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Rabies, Sick Rabbits, and Dog Attacks…Oh My!

376235_438809856141075_250064950_nHappy Friday everyone!

I totally had another post planned for today, but with everything going on this week I've gotten so behind on....well, on everything really!  I've been attempting to put some extra hours in at work, because who doesn't need extra money around the holidays?  Plus I spent most of the day on Wednesday at the hospital getting my 4th (and last!) rabies shot.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, you can read a bit about that whole fiasco here.  But basically, I was bitten by a feral cat that might have had rabies.  Not fun.  It's going to be even less fun when the hospital bills start coming in.  But I don't even want to think about that right now!

DSCN0592It's just been a very stressful couple of weeks for us.  On top of being stressed about the whole rabies ordeal, we started our little Poppet on antibiotics on Monday.  She has a UTI.  She's okay, pretty much her normal hyper self, but she was having a lot of accidents outside of the litter boxes.  As soon as I noticed the issue, in my typical fashion I started thinking the worst.  I really hope there isn't anything going on with her kidneys.  Especially so soon after loosing Haku to kidney failure.  But for now, we're treating the UTI and keeping a close eye on her.  Luckily the meds don't seem to be bothering her tummy too much.  Rabbit owners will know what I mean, possible tummy/gut issues are always a concern when it comes to rabbits.

 

Aurora, Miyuki, and Barnaby are all doing well.  Kitsune is too, but we actually had an incident with him last weekend too.  When it rains it pours right?  So last Sunday afternoon my fiance was very sweet and offered to go for a walk with Kitsune and I.  We thought it'd be a good way to get out of the house and de-stress a bit.  Kitsune was on his leash, of course, and we were walking in one of the fields at our local park.   Allll the way on the other side of the field there were two people with two off leash dogs who were playing together.  When one of the dogs spotted Kitsune it started running towards us, with its owner chasing behind.  The dog ran full force right into Kitsune and my poor pup went flying, then hit the ground so hard that it caused him to roll over a couple of times.  After that I scooped Kitsune up so the other dog couldn't get to him and my fiance got between me and Kitsune and the other dog, who at that point was trying to jump up on me so that he could get to Kit.

3No one got bit or anything like that, but once the other dog's owner got his dog under control I put Kitsune down and he was limping.  He hurt his right rear leg.  It turned out just being a sprain, and I know things could have turned out much much worse, but still no one ever wants to see their little ones hurt.  Luckily my little fuzzbutt is a tough cookie, and he's already doing much better.  I can tell his leg isn't 100% yet, and have been giving him pain meds for it, but he's not limping anymore.

It really frustrates me when stuff like this happens.  When Kitsune was a puppy, he absolutely adored other dogs.  It didn't matter if they were big, small, in between, there wasn't a dog he wouldn't happily greet and play with if allowed too.  But then he was attacked by a big dog who literally broke through its owner's front door to get to us as we were walking by.  Kitsune was okay, but started acting very weary around large dogs.  I worked really hard with him to get him to be okay around big dogs again.  He didn't usually want to play with them like he used too, but at least we could walk by them without him getting really nervous.  Then it happened again, a lady who was sitting with her dog dropped her dog's leash and her dog bit Kitsune.

This incident that happened last weekend will be the third time that Kitsune has been hurt by a large dog.  At this point I really don't blame him one bit for being nervous around big dogs.  He's okay around big dogs that he knows, like our neighbor's dog, but usually gets very nervous around strange big dogs.  He absolutely adores small dogs, by the way.  I guess I'll continue working with him around big dogs.  I don't care if he doesn't want to interact with them much, but we have to be able to walk by them outside without him being afraid.  I just hope that he doesn't have any more negative encounters with them.  I try so hard to protect him from those types of incidents, but we can't put him in a bubble.

So that's been my week pretty much.  It's frustrating when something you love a lot, animals in my case, cause you so much stress.  It almost makes you want to take a few steps back for awhile.  Of course I'll always love and spoil my own pets.  Nothing compares, when it comes to stress relief, to snuggling with a warm fuzzy puppy!  But I've been having a bit of a hard time getting motivated to write about pet stuff lately.  Don't worry, I'm not going to take a break from Paw Print, and I'm sure I'll get back into the swing of things soon.

I hope everyone is having a great December so far!  🙂  Stay tuned for some fun posts next week, and don't forget to enter our Pet Gift Box giveaway before it ends on Dec.1oth.

  • Oh no! I hope Poppet feels better soon. I definitely know exactly what you are talking about with antibiotics and gut issues, I used to have chinchillas and that stuff can be so scary!

    I'm so sorry that Kitsune got attacked. Ugh.. gotta love irresponsible dog owners!! I hope his leg feels better soon and things calm down for you!

    • Michelle

      Thank you! It is scary, especially since we haven't had Poppet that long so I really had no idea how she'd respond to antibiotics. It would just break my heart if something happened to her. My other rabbit, Barnaby, is so in love with her and he's already had to go through losing 3 other bunny friends in his lifetime.

      It really makes me sad how many irresponsible dog owners there are where I live. I'm sure it's everywhere but still. Kit's leg seems to be healing up well, thank you! 🙂

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