Oleander R15/11

Ollie

Oleander is a gold buck with a white nose. He came to us in 2011 after he fought with his young male partner while they were with us for boarding. He was two years old at the time. When his owners got him they thought he was female and would make a good partner for their buck. After they fought they were not able to commit to caring for two pairs of rabbits and so left him with us to enable them to find a more compatible partner for the other rabbit. He now lives with Lavender.

Ollie has a recurrent problem with his bladder because he doesn’t drink enough and sludge builds up. Rabbits have very unusual kidney function in that they excrete much higher levels of calcium than other animals. It is not abnormal for there to be visible deposits of calcium in the urine but when a rabbit does not drink enough the urine becomes very thick and gradually builds up if the rabbit does not manage to fully empty their bladder when they wee which compounds the problem until the bladder becomes enlarged and the contents thickens to the consistency of toothpaste. At this stage the bladder needs to be manually expressed which may require an anaesthetic. I have found that the best way to prevent this in rabbits prone to it is to restrict the pellets they are fed and give them extra veg instead so they have a good intake of water via their food. As long as I stick to this regime Ollie is fine. So he gets extra apples, pears, carrots, cabbage etc which he is quite happy about as is his partner Lavender. As he is also rather prone to being fat the restricted pellet intake is doubly a good thing.