Animal Clinic

Coke, Bazhang, Pepsi & i made a trip to the vet yesterday. 2 nights ago, I noticed that Coke had diarrhoea. As diarrhoea can be life threatening to a rabbit, i decided to take him to a vet the next day (i.e. yesterday). I also noticed that Bazhang was wheezing / coughing intermittently so i decided to take him to the vet too.

As for Pepsi, i brought her along as well ‘cos she was being insufferably temperamental and her tummy seemed to bulge a little, which led Clown to think that she might be pregnant.

After examining them, the vet’s conclusion was this:

1) Coke was really ill – and was given antibiotics & charcoal+glucose to drink.
2) Pepsi is not pregnant. She’s just… heavy bottom… typical asian female…
3) BZ didn’t wheeze but was given antibiotics just in case he had a cough… but he does have a fungal infection affecting his ears & nose. The vet cleaned out his ears and prescribed antibiotics & anti-fungal medication for him.

BZ was the most traumatised at the vet’s. As he was having an infection (which affected his ears, eyes & skin), the vet was concerned that it might cause a fever so we had to take his temperature. Poor boy had a themometer stuck into his ass… u should’ve seen the look of anguish on his face. He was trembling as the vet was checking him. Poor poor fella. I feel so sorry for him.
After we all got home, i spent most of the day cleaning up their cages, sweeping the yard and so on. It was easy to administer the medicine to Coke. I just had to carry Coke with his tummy facing upwards and point the syringe towards his mouth. The little fella would grab & start chewing on the syringe.. he seemed to really enjoy the medicine.
BZ was the tough one. As he’s so big, i needed both hands to carry him… and he struggle and struggled (guess he was afraid we’ll stick something up his ass again)… in the end, i had to rope in Clown to use the syringe to feed him while i carried him. But BZ refused to eat the medicine and we had to force feed him.
This morning, i tried hard to get BZ to eat his medicine but he dead refused. I gave up after a few tries ‘cos i didn’t want to traumatise him further.

After i got back from work just now, i thought of an idea to get BZ to eat his medicine. I placed the medicine on a spoon and shoved it in his face. BZ’s instant reaction was to bite onto the spoon to “throw” it out of his sight (as he does with all foreign objects). The minute he bit the spoon, i tipped it so that the medicine would flow into his mouth. That worked… but he quickly learnt that he got tricked into eating medicine so when i tried it again with the 2nd medicine, he used his nose to push the spoon away instead of biting onto it.

This cause his nose to be dirtied by the medicine and he got annoyed and started cleaning his face. All i managed to do was to get him to lick the spoon once. Sigh. Too tough… i gave up after a whlie.

I’m going to have to feed BZ this medicine again tomorrow… not sure if he’ll fall for the spoon trick again. Really can’t think of any other ways to feed him… if anyone thinks of something, do let me know!!

1 Big Happy Family

Muah Chee’s water bottle cracked last night and we couldn’t stop the leak so my dad asked me to get her a new one. After work, Clown & i went to the pet shop and that’s when Clown spotted 2 cutest little tiny rabbits that he took a liking to immediately.

Without much consideration, Pepsi (female) & Coke (male) came to join Bazhang & Muah Chee. Clown hasn’t exactly decided if he’s going to leave them at my house or take them home. The main problem about leaving them at my place is that my dad bound to overfeed them… and Pepsi isn’t going to be the super mini dwarf that she’s supposed to be… and Coke will be a dwarf no more.

I mean, i’ve told my dad tons of times not to overfeed the rabbits but he insists on feeding them 3 meals a day. As he’s the one who’s home most of the time, i can’t jolly well stop him either. Would u believe me if i told u that Bazhang’s a dwarf rabbit too? Sigh….

Anyway, BZ didn’t take too kindly to the new rabbits at first. He kept throwing a tantrum & stomped the night away. Muah Chee was more positive. She was real curious & kept sniffing them. No bullying though (unlike BZ). I think BZ was real jealous ‘cos MC was paying them so much attention… and of ‘cos he tried to hump MC but failed (as usual). So… poor old guy just sulked & stomped.

The funniest part when we were setting up home for Pepsi & Coke just now was when Coke & Pepsi started sneaking out of their cage! We apparently bought a cage with grilles that were too wide & so the little rascals could just squeeze right out! Pepsi only did her houdini act once and after i caught hold of her & put her back in the cage, she didn’t make a 2nd attempt. Coke however, was the brazen one. He escaped over & over again, till Clown and my dad had to use wire mesh to fence up their entire cage. Haha… it was really funny.

Another thing i observed was that all the rabbits like to congregate in MC’s cage… as though she has the coolest bachelor’s pad or something. Haha. Everyone hip must hang out there… heh.

Here’re some photos of them… a little blurry ‘cos i haven’t used my digital camera for ages… so i sort of forgot what modes to use & so on. Will have better pictures next time!

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Weighty Issues

My mom’s going to China for holiday for a week and my dad will be going to Dubai for 2 weeks… thus the heavy responsibility of caring fully for the rabbits will rest wholly on my shoulders. I’m going to have to wake up early every morning to feed them before going to work, as well as come home straight after work to feed them again, before i go for any appointments at night.

I hope the rabbits will get used to having only 2 meals a day. They better learn fast that breakfast is a very important meal of the day ‘cos if they don’t eat finish their breakfast cereal (read: pellets), the nasty birds will come & finish the pellets and they’ll have to go hungry. On the other hand, it may not be a bad idea for these rabbits to only have 2 meals a day for the next 2 weeks ‘cos rabbits don’t really need 3 meals a day, just that my dad’s spoilt these rabbits.

Muah Chee has grown a staggering 500gm in 3.5 weeks! She joined our family on 6 Sep 2005 and as of 1 Oct 2005, she had grown from 1.1kg to 1.6kg! Her cheeks are puffy now and her ass is definitely a lot bigger. She’s becoming a JLo i tell you!

As for Bazhang, he’s always been a sumo wrestler of a rabbit so i guess it’s good that he goes on a diet too! As for myself, i’m definitely going to get a good workout with all the chores – feeding rabbits, chasing them about, watering the garden / plants, washing & ironing…. ahhhhhh!!!

Irony is, while i know how to iron my own clothes… i haven’t figured out how to operate the washing machine… heh….