Bunny Rabbit With A Tooth And Salivation Problem
Author: Susan D.
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Testimonial ID: 7984-OR
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Our bunny rabbit developed a problem with drooling and producing too much saliva, which is something they seem to be prone to. Over a period of 18 months, it worsened, he started losing weight, and showed that he was in pain after eating. We tried diet adjustments, cleaning scrupulously, in case it was an allergy, and prayed and did everything we could think of.
The most recent was, since he seemed to always be in pain after eating, I put a drop of Peppermint on my hands and petted his sides. I was scared to do this, but he was sitting there quivering and looking miserable. Within a minute the quivering stopped and soon he was hopping around.
Earlier we had tried Valor on his ears, and that seemed to have a beneficial effect, and also diffused Thieves, hoping it would kill any bacterial problem. That seemed to help, too, and when we added the Peppermint treatment about 2 times a day, he actually started to gain weight again. We were thrilled. Although, puzzled.
For about the last 3 weeks he would eat nothing but broccoli butts and Nabisco shredded wheat, which we had given him occasionally for a treat. He would leave all the little broccoli buds on the floor and just gnaw the butts into oblivion. Why?
Until he jumped off the counter and landed on his face. He had done this once before when he was being groomed, and it was scary, with bleeding mouth, and pain for him. We cleaned him up and waited, and the next day, he seemed almost over it. This time, though, one of his lower teeth was extremely loose. Thinking it was just loose in the gums, we did nothing, hoping it would tighten up. But he couldn't close his mouth! We looked inside and saw that the tooth was actually completely broken off, and attached only a little to the gum, so we pulled it out, with just a small jerk. I put Sacred Mountain on my hands and petted his sides, since it is calming and helps quite a bit with pain.
Well, I am grateful for this whole thing, because I found out, out of desperation, what oils would work for bunny problems. They are extremely sensitive to scents, and I feared to try things on him. But petting him didn't seem to bother him, if we didn't get our oily hands near his head where he would be overwhelmed by the strength of the oils.
However, we began to realize that the over-salivation problem was maybe not a condition as we had thought, but probably this tooth had been an issue for a long time! Now that it is gone, and we have to chop his food up so he can eat, the over-salivation seems to have let up, and maybe it was the sole cause of the problem. Having his tooth knocked out turned out to be a blessing! He still has the other bottom tooth, so he'll get along.
As the days pass, we will find out for sure if the tooth was the main issue. He's eating like crazy now. Oh, and the tooth will grow back in 6-8 weeks, as bunnies' teeth grow continuously. We think he was gnawing the broccoli butts in an attempt to get rid of the tooth. And he would often paw his face desperately on the side where that tooth was.
I'm still putting Sacred Mountain on his sides, petting his fur. The oil is only spread out thinly on my hands, and it still seems to get onto his hair. I think I had read that it travels down the hair shaft and into the system, so I'm going on that.
Again, thank God for the oils. May Gary Young be blessed many times for his devotion to producing a pure and safe product line.
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