ec for short). E. cuniculi is a protozoan parasite that can affect the brain and/or organs, and common neurologic signs include head tilt with rolling, hind-end weakness, urinary incontinence, or kidney damage. Rabbits can contract it from ingesting spores from the urine of an actively infected animal, or from their mother through the placenta.
While many rabbits carry e. cuniculi, few become disabled. We have had many e. cuniculi positive bunnies over the years, and have several living with us at present. These include Boo, who has hind-end weakness, urinary incontinence, and a kidney stone, Sarah, who has hind-end weakness, Rose, who shows no symptoms, but has tested positive, and Cinnamon, CJ, Grisabella and Trevor, who show no symptoms, but have all lived with ec+ rabbits and therefore have likely been exposed to, and carry, ec.
Angel’s head tilt was severe when she first came to us, and she was rolling often. She needed supplemental syringe feeding, sub-cutaneous fluids, and eye lubrication, along with oral medications, and a safe, padded living space. She is now able to feed herself and hop around a bit on her own, though she does still get confused and hop in circles at times. We anticipate continued slow progress over the next few months. Many rabbits fully recover from ec episodes, though some retain varying degrees of head tilt.
Your donations allow us to save bunnies like Angel from euthanasia and assist them in regaining their quality of life. Donations can be made to the Friendly Farms Medical Fund at the Avian and Exotic Clinic of the Monterey Peninsula by check or credit card. Or contact us here at Friendly Farms if you would like to sponsor Angel.
Diddle (now Jessica) has been adopted! Congratulations to Jasper, Serge and Gege!
Is she whispering sweet nothings in his ear, or are they plotting their escape? See them live and uncensored! Daylight hours only.
I am a lovely and sweet mini-lop girl who is a favorite in the bunny room at the shelter. My good looks and charm are easier to see in person, so I hope that you will come to visit me soon, and take me home to be your house bunny!
My friend Daddle is also here at the shelter, so if you want twice the rabbit fun, adopt us both!
Diddle has been spayed. Contact Salinas Animal Services or Friendly Farms for more information about this wonderful girl. Her shelter number is: A052511.
Update 10/23/09: Daddle is now being sponsored by Animal Friends Rescue Project and is living at Posh Pets in Pacific Grove. Contact Kelly to learn more about Daddle.
Please note that AFRP does not update us as to name changes or when rabbits are adopted, so call Posh Pets for more information.
Hello! I am a very handsome mini-lop boy. I am used to being held and loved on, and I look forward to being part of a caring family very soon. If you are looking for cute, I do that very well, even when I am sleeping!
My girlfriend, Diddle, was adopted, and I miss having another bunny to snuggle with. Do you have a lonely girl rabbit who might like to meet me? It is really nice to have a bunny friend for when our humans aren’t around for cuddling. If not, that is okay, as long as I get plenty of strokes and time to hang out with you. We bunnies are very social, and like being with our families!
To learn more about Daddle, contact Salinas Animal Services, or Friendly Farms. Daddle’s shelter number is: A052510. He has been neutered.