Binky, 3 weeks old
We went to our other vet twice to get their opinion. They started her on antibiotics for a suspected ear infection, but wanted her to continue on the other medication since we had no idea what was causing the issue. They said there was a test for E Cuneculi, and we insisted they test her since I didn't want her taking medication based on a guess. It came back negative. The vet recommended she stay on the antibiotics, despite the fact that she was getting worse and worse on them. Her head was so low at this point that she began flipping over again and again, her eyes were darting back and forth, and couldn't even stand up. One of the vets suggested it might be more humane to put her down.
I took her home from the vet, took her off ALL meds, and began my research and prayers for help! I first started her on raw goat's milk and added in probiotics. She was VERY happy about her new milk!! I couldn't believe how much she LOVED it (but let's face it folks - anything powdered is NASTY, and don't even get me started on KMR! Yuck!).
Here was Binky in her new setup in our den! Trying to figure out the best type of dish for her feed and water bottle height was tricky and had to be adjusted as her head corrected. She loved my fleece pillow cover as a pad (we tucked a heating pad in there for nights)! She got better and better about not knocking the food out of her food dish with her head since she couldn't see that well.
Binky's favorite time in the evenings where she lays on me and get lots of rubs. It was my favorite time of the day too. Such a sweet little girl. :-)
My sister Mary loves to groom me! I love her SO much!
And of course Binky's favorite thing to do is play dress up with her sister Maple!! :-)
When sweet baby Binky was only three weeks old, we noticed that one morning her head was tilted to the side - just slightly. At first, we thought "oh, that's so cute how she cocks her head to the side!" but then later that day I knew in my gut that something was wrong. The next morning, we took her to one of the two vets we use for our bunnies. He said he thought it was E Cuneculi, a parasite that is common in rabbits that show a head tilt. He recommended that she start on medication for E Cuneculi, despite the fact that we really didn't know what was wrong. She kept getting worse and stopped nursing on Winnie as her head was tilting so much that she couldn't latch on. We started syringe feeding her powdered goat's milk + KMR formula. Although she was a fighter and was trying, she did not like it at all, and we were lucky to get 1-2ml in a few times a day.
Binky's first feedings on raw goat's milk,
probiotics and homeopathic remedies.
Since we practice homeopathy, we started her on various remedies, given hourly throughout the day. We moved her out from Winnie and her siblings, and into a cage in our den, where she lived until she was eight weeks old. She stopped flipping overnight and made huge improvements each day, so much so that it was truly unbelievable. She knew the routine, and would run over to the front of her cage to be fed at first three times a day, and then twice a day. She made a full recovery, and was living back with her three sisters full time by nine weeks old. She is such an adorable, sweet baby. We feel so blessed and thankful to God that He helped guide us in healing her. She is a miracle indeed!
Binky got her name for her famous binkying (the name for the little jumps and twists that bunnies do when they are happy)! She never let her handicap get in the way of her doing binkies! :-) By the time she moved in with her sisters, she had completely potty trained herself! Such a smart girl! What an amazing gift God has given us in her life and recovery!
As Binky began to regain head strength with the remedies, she started having playdates with her brothers and sisters (including big sister Annie the Farm Dog), and they all love her so much!
I'm so blessed to have such an amazing family who love me so much. And I give thanks to God for giving me a second chance at life. I am such a happy gal, and life is sweet!!