Cuteness is a double edge sword – it is either a blessing or a curse. For the Holland Lop rabbit, it is a curse when the breed falls into the hands of greedy people. By greedy I mean people who only have money on their minds. They think they can capitalize on the cuteness and make a quick buck. That is the reason that there has been a long hiatus in updating this blog. On one hand, I felt sorry for so many rabbits being used as commodities while on the other, I jump for joy because the assumption of it being a lucrative business has since made a few idiots lost a lot of money. Yippie Dee Dee Doo DaaaAaa…..
You see, after all said and done, it is a fact that it is very challenging to even produce one decent Holland Lop that is comparatively similar in quality of those in better climate compared to ours. I have wrote about this a few times over the years since 2007 and no one seemed to pay attention or perhaps they just do not understand English all that well. We are dealing with highly adaptable prey animals that are right at the bottom of the food chain. How do you think rats survive in the most hostile environment?
Whatever it is, I am happy that the hype is finally dying down and more rabbits will be spared from suffering in the hands of these “make-shift” and “trading” breeders.
Back in the days when there was little to no awareness of proper rabbit dietary needs and limited availability of products available in the local market, rabbit owners depended a lot on information shared online especially in the online forums. The most common problem that I faced in the rabbitry back then was rabbits going off feed due to contaminated or stale rabbit feed. Going off feed caused their stomachs to bloat due to the build up of bad bacteria in the gut. During such incidents, I have administered a human medication called Zellox II. Zellox II contains an active ingredient called Simethicone which helps as an anti-foaming agent. Although rabbits are not known to burp (not sure if they can fart), it helps relieving the pain caused by gas. In order for them to recover, we need to help them get their gut flora back into a good balance and help them increase the good bacteria as well.
Humans too suffer from gastrointestinal issues such as reflux and bloat due to various reasons. With the experience obtained raising rabbits through such issues usually helps in understanding the reason behind the medication prescribed by the doctors.
Whenever one experiences gastrointestinal problem, the doctor will usually avoid prescribing antibiotics and we all know why…
Do you know why?
Whatever the answer, I am glad that I have not encounter such problems anymore in my rabbits.
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