Trying to Weigh Quincy the Rabbit
A few weeks ago, after a visit to the vet… we learned that Quincy has something called E cuniculi. He had been pooping a lot more than usual, going so far as to leave small pellets around the house (and sometimes even peeing on carpeting).
Up until now, he had always been a pretty ideal bunny. At first, we didn’t know if this was a territorial thing, or if he was upset in some way. It was hard to tell if it was intentional. After the vet visit, we learned that rabbits with the disease oftentimes have difficulty with their bowels, and also have difficulty keeping/maintaining food.
In addition to him going to the bathroom frequently, his weigh has also been an issue (you can feel his ribs, which are disturbingly pronounced). We tried to slip him some additional food in the evenings, but it didn’t seem to make much difference.
With a lot of Quincy’s prior health problems (liver levels, heart disease), he’s on a whole host of medication. It’s embarrassing, but I’ve lost track of specifically all the different things we’re trying to combat. A few of these meds are temporary, and a few are for life.
The collection of six syringes on the right is all the stuff for Quincy; the two on the left are for Baxter.
Additionally, we also put Quincy on Critical Care. We first learned of this stuff after Baxter had an incident of gastro-intestinal statis. Critical Care is a high-nutrition formula, meant to be easily absorbed into the rabbits’ systems.
Normally, you’re only supposed to give a set amount to rabbits – but we were told to give Quincy as much as he wanted. So twice a day (once in the AM, once in the evenings), he gets a healthy amount of the stuff.
Interesting side note: Critical Care actually smells pretty good. It’s got a slight fruity, strawberry kind of tinge to it.
Trying to feed both rabbits eleven different syringes simultaneously is a tricky feat. Usually, I end up slowly feeding/distracting Baxter while Liz gets Quincy through his regimen. It requires a lot of swapping and hand coordination, for sure.
Looking over the notes from our vet, we wanted to see if Quincy had gained any weight recently. To do this, we figured the best way would be to use our kitchen’s digital scale. Additionally, we sprinkled a bit of dry food inside as enticement.
Liz, trying to get Quincy in the frying pan.
Baxter, suddenly curious why Quincy is getting all the attention.
With the food on the stove and knives on the wall, I realize this doesn’t look good.
Aaaand, this doesn’t look very good either. Though I think he looks pretty darn cute. No hasenpfeffer jokes, please.
Despite the odd choice of tools, we were able to determine Quincy’s weight. Compared to what the vet reported… Quincy’s current weight is lower, which surprised us (he was 1.85 kilos at the vet, and a little lower at home). Liz and I both feel he’s gotten better and gained a bit of weight, so we’re going to try to weigh him again in the future. Now that we have a control, it’ll be interesting to see if he’s put on any pounds.
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