Monday, December 6, 2010

Testing Out My Vet's Suggestions

Over the weekend, I tested out my veterinarian’s suggestions for incorporating pineapple juice into Walter’s medication routine.  I started with the add-juice-into-the-syringe approach, but what I failed to realize ahead of time was that this would mean that there would be more liquid to squirt into Walter’s tiny rabbit mouth.  I have enough trouble getting him to take just one milliliter of medicine; adding four more was torturous!

Needless to say, this method failed for me.  Next, I tried to put out a small dish of plain pineapple juice, in the hopes that Walter would slurp it down, and the next time I could place out a small dish of pineapple juice laced with meds.  Walter snubbed the juice entirely.

So, back to the basics, which now entails using some serious brute strength to hold Walter in place and force the medicine down his throat. Walter repaid me by tearing his entire box fort to shreds on Saturday.

I’m about a third of the way through Walter’s medication period. Only two more months to go, and I can’t wait for this to be over!


  1. That's too bad. My first rabbit loved pineapple juice, but my second one won't touch it either. Does he likes apples? Maybe some apple sauce in a bowl with hidden medicine?

  2. I love the applesauce idea - I'll give that a try. Thanks for the tip!

  3. Wow, I can't believe it - no pineapple juice? Walter must be one smart bun, he must have predicted what you wanted to use it for. Poor Walt (and you!) - I'm sure he very much appreciates that fort (even if he won't admit it ;)