austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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austin_dern

Hey, hey, hey, hey

We might have a pet health issue with Sunshine, our rabbit. We're hoping it's a small, manageable one. We have an appointment with the vet, although it's two weeks off. I'll keep the rest behind a cut for people not up to pet health issues even if they don't seem serious.

bunny_hugger noticed the problem first, something looking red and maybe sticky on Sunshine's chin. It's hard to see, much, but our rabbit does lean her head back surprisingly often and it's adorable every time. So we get occasional random glimpses and I've found at least one photograph sort-of showing something maybe. bunny_hugger then felt under her chin and it was scaly. Scabby, even.

So I was the bad guy, and held Sunshine up so we could examine her chin and confirm. There's a strip of bare skin under her chin. And Sunshine was EXTREMELY NOT HAPPY about this, huffing and growling with an intensity I've never heard before. We had thoughts about photographing but she was struggling too hard for us to even try. She was not so angry as to refuse a raisin afterwards, though.

Our suspicion is water. Specifically, her chin getting wet from when she drinks water out of her dog dish and staying wet because it's been very muggy lately. (Last weekend none of bunny_hugger's houseplants needed watering.) Chronic moisture can cause a rabbit to lose fur.

We phoned the vet and learned they're slammed with appointments. The earliest we can get is two weeks from now, and first thing in the morning, although they did say they'd call if there were something earlier opening up. They didn't say why they're so busy but I realize that with the end of most Covid-19 restrictions everybody's probably bringing their pets in for the delayed routine checks.

Hopefully it's not anything serious, although we might have to switch Sunshine from the open dish of water --- which she's so adorable licking from --- to a bottle. It's also possible we might have to apply a skin cream or antibiotic to her exposed skin, which will give us new frontiers in testing the human-rabbit relationship. Fortunately (?) she's started sneezing a good bit again. She may have her hay fever back, which justifies us giving her cough syrup again. And she loves cough syrup more than anything else in the world. So cough syrup might be enough of a reward to get her to put up with having something smeared on her chin, if it comes to that.


Let's now finish off that one walk, and then get a couple photographs of Sunshine in.

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More of the front space inside Hotwater Works's still-standing but no-longer-selling front area.


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The empty lot next to Hotwater Works hosts the Allen Street Farmers Market. Allen Street is several blocks over but the actual center's being renovated so this is a decent substitute.


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Fireworks, the Independence Day-themed jigsaw puzzle that bunny_hugger figured she just might finish before the 4th of July. It went quicker than she figured. Look close at this picture. Every detail you notice is more wonderful than the last detail you'd noticed.


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And here's Sunshine sprawled out in the dead bunny flop, one of her favorite poses.


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Slightly different view on her dead bunny flop. Looks cozy, doesn't it?


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And here's a view of Sunshine's fluffy white belly. I'd like to give a report on how suitable it is as a pillow except she is not excited to be used as a pillow.


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