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Troopers Recovery Diary

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Look what great care Trooper is getting at Rae’s place!

(Rae is a nurse, she’s awesome!) This is her Trooper ‘diary’. Trooper is the friendly, neutered boy bunny dumped in a Richmond, BC neighbourhood and hit by a car. (The driver wanted to finish him off with a rock). We get so many calls about abandoned and injured rabbits, we just can’t deal with them all, but we did take in Trooper. It turned out he had a bone sticking out his leg and a dislocated hip, he really needed to be rescued. Thanks to the donors, we paid off our previous balance and covered his surgery (also thanks to a reduced rate from Dr. Rana and the Apex Animal Hospital). We can’t thank Rae and everybody else enough for helping us make this happen. We’re sure Trooper feels the same way. He’s loving life!

Rae’s Trooper Diary:
Oct.. 19th, 2018:Trooper’s Surgery Date. Trooper recovering at my house following his Right Hind leg amputation. Very comfortable. I had him all set up in a brand new cat playpen. The u-shaped blue foam cushion gave him support until he was fully recovered from the anesthetic and could balance himself. The stuffies gave him emotional support for what he has been through. The green dinosaur plays a lullaby and Trooper seems to enjoy listening to it.
Under the fleece blankets is a eggcrate sponge mattress, covered in plastic. Inside the playpen on the bottom is a pink wading pool which keeps everything tidy and easy to clean. Dr. Rana stressed that his bed needed to be soft and clean, free of dust at all times for his wound to stay clean.
The playpen is on a table right beside my bed so that I could monitor him closely. There are cloth mesh panel windows on each section and a circular mesh material top to the playpen. He has lots of ventilation and can see his whole environment in the room through the mesh panels.
He is so sweet and so accepting of his surgery. The metacam definitely kept him comfortable those first 7 days so that he would mobilize and the Baytril covered him for any hint of post-op infection that first week.
Each day I take him out of the playpen, hold him as I sit on the bed and feed him his hay.
Nov.2/18, tomorrow, Trooper is going to Apex (Langley) to have his staples removed. What I should say is to have the remainder of his staples removed as most have fallen out. Trooper has been hopping around in his comfy playpen from Day 1 on his one hind leg and doesn’t lose his balance. (If he did, the sponge mattress is a soft landing). Trooper has been an absolute sweetheart to care for.

   

Troopers Recovery Update!

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Trooper, our broken leg guy from a couple weeks ago, is going in to Apex today to get the staples removed after his amputation surgery. He’s doing great! Sorry for the update delay, but his foster mom Rae has been busy keeping him in pristine conditions and catering to his every whim (along with her many other bunnies, including our then-tiny Burnaby baby who is now old enough to be going in for a neuter today). We can’t thank Rae and all of Trooper’s supporters enough! What a great outcome for this poor dumped bunny. (We’ll post a more complete update and more photos about his recovery shortly).

RHDV2 Vaccination Day

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Thanks so much to the staff at the Little Paws Animal Clinic for volunteering for our vaccination clinic yesterday evening! Pictured is Jillian, Diana and Dr. Adam Avitan in the back row, and Dr. Joseph Martinez and Rabbitats’ Deanna Hamm in the front row. We managed to get close to another 40 rabbits protected from the deadly Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHDV2). We invited rabbits from the VRRA and RAPS as well. (Added note: If anyone remembers the box of little chocolate brown Holland Lops dumped on the side of a road, we thought there were three, but it turns out there were four, someone brought another baby to RAPS, a little boy who got vaccinated as well . Deanna is holding daddy. The other bunnies are Patches and our three surviving white Maple Ridge bunnies. They’re all friendly as all get-out and up for adoption!

Trooper Update

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Trooper sailed through the operation with flying colours and he’s with foster mom Rae recovering. (We’re still waiting for photos). He’s in great hands, Rae is a nurse.
We can’t thank everybody enough for your donations and good wishes. We’ve raised enough for the operation and managed to pay off a big chunk of our vet bill, which means the next bunny coming through in an emergency won’t be nail biter.

RIP Lucky & Patience

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Thanks so much to the Burrard Animal Hospital emergency staff for being so kind when we brought Lucky in last night. She was in heart failure and didn’t make it, but Jenna, Dr. Basi and the rest of the staff did their best. The clinic was very supportive of rescue. Lucky was a large New Zealand girl rescued from the UBC research lab along with her boyfriend Oak, who is now also mourning her loss. It hasn’t been a good 24 hours for New Zealands, we also lost Patience, a smaller white New Zealand, one of four abandoned rabbits found in Maple Ridge. She had been fighting a mysterious ailment and losing weight for the last couple of weeks. In spite of multiple tests and vet visits, she passed this morning. RIP Lucky and Patience.
https://burrardvet.com/

Trooper, broken leg bunny

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Deanna took last night’s broken leg bunny (now named ‘Trooper’) to Apex today and the news isn’t good. He’s neutered so he’s probably a recent dump. His foot is broken with the bone sticking through the skin and his hip is badly dislocated. The choices are euthanasia or amputation. He’s eating and seems really happy to be out of that scary parking lot. He’s appreciative of pellets, salads and even his meds. We really need to raise some funds to treat this bunny.  Can people pitch in their extra-cup coffee money? Go without some other little luxury? Get a friend to donate? Stage a mini-bake sale at work? Anything? Whatever can be done to help out this bunny. Unfortunately we can’t cover this.
https://www.gofundme.com/nu59c7u4

Vet bills keep piling up..

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And the vet bills keep piling up. One of our rescued meat bunnies from Coquitlam started lurching and looking poorly. She was rushed to the vet (kudos to the Little Paws Animal Clinic for seeing her at the end of a very long day making it much much longer). We thought she had a broken rear leg, but a million x-rays later and no answers.
ALSO: We haven’t had a chance to post about our other sick bunnies, but since our last update, poor Bart had to have surgery to remove a long and deep abscess on his back; an old girl from the Surrey sanctuary has been in semi-intensive care receiving exams, fluids and nutrients after a dental issue; Vlad’s face abscess returned requiring exams and cleaning, and many other bunny issues. (The bill at Little Paws alone is already back up to being over $1700). Donations would be so very much appreciated. Here’s our GoFundMe link. Please share!
https://www.gofundme.com/nu59c7u4

RHD Vaccine Clinic

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Rabbitats will be staging a RHD vaccine clinic for all Rabbitats fosters, adopters and volunteers on Friday (Oct. 19) from 5 pm to 6:30 pm at the Little Paws Animal Clinic in Steveston. Please email rabbitats1@gmail.com or join our group if you have an unvaccinated rabbit. We will be able to do at least 40 rabbits, once we have our own rabbits taken care of (we have less than 40) we can open it up to other rabbits, however the costs at this time are unknown, we have to consult with Little Paws. (The charges at previous clinics have been around $40). Keep in touch via our group! While the RHDV2 virus has been inactive since the summer, history dictates it can reoccur at any time in any location, we STRONGLY recommend vaccinations for all rabbits.

Tigger Update 2

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Hi all, Tigger (or Oscar) is through the surgery and awake, so far, so good. Thanks so much to Adam, Joseph and Diana at Little Paws, it took up their whole day off.
They opted to amputate, they didn’t have a plate small enough, pins aren’t an option and they were afraid the recovery time and chance of complications was too great. They manipulated his other leg/hip back into the socket and hopefully it will recover without being compromised, otherwise we’ll be looking for a wheelchair.
Right now we’re looking for some pretty intensive foster care, especially if he doesn’t start eating. He’ll need three different meds two and three times a day. The incision will need to be iced and he may need to be fed Critical Care.
It would also be helpful (and potentially necessary) to find someone who can give him shots.
His cage is going to require at first constant cleaning, we really need to make sure he stays dry and doesn’t pick up an infection. Once he starts getting back on his feet (after a lot of cage rest) he’ll need a surface with traction, he can’t be on hardwood or linoleum.
Some people have offered to foster and/or adopt, thanks so much, but as you can tell, we really need to make sure it’s the right fit.
Thanks also to everybody who donated, sent prayers and gave advice.