We have an appointment with the vet tomorrow for Babette and her remaining kit, Hot Pocket. She lost her other baby, Enchilada, yesterday afternoon. It was quite a blow to lose two of her kits, just days apart, for no discernible reason.
Babette came to us last May with some health issues, so I am wondering if we missed something at both of her vet visits. She was given an all-clear by the vet to have her first litter last July, but she lost three of seven kits from that litter, as well. All died in the same, sudden way. With a 50% mortality rate, we are praying to be able to cure Babette of whatever she is passing along to her kits, and to keep little Hot Pocket alive and well, with the assurance of a clean bill of health for his/her future family.
If no ailment can be found, we will look into possible genetic problems. As responsible breeders, we will not breed Babette, nor the two kits we retained from her first litter (Matthew and Mistletoe) until we get to the bottom of this devastating mystery. Matthew was bred to Cake Pop three weeks ago (before these losses occurred), but we aren't certain if she is pregnant or not.
I hope to be able to share an update with Babette's diagnosis and prognosis tomorrow afternoon.
Goodbye, sweet Enchilada, who always made us smile.
Amy is the Big Bunny at the Hot Cross Buns Holland Lop Rabbitry. She manages the furry bunnies as well as her own brood of five kits, with the help of her incredibly patient husband of nineteen years. Hot Cross Hoppenings will be a journal of our adventures in Holland Lop life.