Kids & Pets
February 28, 2020
link to facebook link to twitter
More Stories
Unexpected heat wave John Reed School-Positive office referrals for week of February 3 John Reed School-Positive office referrals for week of February 17 Hahn Elementary Life skills for the month of February John Reed-Positive office referrals for week of February 10 John Reed Bookmark Winners-Be kind, be safe, be responsible, be ready to learn Thomas Page Academy Life Skills awards for the month of January Bark After Dark Have a heart for animals! Spay time or have a litter of kittens Dog Days of August Facebook divides us into two camps Crisis Volunteers Hahn Elementary for the month of January Fostering is fun Bark After Dark is coming University Elementary School-Responsibility award for Oct. Dreaming of a home for the holidays Monte Vista- Student builders for January Bark After Dark benefit a great success Dog fights – often more bark than bite When to rescue kittens Monte Vista Elementary student builders for October 1 John Reed School-Positive office referrals for Sept. 30 Hahn Elementary Lifeskill recipients for month of December Monte Vista-Student builders for the week of February 4 Black is beautiful! Summer hazards for pets Richard Crane Elementary Assembly Rancho Cotate High School student of the month of September for kindness John Reed-Positive Office Referrals for Oct. 14 John Reed-Positive office referrals for week of December 9 Spreading Kindness Monte Vista Elementary Student Builders-2018 Odd couples and unusual friends University Elementary School Life Skill Responsibility Award for September John Reed School-Positive office referrals for Oct. 21 Relocating ferals or working cats Monte Vista School-Student Builders for December 2 New date for Bark After Dark One plus one equals twenty, rats that is Bark after Dark is coming Nov. 3 John Reed Elementary Positive Office Referral recipients Sonoma County Vegfest – learn about a plant-based diet Monte Vista student builders for September Monte Vista Elementary student builders for October 1 Save the turkeys Keeping up with your dog Holiday hazards for pets Monte Vista Elementary School-student builders for the week of December 16 Identification check time! An introduction to the Animal Shelter League Monte Vista School Student Builders for October 2 Rancho Cotate High School Recognition of Curiosity for the month of October The Richard Crane School- Cougar Cub Character Assembly How many is too many felines? Lifeskill recipients for Hahn for September Safe Halloween tips for your pets Monte Vista-Student Builders for the week of Nov. 5 John Reed-Positive office referrals for Nov.18 Richard Crane Elementary-Lifeskill recipients for month of November The year behind and ahead Hahn Elementary School Monte Vista Walk-a-thon The Richard Crane School Cougar Cub Character Assembly students November 5 Planning for our pets Belated Happy Mother’s Day To spend or not to spend on pets? Why animals shed so much Taking care of animals during a PG&E outage Using pet doors for your animals Monte Vista Student builders for the week of Nov. 19 John Reed Elementary School A beloved dog, a stolen car and...a happy ending Broken legs in cats very costly Furry fire victims John Reed Elementary- Honor roll 2018-pets in review Finding strays out of Sonoma County RP Animal Shelter has a rodent nursery University Elementary Life skill award for Responsibility for the month of Nov. Penngrove Elementary School A lifetime commitment Hahn Elementary Life skills awards - October, 2018 Are you ready for Thanksgiving? John Reed Elementary- Positive behavior for Dec. 12 Monte Vista School-second grade celebrates the holidays The Richard Crane School Cougar Cub Character Assembly- Jan. 14 Hahn Elementary-Life skills for November All the pieces in place Richard Crane Lifeskill recipients for month of Oct. Young kittens are lots of work RCHS awards for Kindness the month of October Penngrove Elementary Life skills awards- Oct. 24 Helping out in Paradise “Mary did you know?” Monte Vista Elementary- Student builders for Dec. 18 Your help is needed when we offer generous programs John Reed Elementary-Positive Behavior winners for January Penngrove Elementary - Life skill awards for Feb. 20 Want something cuddly, attend the Bunfest 2019 John Reed-Positive behavior winners for March 26 Cautions for your pet on the 4th of July Even pets give thanks Disaster preparedness for our pets CPI offers support University Elementary School Rohnert Park tree lighting ceremony Long-term residents need a home University Elementary School -Life skill award for responsibility The Richard Crane School Cougar Cub Character Assembly- Dec. 10 Penngrove Elementary School-Life skills A Happy reunion Monte Vista-Student builders for Feb. 19 Obese pets are not cute Monte Vista Elementary-Being responsible Hahn Elementary-Lifeskills for the month of March Long distance adoptions Monte Vista School Sept. 18 Free-roaming cats – is it safe Living with multiple pets Monte Vista School Student Builders for Dec. 4 Holiday happiness and mishaps Penngrove Elementary-Life skills for Dec. 12 Monte Vista Elementary- Student Builders for Jan. 8 Monte Vista Elementary School - Student builders for Jan. 22 Penngrove Elementary-Life skills for Feb. 6 Penngrove Elementary-Life skills for Feb. 13 John Reed Elementary-Positive behavior winners for Feb. 26 Rancho Cotate High School-Students of the month for Feb. and March Richard Crane’s walk-a-thon Richard Crane School for Sept. 17 Penngrove School - For the life skills of gratefulness Thomas Page Middle School - Principal honor roll Penngrove Elementary TSA selecting more floppy-eared dogs University Elementary - Creativity Life skill awards for Jan Silver Paws times two University Elementary-Feb. Life skill awards for Creativity Hahn Elementary Life skills for the month of Feb.  2019 World’s ugliest dog® contest Richard Crane- Cougar Cub Character Assembly for May 20 University Elementary for September Rancho Cotate High School Students for the month of Nov. Thomas Page Elementary School - Lifeskill awards Prepare pets for better grooming visits Rohnert Park municipal code update Rancho Cotate High School Achievement award for January Richard Crane Elementary Cougar Cub Character Expectation award winners for the week of Feb. 25 Hahn Elementary-Life skill recipients for May Penngrove Elementary for Sept. 12 Hahn Elementary School - Life skills for Nov. 2018 Girls, it is time to make changes and be empowered Monte Vista Elementary-Student builders for Feb. To be a senior cat during the summer is the pits Visiting Cape Town SPCA John Reed School Positive behavior winners for Nov. 27 Thomas Page Academy Respect, Integrity, Service and Endurance awards Mark your calendars-Support Bark After Dark Step up your kids’ STEM skills Taking work on vacation John Reed Elementary- Positive behavior winners for Jan. 22. Spring is turtle season? Monte Vista Elementary-Student Builders for Sept 4 Thomas Page Academy awards for May Penngrove School Lifeskill award for Sept. 5 Summer camp review Penngrove Elementary - Lifeskill Award for Aug. 31 Saving Hopps becomes a job Teacher Amy Miller is wrapped up Why nice animals sit Some assembly required: Putting together the pieces of your rescue pet We appreciate our volunteers University Elementary School life skill awards for the month of August John Reed Elementary-Positive behavior winners for April 30 Penngrove Elementary Lifeskill winners for the week of Aug. 22 You love pets? Quality vs. quantity John Reed positive behavior winners for Aug. 28 Fires, floods, mudslides oh my! Happy Birthday Monte Vista-Student builders for April 2 Small dog syndrome: When predators are also prey Monte Vista Elementary received recognition of being safe Monte Vista-Award winners for May 7 Monte Vista Elementary-Student builders for March 5 Richard Crane-Cougar Cub Character Assembly for April 1 Penngrove Elementary-Life skills for April 10 Inside or out – the debate continues Penngrove Elementary- Life skills for Feb. 27 RCHS seniors sign commitment University Elementary-Life Skill Award for Perseverance for the month of April Richard Crane School walk-a-thon Summer fun for animal lovers Hope unleashed for pets with cancer Penngrove School Aug. 8 Hahn Elementary-Lifeskill recipients for the month of April Richard Crane School Cougar Cub Character Assembly students for Aug. 20 A visit to Thomas Page Academy Penngrove School for Aug. 15 Leoni wins speaker contest Penngrove Elementary Lifeskill award winners for Aug. 1 Rescuing Pitbulls: When myths affect reality Bunny fur ban bill The Richard Crane School Cougar Cub Character Assembly April 29 Try attending Sonoma County VegFest Aug. 18 “Stuff the truck” Dictionary mania Time to get immunized before school starts It’s spring and kittens are popping 5 tips for bringing your pet to work this summer The truth about no-kill, does not mean zero deaths School bus safety 101 Thomas Page STEAM Club Living with a 3-legged dog is not easy Can we can clear the shelter? Tale of Cooper

Caring for a sick bunny

By: Mickey Zeldes
December 13, 2019

One of the main differences between rabbits and dogs and cats is their view of the world.  It’s the basic difference between prey and predator and it underlies everything that a rabbit feels and does.  As a prey animal, they have to disguise an injury or illness so as not to be targeted by a predator.  What does that mean for our pet rabbits?  By the time we can see the signs of illness, they are already in a critical condition.  

Unlike with our other pets, there is no waiting or trying a simple home remedy.  It’s always an emergency trip to the vet.  And hope that it doesn’t happen at night since most emergency hospitals don’t have rabbit-savvy vets on staff 24/7.  In fact, if you have a bunny, you should ask your vet what they recommend for emergencies.  Some vets have their calls forwarded to their home and will handle emergencies themselves.  Rabbits are a bit of a specialty!  Sadly both my previous bunnies died within a day of my noticing they were not acting normally.  So, when I woke up one morning to find diarrhea all over my rabbit’s room I knew that something was really wrong (observant of me, huh?).  

Actually, although Nugget has had an upset bowel a couple of times before, I had no idea that a rabbit could have such a bad case of diarrhea.  Usually it’s just a matter of a few butt-baths, giving fluids and upping her hay intake.  But with this trip to the vet we came home with instructions to force feed Critical Care (a special food for sick herbivores) five times a day, give fluids two times a day and two different medications (a pain med and an anti-inflammatory) that each have to be given twice a day.  The force feeding is important because another special thing about rabbits is that they have to have food in their system all the time.  You never fast a rabbit and anything that slows down or stops digestion can be fatal.

Fortunately, Nugget seems to be responding well to her treatments.  We’re on day three and she’s beginning to show interest in her herb treats and is a lot more active.  Her poop is still not back completely to normal, but she didn’t need a butt-bath yesterday, so I consider that progress!  What’s still baffling is what brought it on to begin with.  That’s a question we may never get answered since there’s so many possibilities.  

To be sure, I’m going to have to keep a close eye on my bunny as she seems to have a delicate digestive system.  I’ve already stopped all fruit treats (too much sugar) and will stick to just the herbs she enjoys – parsley, dandelion greens, cilantro and occasionally dill.  She gets all the fresh hay she can eat but I will cut back further on the oat hay (fattening and rich) and up the amount of timothy hay.  She has free run of her bunny room and occasionally will join us in the evening in the family room which is good as movement is very important in keeping the digestive track moving too.  When she is going through her heavy sheds (twice a year), I make sure to brush her often to remove as much fur as possible and reduce the risk of hairballs (did you know that rabbits, like horses, cannot vomit? So fur in the tummy can cause a blockage).

We can only do what we can do to help our pets stay healthy.  More important is being able to read the signs of illness or injury so that we can get our pets the professional help they need to get well.  Rabbits sure don’t make that easy!

Upcoming Events  

No More Lost Pets – free microchips and pet ID tags for residents of Rohnert Park and Cotati City.  Stop by the shelter during our open hours with your pet to get one!  The shelter is open Wed. 1-6:30, Thurs.-Fri.-Sat. 1-5:30 and Sun. 1-4:30.

Fix-it Clinics – Free spay and neuters for cats; and $60 dog surgeries (up to 80 lbs.) for low-income Rohnert Park and Cotati residents.  Call 588-3531 for an appointment.

Mickey Zeldes is the supervisor at the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter. She can be contacted at