This Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 is the second annual Midwest BunFest! The only event of its kind in the Midwest, Bunfest is organized by the Ohio House Rabbit Rescue in partnership with rabbit rescue organizations across Ohio and the surrounding states. This network of individuals, organizations and corporate and foundation partners comes together to share knowledge, network, and improve bunny welfare in our communities.
Midwest BunFest welcomes 13 distinguished speakers offering advice and information on a wide variety of interesting topics for potential new bunny owners as well as for experienced bunny parents. Speakers include nationally-known, respected exotics veterinarians, rabbit rescue managers and volunteers, and House Rabbit Society Educators.
Midwest BunFest is pleased to offer 2 classrooms immediately adjacent to the main event hall, and concurrent education sessions will be featured throughout the day. Sessions will run 30-45 minutes with 15 minutes of Q&A and interaction with the speakers.
Midwest BunFest is pleased to present their 2012 Educational Program:
Best Friends Forever: Bonding Rabbits presented by Karen Winstead, Columbus House Rabbit Society Educator
Because rabbits are naturally social, they are usually happiest when they have another bun to pal around with. This session will cover the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of rabbit bonding, from arranging and chaperoning the first dates to determining when your rabbits are ‘an item’ and can safely move in together.
Dental Issues in House Rabbits – and How They Can Be Treated presented by: Susan L. Borders, DVM
This session will focus on many aspects of dental health in house rabbits. How to recognize if your rabbit has a dental problem will be discussed as well as prevention and treatment options.
Feed ’em Weeds: Growing and Foraging for Edible Wild Foods for Your House Rabbit presented by Phyllis O’Beollain, Dayton Small Pets Examiner columnist
Learn how to safely forage for, identify, cultivate and harvest edible wild greens for your house rabbit.
Bladder Sludge and Related Issues presented by: Barbara Oglesbee, DVM, DABVP
Bladder sludge, bladder stones and kidney stones are common in rabbits. Symptoms can be hidden or difficult to notice, but consequences can be serious or even life threatening. Find out signs to watch for, treatment options, and many other important details about this disease.
Bunny Basics: Easy and Innovative Ways to Care for Your Pet Rabbit presented by: Heather Dean, Rabbit parent and foster mom for rabbits with special needs
Are you a new rabbit parent? Thinking about getting a rabbit? This session will cover everything you need to know about basic rabbit care. Topics will include the best housing, food and hay options, how to rabbit-proof parts of your house – and more.
Keeping Your Rabbit Healthy: Wellness Exams and the Best Bunny Food presented by: Laurie Millward, DVM
This combo session features two aspects of rabbit health that new rabbit owners often have questions about – wellness exams and what a healthy rabbit diet looks like.
Herbal Remedies for Rabbit Ills presented by: Jane Flores, DVM and Terri Cook, Licensed Educator for the Columbus House Rabbit Society
This session will look at some of the most common herbal remedies and supplements for rabbits on the market today.
Emergency First Aid and Home Care Tips to Use With Your Rabbit presented by: Terri Cook, Licensed Educator for the Columbus House Rabbit Society and Susan L. Borders, DVM
This session will teach rabbit owners and caregivers how to provide basic emergency first aid to their rabbits as well as give advice on how to administer common medical treatments at home.
Bunny Play and Language presented by: Linda Baley, Too Many Bunnies Rescue, CA
Rabbits have a language all their own. Get some tips on interpreting your bunny’s hops, kicks and grunts.
Bunnies in Baskets – Therapy Rabbits presented by: Sassy Pickard, F5RS
Come and find out about Bunnies in Baskets (BIB), a volunteer-run non-profit organization that trains very affectionate, outgoing and ‘people curious’ rabbits to visit nursing homes, schools, hospitals and other sites.
Digestive Issues You Need to Know About: GI Stasis and Bloat presented by: Barbara Oglesbee, DVM, DABVP
Learn warning signs, treatment options, and things you can do to make it less likely that your rabbit will have these problems.
Using Acupuncture to Help Your Rabbit presented by: Jane Flores, DVM
A live demonstration of the acupuncture technique and what your rabbit will do and feel during and after the treatment.
Elder Bunny Care presented by: Terri Cook, Columbus House Rabbit Society Educator
As rabbits age, they need special adaptations to keep them comfortable and healthy. Areas addressed will include changes in living space, special litter box needs, mobility aids, medical and herbal treatments, and more.
Best of all, all of these educational sessions are free with paid admission, which is only $5 for adults and $3 for kids under 12. The educational sessions are generously provided with support from:
- The William and Charlotte Parks Foundation for Animal Welfare
- The PETCO Foundation
For a more detailed description about the presenters and topics and the complete session schedule go here.
2012 Midwest BunFest is this Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Whitehall Community Park Activities Building, 402 N. Hamilton Rd., Whitehall, Ohio 43213 (near the Columbus airport).
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