***I'm a few days late posting this. I began this post last week and was unable to finish & post it on Friday morning. Just imagine you are reading this last Friday!!***
Four weeks ago tomorrow we brought home this adorable, furry little Flemish Giant bunny. He was 4 weeks old at the time and is now celebrating being 8 weeks old.
4 weeks old....he loves fresh kale from the garden
For the time being he's a house bunny. He has a cage in our dining room where he spends most of his time since the cats & dogs show too much interest in him.
4 weeks old.....delicious kale!
He gets to go outside on the deck in an exercise pen to get fresh air, enjoy the sunshine and stretch his legs.
4 weeks old.....Buster loves cuddling with Madelyn
Buster likes to hop into Madelyn's lap to relax. He loves attention & petting.
5 weeks old....Easter morning......Onyx & Nox are never too far away
The cats are always watching, stalking. I'm not sure if they'd deliberately try to hurt him, and I haven't given them the opportunity to try.
5 weeks old......Nox says, "Mmmm yummy bunny"
Just before I snapped these pictures above, both Onyx & Nox were in the chair watching.
6 weeks old
Wow, he's 6 weeks! He loves eating his timothy pellets & hay and any salad greens, spinach, kale, etc.
6 weeks old.....he's getting bigger
Last week Buster wasn't feeling well. He stopped eating & seemed constipated. He quickly lost weight, completely lost his appetite.
7 weeks old.....enjoying the sun, but feeling under the weather
Friday morning he had diarrhea & still wasn't eating. I took him to the vet Friday afternoon. The doctor checked for parasites & bacteria, but both were inconclusive. It was possible he could have a virus and the treatment for both bacterial & viral infections would be the same. After a fluid injection for dehydration, we were sent home with Critical Care food (a powder to be mixed with water to form a paste to be syringe fed), pain meds (he was grinding his teeth, a sign of pain), a pro-biotic paste, & an antibiotic.
7 weeks old
He took his meds like a champ and began feeling better within a couple of days. His appetite returned and he began eating his usual diet of pellets, hay & salad greens. We also discovered that he loves celery! It has been a big help in getting him to take his antibiotic. I place the syringe in the celery and hold the celery tight so that he is only able to take bites of it. As he's biting on the celery, I slowly push the antibiotic into his mouth. It only takes a couple seconds and he has no idea he's taking medicine.
Now that his appetite has returned and he's putting weight back on, I imagine he'll be growing quickly into that giant size bunny he should be.