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Raised by 11 people in 12 months
Created August 5, 2017
Nonoy Parlade
on behalf of Liogen Pearl Taylor
Rescued Rabbit 1: Pili needs you!

Please help us save sweet little Pili.

Pili is a sweet little girl that we just recently rescued. She is 3 months old with a body weight of 3.3lb and was only fed with poultry pellets all her life. She was born on April 29, 2017 and was given to us by Aug 2, 2017. They just informed us about her disability. but as we got to know her, we found complications that we never ever thought of. Aside from her splayed legs, She has a severe dental problem that is making it difficult for her to eat hay. Three (3) of her teeth are overgrown and the other one seems like it was broken off. Because of her dental issues, she's also unable to eat hay and does not have normal rabbit poop (hers is soft, discolored and few).

We also saw her wounds on her feet probably because of the wire floored cages where she came from. We still don't know if this is sorehocks. There's also a wound on her private part which hurts her when it is being touched. Also, while we were petting her, we noticed that she has scabies that is starting to spread.

She's in terrible shape and we need your help providing medical care for her.

First, we will go to Vets in Practice in Philippines to get her check up and other assessments. but lately, this is what we think that she needs.

She needs to get her xray for her legs, to know what's the best we could do.
She needs to get her teeth trimmed as soon as possible.
She needs to get all of her wounds check if they are really sorehocks or not.
She needs to get a shot for her scabies.

As we learn more about rabbits with disabilities, we believe we'll need more funds for medical and continuing care.   We want her to live a full and happy life.

Please help her. We need to raise about $500 for her initial medical support and her continuing care, but this is just a prelimniary estimate. Your support is the only way we could continue and save rabbits with special needs like Pili.

https://www.facebook.com/SaveRabbitsPH/posts/438590876522146  (More pictures available here)
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Rescued Rabbit 2: Carrie's Progress and Why It's Animal Cruelty When You Don't Bring Your Pet to a Vet

So Carrie is my latest rescue. She wasn't eating hay, wasn't drinking water, and was just hunched all the time (position when a rabbit is uncomfortable). She had tangled and dirty hair (with some urine scalding to boot). You knew that she was a pretty breed, but it was also evident that she was in bad condition.

In this post, I want to show you a couple of short videos about her progress: eating, drinking, binkying, grooming, untangling. Those are small victories, but I'm very grateful for those. Finally, I also have a picture compilation of her all flopped (relaxed).

I want to show you that if you only show your bunny some love and patience, things will work out. So far so good. Thank you to all who's had kind words for Carrie.

Eating Hay ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdky5OwV2HE)
Drinking Water ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O1ySTfyuRU)
Combing ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8QSILqVyEo)
Cutting Tangles ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdCWV3KmwpY)
Binky! ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM8ZkQhBQKc)

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It's animal cruelty when you don't get your pet treated by a vet. Let's use Carrie's example. Having mites is an extremely itchy and painful condition for rabbits. Imagine thousands of these mites biting under the skin. It's so bad, you shed entire portions of your skin (like a snake). Now, in Carrie's case, it seemed like she's had the condition for months. On her first 2-3 nights with me, she hardly slept. She was itching and grooming all the time.

Do you know that a Revolution tube costs P300 (That's $6 for our US friends)? And each tube is probably worth 2-3 doses. And each dose can protect your bunny from mites, lice and worms for about 6 months. You let your rabbit suffer 3-4 months for P300. Tell me that's not animal cruelty.

So here's the takeaway to share to your friends. Please don't be cheap about bringing your pet to the vet. Imagine the pain and discomfort they may have to go through because of a few bucks you're trying to save. Is their life worth your cigarette money? Your drinking money? Be fair to your pets.

#Carrie_SaveRabbitsPH
Here's Carrie, at home in her new home
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Rescued Rabbit 2 (Carrie) Why Rabbits Must Never Be Given as Pets

Carrie was a gift from a mom to a kid about 4 months ago. How she went from a perfect white little bunny to a hurting, severely damaged one is an all too common story of neglect. A rabbit is not a gift.
In the almost three days that Carrie has been with me, I've been discovering more painful stuff. Her legs look like they're half eaten by mites already. Her bum is all matted and dirty. And her ears look like they've been shredded. She scratches almost constantly. She rarely drinks water.

This rehabilitation will be harder than I originally thought.

So here's what has happened so far.

1) I've started putting virgin coconut oil on her ears, nose and most of her body to help relieve the itchiness and to help smother the mites. I'm not sure how long it takes for the ivermectin shot to kick in, but I'm hoping most of the mites will be dead by now.

2) I've also given her a dose of meloxicam because I can imagine the discomfort she feels with the pain and itchiness of the mites.

3) I've started grooming her and cutting out the tangled hair since those can become infected as well.

4) I've completely stopped giving her the pellets that came with her. They stink. I suspect that was Integra 3000. I've introduced her to different types of hay and much better rabbit pellets and all sorts of greens from the garden. I took that risk since she's already eight months old and because I didn't have a lot of choices in terms of her diet. Fortunately, her tummy's been okay.

5) I'm giving her Benebac everyday to help restore her tummy fauna

6) I'm giving her Doxycycline twice a day. Hopefully that helps prevent skin infections from all her wounds.

7) I'm also force feeding water via syringe (but not with much success). To date, most of her fluid intake is still from the sopping wet veggies.

8) She's of course in an isolation room since I can't have my other bunnies getting infected. We gave them all Revolution anyway as a preventive measure.
I don't know if it's my imagination but it does seem like she's learning to like her new surroundings. It's a nice wholesome place where people actually take care of her.

Please support my efforts to "rehabilitate" Carrie. You can either donate via GoFundMe using the link below.

https://www.gofundme.com/saverabbitsph

Please help save other animals. Spread this post and the word that animals are not meant to be gifts. Most of the time, they end up hurt, wounded, abused, neglected and dead.

#Carrie_SaveRabbitsPH

https://www.facebook.com/SaveRabbitsPH/posts/450912125290021
Carrie with Legs Wounds
Carrie with lacerated ears
Carrie in her foster home
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Rescued Rabbit 2: Carrie with Nose & Ears Wounded

I received a note in my FB page about a rabbit that a family wants to give up. Short, heartbreaking but all too common story -- the mom gave this to her kid as a gift and no one took care of the bunny. They didn't want to bring her to the vet even though it was obvious she was diseased and deteriorating. She's estimated at 8 months old.

And so although I desperately wanted to lash out at the mom, I just prioritized Carrie's well being. I just said I'll foster her first and had her delivered to my house.

When I got home from work, she was already there. I found what seemed like old, festering wounds in her ears. She looked like an ant eater since her nose looked partially detached. She had matting all over her body. She was also on the obese side with pellets as her primary diet. It seemed like she had some feet wounds, but I'm not sure yet if those were sore hocks. She was very beautiful when they bought her (they sent me a BEFORE picture). Now she looked like life had definitely taken at toll.

I rushed her to the rabbit vet not 30 minutes after I got her. It's a very bad case of mange. The vet gave her an ivermectin shot, shaved her matted fur and then prescribed antibiotics and some skin medicine. I'm also giving her probiotics to help counter the potential tummy impact of the antibiotics.

The vet was hesitant to do a blood sample yesterday since we stressed Carrie enough. I'll save that for next week when she gets her follow-up ivermectin shot (or perhaps a topical selamectin dose).

I think it's far from over. She hasn't even adjusted to our house yet. She hasn't drank anything in nearly 18 hours. I've resorted to force feeding water and some Pedialyte. She takes it in every now and then but largely resists. And since she's not a big hay eater, I've also risked a lot of water spinach just to ensure she doesn't get dehydrated.

If she doesn't fare any better later and drinks on her own, I'll probably take her back to the vet for an IV fluid injection. Otherwise, she might end up with GI Stasis by the end of the day.

She hasn't flopped yet and has spent a lot of time scratching and grooming (the itch I suppose). She's not very active and prefers to stay in one corner of the pen (I have a spare).

If she gets through all this, I also plan to get her spayed to head off potential cancer.

I estimate her vet bills and supplies (they left here without a cage) would reach $150 in the next two weeks. I'm asking for help in three ways:

1) Do make a direct donation. This will go to her vet bills and supplies and will make my efforts to save other rabbits sustainable.

2) Please share with your friends that rabbits are not meant to be gifts; that being a pet owner means that you have a responsibility to make sure medical issues are treated; and finally that being a pet owner means that you commit to the long term care of the pet and not just when it's convenient.

3) Tell your friends to adopt, not shop. Getting pets from breeders and pet stores will make life miserable for other animals and will promote the exploitation of animals.

Here are some pictures of Carrie:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1812821778745863&set=a.159849427376448.37894.100000541750562&type=3&theater&comment_id=1812834718744569&reply_comment_id=1813380942023280&force_theater=1&notif_t=photo_comment&notif_id=1504740614407118

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1812821752079199&set=a.159849427376448.37894.100000541750562&type=3&theater


Thank you.
This is her diseased ear
Carrie front view
Carrie's other diseased ear
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Here's the latest from Pili's foster parent, Ahley:

"Finally! Pili's teeth has been trimmed! Thank you for all the people who helped Pili to fight for her. She's so happy that she can finally eat freely and drink without teeth blocking her.

Her teeth were trimmed at Vets in Practice by Dr. Nielsen, one of the great rabbit savvy vets here in the Philippines.

We have some good news and some bad news.
Good news is she is already eating some hay. Actually as soon as she had a chance to eat hay after the trimming, she just immediately munched some hay. Good thing I brought a lot of hay for her. Her poo is now a healthy poo, also. She's making such a huge progress lately and this really really made us happy. Her vet also gave us an ointment for the wound that she got on her leg. The splay leg part is now healing perfectly. The vet said that putting some VCO on it is great because VCO helped her to protect her skin from her pee when it gets wet because of her disability. But with the wound on her normal leg, it seems that it already has infection but he said just continue with the VCO and the ointment, and we have to observe it. But with all of the wounds that she got when we first got her, they are totally healing very fast. All she needs is extra care and love. <3

Okay, Bad news..

The vet said that the type of teeth that she has is chalky. Normal rabbits have pearly white teeth, but with Pili, it is chalky. It means she would need a regular trimming if we notice that it's getting long again. Hay can probably help to slow it down a little, but she will still need to go to the vet when it gets long. Another bad news is the vet warned us that they might be an extreme thing that might happen to Pili when she gets old and heavier. There would be a possibility that she could get amputated. But we're trying to plan to build her a wheelchair.

But anyway, thank you so much for the support you have given to Pili. She's getting happier everyday. We will post more updates soon.."
Pili's Teeth After Operation
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Raised by 11 people in 12 months
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