WE LOVE BUNNIES
Our interest in also saving rabbits has a big role to the Filotimo Cancer Project.
Just like humans, Cancer Tumours exist in Bunnies too. A tumour is a growth or mass that develops in or on a rabbit. Tumours are a collection of cells that grow abnormally and create a lump. Sometimes these lumps contain fluid, fat, cancer cells, blood, and other things but they are not always bad. Some tumours can be benign and not spread while others are malignant and do spread to other parts of the body.
Uterine adenocarcinoma is a malignant Cancer of the uterus and is the most common type of cancer seen in rabbits. Uterine cancer occurs in up to 60% of females that are greater than three years old. Mammary cancer or mastitis is often found in rabbits with uterine cancer. Other types of cancers that rabbits are prone to are, Bladder and Pancreatic Cancer.
The similarities in dealing with Cancer and Bunny awareness are almost the same. The more information you have on hand, the better decisions you can make, which leads to better choices available to you. Once again it all adds back to being aware, to signs and the symptoms in both humans and bunnies. Just like we promote the importance of “knowledge is power” and early detection, please always make yourself aware of your health and the health of your bunnies. Both come with symptoms which one must always look out for. Both need education, so please seek medical help or assistance if you are unsure of anything that doesn’t seem normal.
We usually say “you know your body” so only you know when something seems off. Please also use this analogy when it comes to your fur babies, you know them better than anyone else, so you will know when they not acting their normal cute selves.
And lastly, keep educating yourself on your health, and that of your bunnies. There are so many institutions that can assist with education, not only for yourself, but especially for your bunnies. Join these groups and interact to help grow awareness.
SO, HERE'S THE LINK....
About 20 years ago, my late mom and I bought our first pet together, which was a bunny called Ruby. She loved this bunny dearly and had it with her everyday at home and at work in the family Supermarkets for about five years. Ruby was a domestic in-house bunny. Subsequent to my moms passing on 4th February 2018, we got another baby bunny called Skouliki. This is the grey bunny that appears on top of this page. This bunny gave me such comfort during those very difficult days when I was grieving the loss of my mom and missing her terribly, that in some special way, I believe that my mom’s spirit was one with Skouliki.
However, very sadly Skouliki passed away in May 2019 after she was spayed, to prevent her from developing Uterine Cancer, due to kidney issues, possibly caused by a parasite called E-Cuniculi (known as EC).
This broke my heart terribly once again, but through the loss of Skouliki, we met amazing people from bunny rescues, like, Anabel from Bunny Tales Rescue, Meahni from Berario Bunnies and Jenny from Strawberry Foundation and this opened our eyes to all these incredible bunny rescues that we were not aware of before.
The Filotimo Cancer Project has subsequently adopted from Bunny Tales Rescue, as we could not resist these cute bunnies. Meli and Panda are the official Filotimo Cancer Bunny Mascots!
We have learnt a great deal more about the health of rabbits through the assistance of the Bryanston Avian Exotic Small Animal Clinic known as BAESAC and how they too are very prone to developing Cancer. This then made us realize that there is a link needed to our main Cancer Project to help educate and create awareness around Bunnies and Cancer.
Seeing how these Bunny Rescues all try to assist and save bunnies (whether they are ferrets in the wild or rescued by the institutions) by having them neutered, spayed and sometimes re-homed, is amazing and we know the costs of their vet bills in respect of doing this good deed, is expensive.
It is for this reason that we want to be able to contribute towards these Institutions vet bills and more, when possible, through the project. We have raised funds and donated towards these institutions and will continue to support their amazing work and huge hearts to save bunnies everywhere!
PLEASE ADOPT, DON'T SHOP!
If you are interested in having your own little bunny or two, to love and fill your heart with nose bumps and binkies, please contact our associated Bunny Rescues below.
Biggest Lesson – once you love a Bunny, you can never stop! They hop into your life and win your heart with their binkies, nose bumps and bunny 500’s. You become a Bun Mom instantly and forever!
To read my recent interview with Virtual Bunny Club, see link below:-
Bunnies and Cancer with Evy Michalopoulos