“I just need to take a minute and let everyone know how fantastic the HRS boarding group is. I am new to house rabbits. I fostered Cadbury for 2 years and it was relatively easy but you don’t know what you don’t know until there is a problem. Well, thank goodness for HRS boarding.
We had been having a lot of work done at our house, so the place was a wreck. Cadbury had been not eating but I really attributed it to stress from having her home in so much disarray. She is one of those buns that when you put a new box on the living room floor, she will smell it, paw it, box with it and push it until she is completely sure that it’s ok. So you can imagine having painters, granite people and tile people here for 4 full weeks! And I attributed her not eating merely to anxiety. Well we then were going on vacation, literally the next day.
We had made the decision long ago to board her at HRS so we had reservations. We dropped her off and let them know she wasn’t eating but she was taking her 2 treats so I wasn’t horribly worried. Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong!
Edie, 2 days later, became super concerned and called me in Amsterdam. She was very apologetic but I could tell she was also very worried. I said “treat her as if she was your rabbit.” Fortunately, Edie took me at my word. She and others ferried Cadbury back and forth to the vet. Well, she had quit eating because her back teeth had overgrown and needed to be trimmed. If we had left her with our teenage neighbor, as we do for weekends, Cadbury clearly would not be with us today!
Dr. Colby did emergency surgery to trim her teeth and also realized that she had developed entropian – the eyelid was curling in on itself causing the eyelashes to constantly poke her eye. (She’s had bacterial eye infections ever since she was rescued in a lady’s front yard after being tossed, so I attributed her eye closing to the infection.)
Thank goodness for Edie and Dr. Colby. They got her eating and afterwards Dr. Colby did the eye surgery. Sure, it was a little expensive but today I have a very healthy rabbit. Her eye is completely healed and she is eating and pooping.
I really want everyone to think about making sure that when you are gone, you realize how special bunnies are and that they may need special care. HRS boarding literally saved Cadbury’s life. If I didn’t know how sick she was then, how would the neighbor or house sitter know either? I would let the neighbor come stay with my dog, or with Cadbury for a day or two but any longer than that and she will be at the HRS Rabbit Center.
It could save your bun. I know it saved Cad.”