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Actually I see the expert you requested has just come on-line so I will withdraw to let them answer the question.Good luck with your rabbit ...Regards,Scott
Someone please just help me figure out how to help my rabbit.
I believer she did both. She sees a fair amount of small animals/exotics in her practise. I asked when I first started to see her and approx 1 out of 5 visits is for a small animal . I only saw the abdominal xray at the time she was explaining what had happened during the procedure. I was too upset to remember to ask if she did dental xrays. Last year we did both at his annual exam so I would make the assumption she did an xray of his mouth this time around. Initially when I saw he was not eating I attemted to rule out oral or digestive issues. His favourite treats were eagerly sniffed and licked but he would not bite. I saw this previously when he had a fractured orbital bone which was almost 5 years ago. He has soft tummy gugrles and is taking in water.on his own. The meds he is taking are baytril .35ml twice a day and the meticam .2ml 2 times a day. I should also note he has been licking things exssively. Hes always been a sassy but affectionate little boy but the licking is much much morenthan before. Everything is licked excessively. He doesnt exhibit any stomach problems. He is passing stool, smaller than normal but I attribute that to his reduced food intake. He passed stool about a day after I brought him back home from the vet. He only sits hunched over or stretched out after his feedings, which is why I reduced the ammount and am doing it more frequently throughout the day to try and achieve the recommended daily intzke of 40cc. He is .96kg at the last weigh in down from about 1.2kg in march.
I appreciate your honesty. He will not eat critical care on his own, but we have established a feeding routine where he is wrapped into a bunny burrito and syringe fed. Its less stressful for us both as he seems to be more relaxed in the wraping. His baytril is for 14 days and we are on day 1 and the metacam is for 10 days and it is now day 6. Should I request that she not preform another tooth trim until other oral problems have been ruled out? Should I ask her to check for abscesses or cuts elsewhere? I would have thought she would have checkd for all those already. I will continue with the critical care for as long as he needs it. I just hpoed there would be another solution to his problem.
I will certainly inquire about the xrays on Monday. I will also ask the vet if she feels like the previous injury could have caused issues and if she can suggest something, hopefully other than surgery. He is still quite alert and is actively seeking affection. He is trying his best to find an escape route from the quiet corner I have established for him beside my bed. He dozes a lot of the time but he has done tnat for quite a while, I assume its age related, and he is currently chattering his teeth in what I take as a content sound. He gets carried away and crunches louder at times but that has always been tne case with him. If he had dental issues and pain, would he still be acting so contentlyespecially with the quiet teeth chatter? I know rabbits try to hide illness which is why he is now being monitored very closely and in the quiet corner most of the day. When he does come out he explores the laundry pile and goes for a peek into the other rooms then settles in someones room, usually behind a basket for a snooze. He also tries to beg for his usual treets but has been restricted to only romaine lettuce as a nibble substitute.
Thank you for you assistance Anna. It has been a difficult week but I am still hopeful for a full recovery. You have given some wonderful advice which I will certainly follow up with. Thank you again and warmest regards,
Thank you for checking back in. Bunny has started to attempt eating on his own again. Yesterday was the first time I noticed him going to his dish. He does seem to have a bit of difficulty with the chewing still (makes big chewing motions with his mouth) but he does take several mouthfuls of food. He went only 3 times yesterday to the dish and so far once this morning. I continue to syringe feed him on the advice of his Vet until he eats normally. I haven't seen him eat hay since his first day back home which is concerning to me and I'm not exactly sure how to encourage him to eat it. He's been sleeping and laying down a lot. I'm wondering if its because he just feels sluggish from the syringe feeds or if he's just bored. (He is still confined to his quite area) He continues to try and chew the carpet and door frames though, but the licking has slowed down a bit.
Again, thank you for checking in.