August 19, 2017

Our Annual Hop-A-Thon Fundraiser

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We are happy to announce our upcoming Annual Hop-A-Thon Fundraiser! The walk takes place, Saturday in September 9, 2017 , (rain or shine) Registration is 10:30 a.m. The walk (or hop) begins at 11:00 a.m. Location for the event is Bemis Woods, Grove 1 Western Springs, IL Please Note: Enter on Wolf Road, just north […]

Thumper And Splash Are Adopted!

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Here is an adorable bonded pair waiting for adoption to a forever home. Thumper is a boy Netherland Dwarf and Splash is his male Lionhead companion. Both are around 2 years of age. These two boys have very sweet and charming personalities. Dwarfs can be known to have, what we like to call, bunitudes. Not this […]

Old Rabbit Paralysis: Part I

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Old Rabbit Paralysis Part 1: Spondylosis of the Lumbar Spine and Trauma Q. We have been told that our bunny has “old bunny paralysis” and nothing can be done. Is this true? What is this and why does it happen? There are many diseases that can affect the neurological state of a rabbit. It is […]

Old Rabbit Paralysis Part II: Parasites

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PARASITES The two most common parasites causing neurological disease in the rabbit are Encephalitozoon cuniculi (also known as Nosema cuniculi) and Baylisascaris procyonis. In this part of the series we will discuss Encephalitozoon cuniculi. Encephalitozoon cuniculi Cause: There is a protosoal (one-celled) organism in the microsporidia family that can infect a number of species of […]

Old Rabbit Paralysis: Part III

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Baylisascaris Procyonis Q. We have been told that our bunny has “old bunny paralysis” and nothing can be done. Is this true? What is this and why does it happen? To review briefly, there are many causes of weakness in the pet rabbit. We have discussed vertebral spondylosis and trauma in Part I and a […]

Old Rabbit Paralysis: Part IV

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Old Rabbit Paralysis Part IV: Strokes, Infections, Neoplasia (Cancer), and Systemic Disease Q. We have been told that our bunny has “old bunny paralysis” and nothing can be done. Is this true? What is this and why does it happen? This is part four, the final in a series on the cause of paralysis or […]

Rabbit GI Physiology and Nutrition

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by Susan A. Brown, DVM Rabbits are strict herbivores. Their relatively small body size makes it difficult to store large volumes of coarse fiber as might be done in the cow or horse. The gastrointestinal tract (GIT) attempts to eliminate fiber as quickly as possible. Large fiber particles stimulate motility of the GIT. The rabbit […]

E. Cuniculi

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by Susan A. Brown, DVM E. cuniculi is a one celled organism that is a parasite that can affect a number of different species of animals. It is a common finding in rabbits and the majority of the time itdoesn’t cause any obvious clinical disease at all. It is spread through urine as the “adult” […]

Caring For The Newborn Rabbit

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The following information is provided as a reference source in cases where either wild or domestic baby bunnies are involved. The Third Edition of HOUSE RABBIT HANDBOOK was used in compiling some of this data. Wild Rabbits In most cases where individuals have found rabbit nests in their backyards, the nest HAS NOT BEEN abandoned […]

Rabbits Are Stupid?!?

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By Julie Smith It’s so stupid, it will mount your arm if you reach into its cage. He’s so stupid he always knocks the food bowl out of your hand when you try to feed him. He’s so stupid, he doesn’t know he’s chasing one of his friends instead of his competitor. The Smart Species […]