Smokey – My Elderly Bunny
My 13 year-old bunny Smokey started exhibiting signs of arthritis in the summer of 2015. By the winter of 2016, the local vet prescribed “Apo-Meloxicam”, an anti-inflammatory drug generally given to cats and dogs. Unfortunately, drug companies would rather use rabbits as guinea pigs to experiment on rather than creating drugs to ease their pain. That department is reserved for more common pets like cats, dogs & horses. I was told this drug might help but it had possible negative/deadly side effects (as is the case with all drugs for animals or people). After giving him this medication for several months, I could see no improvement in his condition. But I knew about curcumin as a natural, vegetarian, anti-inflammatory remedy that is safe for humans.
Curcumin for Arthritis Relief
So in June of 2016, I started giving him a 1/4 pill of curcumin per day. It wasn’t doing any harm and he seemed to get a little better. But by the end of November, the arthritis was winning the battle. He couldn’t walk anymore, was dragging his right leg and loosing weight fast. Death was imminent if I didn’t do anything. So I increased his dosage to half a pill per day, just sprinkled it on his Timothy pellets. Well, not only did he like the taste of it but, by George, he was practically resurrected! He started running around again just happy to be alive! The way he had been disintegrating physically, I thought for sure he wouldn’t survive till Christmas. But not only did he celebrate Christmas with us, we also got to celebrate his 15th Birthday in January 2017!
Another Year of Life Thanks to Curcumin!
Smokey got to go camping with us for another season and it was so nice to have him around for another year! Sure, it was a bit of work to look after him. If you’ve ever cared for an elderly pet or elderly parent, you know what I’m talking about. But when you love your pet and they are enjoying life, you do all you can to make them comfortable. Smokey hung in there till November 21, 2017. There is no doubt that the potency of curcumin extended Smokey’s life by another year. Curcumin is the yellow pigment found in Turmeric, which is a member of the Ginger family. Natural Factors makes a formula that allows the body to absorb the curcumin and benefit from its medicinal properties. This is the product I gave Smokey.