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Mortgage Hit and Good-bye to Sweetie Belle

February 12th, 2014 at 01:01 pm

The mortgage hit, or rather, I finally got around to checking whether the mortgage hit or not. I didn't send as much in this month, half of what I usually send since we're still recovering from the 4 weeks unpaid time off in January, but it's still going down. New balance is $6406.71.

It has been a difficult week here and we lost another animal, Sweetie Belle, one of our breeding doe rabbits died, so I haven't felt like posting or paying attention to finances until now. She had become one of my favorites and it just hurt to see her go from a thriving, beautiful girl to losing 4 pounds in 3 days, which is a lot for a rabbit that only weighed 10 pounds 6 ounces.

We have to make tough choices in farming and paying $145 just to get in the door at the vets before they even do anything for a $25 rabbit is just not going to happen. And they don't know anything about rabbits. These are dog and cat vets. Farm vets don't see small animals, either. Rabbits get caught in the no nothing zone it seems.

I know what was wrong with her and they couldn't have done anything about it. They could have given her intravenous fluids, but she still would have died. It just would have taken longer. We gave her medicine so she wasn't in discomfort and lots of attention. We gave her some parsley to try to entice her appetite, but even that she only ate a bit of.

I gave her water by syringe several times a day. But I knew what I was facing. You still have to try, though. I kept hoping I was wrong, but post mortem examination showed me she had an intestinal blockage. It happens in rabbits. We've had it once before with a kit.

We buried her in a place where the chickens couldn't dig her up and eat her. Even if we could have taken her to the raptor center for the recovering birds of prey (they won't take them if they have been treated with medicine), we wouldn't have. She was a working part of the farm, but she was also like a pet in that she was well loved in the short 10 months she was with us. She would have been one year old next month.

6 Responses to “Mortgage Hit and Good-bye to Sweetie Belle”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Sorry to hear you had another loss on your farm. Sounds like you did the right things! She was blessed to be in your care. Smile

  2. Looking Forward Says:

    ((HUGS))
    I'm very sorry to hear about Sweetie Belle. Frown
    You are right, it is hard to find vets who treat rabbits - and chickens for that matter. Frown Frown
    We see bunnies at work. Not often, but we have some regulars.
    GI issues, like GI stasis, tops the list of serious rabbit problems. May I suggest you look to see if you can find someone to Rx Metoclopramide injectable to you for future use if needed.
    It's not 100%, but it is better than nothing.. I have seen rabbits cured by using this early on.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Frown I'm sorry for your loss.

  4. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    I'm sorry for your loss. How sad.

  5. TashaC. Says:

    That is sweet that you kept her in comfort when she got sick. I'm sure she appreciated it.

  6. PNW Mom Says:

    I'm so sorry....glad you were there for her and could comfort her when she passed. Frown

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