House Rabbit Society Buy a Bunny a Little Time 2018-04-25T21:43:19Z https://rabbit.org/feed/atom/ WordPress HRS <![CDATA[Meet Ben E. Bun!]]> https://rabbit.org/?p=24792 2018-03-31T01:18:01Z 2018-04-02T13:00:44Z

Ben E. Bun has a very unique personality with Ben E. Bun specific characteristics. Binky bunnys’ because;  it’s Spring, it’s morning/evening & that means fresh greens & strategically situated bunny treats about the living room – including Bun Cottage. Binky bunnys’ because it’s bedtime & that means it’s time for his most favourite rabbit pellets – […]]]>

Ben E. Bun has a very unique personality with Ben E. Bun specific characteristics. Binky bunnys’ because;  it’s Spring, it’s morning/evening & that means fresh greens & strategically situated bunny treats about the living room – including Bun Cottage. Binky bunnys’ because it’s bedtime & that means it’s time for his most favourite rabbit pellets – Hagen Gourmet. After any sustained personal attention or, one on one face grooming there is a bunny flop followed shortly thereafter by a full body stretch with accompanying yawn…it is good to be Bun!  🐇

To submit your own photo, please email photos@rabbit.org.

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HRS <![CDATA[Meet Mr. Bigglesworth!]]> https://rabbit.org/?p=24765 2018-03-31T01:10:34Z 2018-04-01T13:00:13Z

Hi, I’m Mr. Bigglesworth! My parents call me Biggles. ​I am a 2 year old holland lop. I am a free roam bunny so, I get to visit my parents in bed before they wake up and race around in the evening after they go to sleep. Here are some photos to show you who I am! To […]]]>

Hi, I’m Mr. Bigglesworth! My parents call me Biggles. ​I am a 2 year old holland lop. I am a free roam bunny so, I get to visit my parents in bed before they wake up and race around in the evening after they go to sleep. Here are some photos to show you who I am!

To submit your own photo, please email photos@rabbit.org.

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HRS <![CDATA[Meet Martie!]]> https://rabbit.org/?p=24763 2018-03-27T03:00:08Z 2018-03-31T13:00:46Z

Meet Martie! To submit your own photo, please email photos@rabbit.org.]]>

Meet Martie!

To submit your own photo, please email photos@rabbit.org.

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HRS <![CDATA[Meet Blitz & Sissy!]]> https://rabbit.org/?p=24761 2018-03-27T02:49:44Z 2018-03-30T13:00:10Z

Meet Blitz (White) & Sissy (Black) – two continental giant sisters! To submit your own photo, please email photos@rabbit.org.]]>

Meet Blitz (White) & Sissy (Black) – two continental giant sisters!

To submit your own photo, please email photos@rabbit.org.

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HRS <![CDATA[Meet Smurf!]]> https://rabbit.org/?p=24759 2018-03-27T02:44:38Z 2018-03-29T13:00:45Z

Meet Smurf! To submit your own photo, please email photos@rabbit.org.]]>

Meet Smurf!

To submit your own photo, please email photos@rabbit.org.

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HRSAdmin <![CDATA[Annual Chapter Manager Licensing Report]]> https://rabbit.org/?p=24785 2018-03-28T20:56:49Z 2018-03-28T20:56:49Z

Chapter Manager Report

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HRS <![CDATA[Meet Annabeth!]]> https://rabbit.org/?p=24757 2018-03-27T02:39:02Z 2018-03-28T13:00:49Z

Meet Annabeth! She is a 11 month old holland lop who love to eat and lay down after a nice hop or some binkys and sprints around the living room or the backyard. Her favorite treats are watermelons and yogurt chips and she loves to hang out with her bestfriend Dumpling. One of her talents […]]]>

Meet Annabeth! She is a 11 month old holland lop who love to eat and lay down after a nice hop or some binkys and sprints around the living room or the backyard. Her favorite treats are watermelons and yogurt chips and she loves to hang out with her bestfriend Dumpling. One of her talents includes jumping from the ground to very high places. She has brought much joy and laughter into our life.

To submit your own photo, please email photos@rabbit.org.

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HRSAdmin <![CDATA[HRS Goes to the Movies!]]> https://rabbit.org/?p=24746 2018-03-21T18:58:18Z 2018-03-21T18:58:18Z Do you like going to the movies? Starting Friday, you’ll see this Easter PSA we just made at House Rabbit Society on the big screen! It will be played once before each movie at the following theaters around the US the week prior to Easter 2018:

Metreon 16 – San Francisco, CA
Century Hilltop 16 – San Francisco, CA (in Richmond,CA)
Rainbow Promenade 10 – Las Vegas, NV
Mira Mesa 18 with IMAX – San Diego, CA
Park 12 Cobb Stadium Cinemas – Atlanta, GA (in Marietta, GA)
Gravois Bluffs Stadium 12 – St. Louis, MO (in Fenton, MO)
Cinemark 18 with XD – Los Angeles, CA
Lincoln Square 13 – New York, NY
Arden Center 14 – Sacramento, CA

See you at the movies!

#NOTanEasterToy #AdoptDontShop #MakeMineChocolate

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Anne Martin <![CDATA[Sarcocystis study – A new neurological disease in rabbits?]]> https://rabbit.org/?p=24719 2018-03-17T03:06:06Z 2018-03-15T23:53:33Z

                  Sarcocystis – A new neurological disease in rabbits?  If you have a rabbit with neurological symptoms, you may be able to participate in a House Rabbit Society study. In the last few years at House Rabbit Society headquarters in Richmond, CA, we have seen a number […]]]>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarcocystis – A new neurological disease in rabbits?  If you have a rabbit with neurological symptoms, you may be able to participate in a House Rabbit Society study.

In the last few years at House Rabbit Society headquarters in Richmond, CA, we have seen a number of rabbits with neurological symptoms that are different than what we would expect with E. cuniculi.  From 2016-2018, we have found 22 rabbits with neurological symptoms who have tested positive for a parasite called Sarcocystis, using a PCR blood test.  Two rabbits with neurological symptoms passed away and on necropsy were found to have Sarcocystis in their brain tissue or spinal fluid, using a PCR test.  Many of these rabbits have tested negative for E. cuniculi.  These rabbits have come from at least 6 counties in Northern California (Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sacramento).

House Rabbit Society is seeking to enroll 50 rabbits with similar symptoms in this study.  These rabbits can be in a rescue/shelter, or in a private home.

What is Sarcocystis?

Sarcocystis is a genus of single-celled parasites that have a two-host lifecycle.  The definitive host is generally the opossum, and a prey animal contracts the parasite by eating feces-contaminated grass or plants.  The infected prey animal must be eaten by a predator to transmit the parasite, and the predator’s feces can then contaminate plants.

There are many different species of Sarcocystsis that affect different animals. S. neurona causes neurological symptoms in horses and sea mammals, while S. falcatula causes neurological symptoms in birds of prey.  House Rabbit Society is doing DNA sequencing to try to determine which species of Sarcocystis is being found in rabbits.  At this point, we know the species affecting rabbits is not S. neurona or S. falcatula, but there are many species of Sarcocystis, and it’s possible this could even be a closely related Apicomplexa.

What are the symptoms of Sarcocystis?

The most common symptom of rabbits who have tested positive for Sarcocystis is ataxia.  The rabbits have a “drunken” appearance and are wobbly when they hop, often have intention tremors where the wobbling is worse when they’re trying to move towards something, and might fall over.  They might also have weakness in a hind-limb, and the weakness, ataxia, and falling over may get progressively worse. Other symptoms have included: seizures, turning in circles, head tilt, rolling, and stargazing.

Here are videos of rabbits who are positive for Sarcocystis.

House Rabbit Society has tested some healthy rabbits who tested positive for Sarcocystis, but those rabbits have not developed neurological symptoms. At this point, it appears that not all rabbits who have been exposed to the parasite will develop neurological symptoms.

How can I prevent my rabbit from getting Sarcocystis?

Rabbits cannot catch Sarcocystis from each other. Housing your rabbit indoors will prevent your rabbit from coming into contact with opossum or predator feces. If you live in an area where you see opossums, or in an area where there have been other rabbits diagnosed with Sarcocystsis, you may want to restrict outdoor playtime for your rabbit or put down a clean blanket/rug outside covering the exercise area before providing supervised outdoor playtime.

Is there treatment for Sarcocystis?

House Rabbit Society has been treating rabbits who have tested positive with Ponazuril and/or ReBalance.  Both of these drugs were developed to treat S. neurona in horses.  While these drugs seem to help stabilize some of the affected rabbits, others have had progressively worsening neurological symptoms or have passed away from what appears to be other causes.  As we learn more about Sarcocystis in rabbits, we hope to be able to help find new treatments.

Who can participate in this study?

House Rabbit Society is looking for 50 rabbits who have similar symptoms to what is described above to enroll in our study. Rabbits can be in a rescue/shelter or in a private home.

Rabbits will have blood drawn for an E. cuniculi and Sarcocystis blood test, and the results will be shared with you. If you are in the SF Bay Area, we may ask you to come to House Rabbit Society or a partnering vet office for a blood draw. If you are elsewhere in the country, we may ask your rabbit-savvy veterinarian to help draw and submit the blood to the labs on our account.  There is little risk to your rabbit for participating in the study; there can be temporary bruising at the site of the blood draw.  If your rabbit tests positive for one or both parasites, we recommend following up with your primary veterinarian to discuss treatment, and we may follow up with you in the future to inquire about your rabbit’s health and to share any new information that might be helpful.

There is no cost for your rabbit to participate in the study. The value of the blood tests is approximately $150.  If you choose to make a donation to House Rabbit Society of any amount, we can test additional rabbits.

The findings from this study will help House Rabbit Society learn more about rabbits who are positive for Sarcocystis, and may help us to improve diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions in rabbits.  We will post our findings to rabbit.org and plan to present findings at veterinary conferences.

If you are interested in your rabbit participating, please email us with your city/state and a short video or two of your rabbit’s neurological symptoms.  If you are a veterinarian and would like to learn more, you are also welcome to email us.

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HRS <![CDATA[Meet Appa!]]> https://rabbit.org/?p=24701 2018-03-13T04:01:45Z 2018-03-15T13:00:25Z

Meet Appa! To submit your own photo, please email photos@rabbit.org.]]>

Meet Appa!

To submit your own photo, please email photos@rabbit.org.

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