Oh, I’m bein’ followed by a moonshadow, moonshadow, moonshadowLeapin and hoppin’ on a moonshadow, moonshadow, moonshadow

This entry is very hard to write… It’s a sad, day here on the homestead, our sweet Moonshadow passed away this morning. The poor thing battled but the fly strike was worse than previously thought.   Jordanne held Moonshadow as she died from toxic shock as the larvae ate their way out of her alive.  Before she died, Moonshadow licked Jordanne as if to say ‘thank you for a good life, you tried your best.’   So very sad, very sad.  I am still a little shaken and sickened… it’s been a traumatic experience for all involved…. we tried our best. 

Doubt, blame, anger, grief all these thoughts are consuming our thoughts now. Dwarf bunny’s average lifespan is 4-7 years and she was nearing 3 1/2.  We keep going over and over (and over) in our minds if we could have prevented this — could this have been somehow our fault??? What’s puzzling is that the flies normally will attack a bunny who isn’t cleaned on its backside and Moonshadow was kept clean. So we are suspecting that she may have had an underlying cause that was sensed by these damn awful flies.  We have 2 rabbits the same age, bought from the same store and both on the same diet and kept in the same environment. 

Only Moonshadow had gotten sick all these years. Not too long ago, Moonshadow had another attack of Pasteurella and once bunnies have this they really never get rid of it (she had an her first attack after we brought her home from the pet store which probably got her from a “bunny mill”).   We are going with our gut feeling here on figuring out why whole experience happened to her.  Backtracking, it seems that after her Pastuerella attack,  her gut slowed down which brought on a hairball incident (with her fresh green diet she should have never had in the first place) During this “slow down period”  flies must have sensed her weakness and laid eggs in her scent glands. The first hatching out last Sunday and again today — poor baby.  There was nothing we – not even a vet could have done at this point once they’ve laid inside.   

Thankfully with her being a bunny, nature has it that they go into shock and don’t feel any pain.   Even then, it’s a horrid away to die and a very traumatic experience for all of us.  Death was a relief to her and we are grateful for that.

Thank you to all those who wrote and expressed concern, it certainly helps us through the dark time. We will miss her very much, we (and her pal Sierra) mourn the loss. We did our best and I guess that’s all she could ask, but it still hurts.

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  1. Florence says:

    I am so sorry that sweet Moonshadow died. You did everything that you could do and she knew she was loved and cared for. Bless you.

  2. Liz says:

    Oh I am so sorry to read this. Thanks for updating us on her situation.

  3. kiwi says:

    Sorry for the loss of your much loved Moonshadow. Know that you did all you could.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Please know that you did the best you could and Moonshadow appreciated it. Some are born with weaker immune systems than others are prone to everything that might come along it seems — while a stronger immune system nothing bothers… Life just isn’t fair.

    Very sorry… Thanks for being such good souls to give Moonshadow a good life while she was here.

  5. Jamie says:

    I am soo sorry guys…She was pretty lucky to be able to be a part of your family I KNOW she was well loved ..sending warm thoughts..(((and hugs ..)))

  6. gerry medland says:

    Hi Folks,
    there is no antidote to the pain of loss.wether human or animal we struggle with our emotions at these times.Moonshadow is beyond suffering now and her memory will live on in all our minds as we travel the path together.You all did your best in a traumatic situation.Virtual blessings and hugs to you all.

  7. Anais says:

    Thank you very much for your condolences and sympathy. Your words and kind thoughts certainly have helped us through this dark time and we are sincerely grateful to you all.

    Hugs and love to all.
    The Dervaes family

  8. Peggy says:

    I am sorry for your loss..

  9. Jenn says:

    I don’t know if this would work with the larvae in the anal glands, but when our rabbits used to get bots, I’d put Visine in the wound area, and the larvae would die. It was just a desparate kid thing to do, but it ended up working – you do need to see the larvae for it to work – and your recent situation sounds like you might not have… so sad.

    Anyway, it’s an easy thing to try if you have a problem again, and it might work.