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xxx_Ra_xxx
08-09-2015, 08:52 PM
Hi everyone,

I came across this webpage today. It's fantastic. I have an 8.5 year old rabbit called Guh (son called him that as a baby and it stuck lol) Anyway he has been such a healthy happy boy but recently I noticed he wasn't eating much. I took him to the vet and he needed some work on his teeth. He got that done on Friday, when I collected him they vet told me he had a lump on his cheek. She said that maybe it was an abscess and to bring him back every 48 hours for an antibiotic which I am doing. When we got him home I hand fed him mushy pellets. On Saturday he got a bit of fight back and started eating mushy pellets himself, I was delighted. But now Tuesday night he is still eating mushy pellets, no hay, grass, veg or treats. I am worried that I am going to loose my beautiful boy. I cannot imagine my life without him, watching him binky around the garden, running down the steps to greet me when I come out. I can't stop crying. He has brought so much happiness to our lives :love:

Laura416
08-09-2015, 08:59 PM
Oh, my heart is with you! That's my bunny's age & I understand the attachment! I hope Guh recovers, xx

mini lop1
08-09-2015, 09:02 PM
has he been for a pre post op check up? try tempting him with herbs if havn't already anything soft his mouth may still be sore, hope he picks up soon

bunny momma
08-09-2015, 09:03 PM
Has he been back for more antibiotic, and if so, what did the vet say? If he was improving, he may need an adjustment in his dosage level/frequency.
Did the vet prescribe any pain medication for your bunny? Many bunnies will stop eating when they have discomfort.
Is is making urine and droppings?
Make sure he eats enough of the mushy pellets, even if you have to syringe feed it to your bunny.
You bunny's lump may be keeping him from making the motion they need to pick-up and eat hay; but he is still able to eat the mushy pellets. Will he eat things if you cut them into smaller pieces? Also, how is his fluid intake. He must be getting some fluids in the mushy pellets, but he could be needing more.

xxx_Ra_xxx
09-09-2015, 08:43 AM
He was back on Monday, she said it was early days. We go back today. He is drinking plenty of water. He is on Medacam once a day. He is making urine and droppings which is good. I give his fresh mushy pellets 4 times a day and he eats a good bit of it himself. I've tried cutting apple up and cabbage but he has no interest and those are things he loves. Maybe your right about the lump, he is struggling to life anything up in his mouth. I hate watching it, I wish I could just make him better

xxx_Ra_xxx
09-09-2015, 08:49 AM
Thanks everyone, lets hope the vet has something good to day today :love:

Fluffybunny54
09-09-2015, 08:52 AM
You could wizz him up some fruit, mushy pellets, veg and hay in a grinder or liquidiser. Were you given any gut stimulant? Maybe his tummy needs a little jumpstart with the proper meds. Is your vet very rabbit savvy? Good luck.

xxx_Ra_xxx
09-09-2015, 09:02 AM
He was given ranitidine, but since he started eating I stopped. (he was stressing out when I tried to give) I've ordered some fresh fruit going to try him with that. If I blend it all up do I feed him it or just put it in his bowl? Thanks

Fluffybunny54
09-09-2015, 11:17 AM
You can put it on a saucer, rather than stressing him with a syringe. My Snowy used to lick it up in little globs. It gets fibre into bunny and helps keep the gut moving. Even with a sore mouth he always managed to eat pureed food. He lived for five years with his food mushed like that. He was 10 when I lost him. He had rubbish teeth all his life.

xxx_Ra_xxx
09-09-2015, 12:18 PM
Thanks I will give this ago, I'd do anything for him! :)

bunny momma
09-09-2015, 02:08 PM
He was back on Monday, she said it was early days. We go back today. He is drinking plenty of water. He is on Medacam once a day. He is making urine and droppings which is good. I give his fresh mushy pellets 4 times a day and he eats a good bit of it himself. I've tried cutting apple up and cabbage but he has no interest and those are things he loves. Maybe your right about the lump, he is struggling to life anything up in his mouth. I hate watching it, I wish I could just make him better

He may just need more time. Rabbits will sometimes wall off infections into abcesses making it harder for the antibiotics to work quickly. He is still processing food and water, so he does not have any major obstruction. He is still trying, and that is a plus. Perhaps you can try to hold some of his favorite foods for him as he eats them.

xxx_Ra_xxx
09-09-2015, 05:05 PM
He may just need more time. Rabbits will sometimes wall off infections into abcesses making it harder for the antibiotics to work quickly. He is still processing food and water, so he does not have any major obstruction. He is still trying, and that is a plus. Perhaps you can try to hold some of his favorite foods for him as he eats them.

I blended some fruit in with his mushy pellets and he enjoyed it. I'm glad that something is going in. Just need him to start eating the hay but like you say it's still early days so fingers crossed

Fluffybunny54
09-09-2015, 05:57 PM
That's good news. My Widget tends to go a couple of days before eating hay after a dental. The mushed food always seems to work well. You can even put some Recovery or Critical Care in too. Lots of luck and healing vibes for bun.

bunny momma
10-09-2015, 07:01 AM
Please keep us updated on his progress. The most important thing is to keep his system moving and to maintain his current weight. Fluffybunny54 is correct about using some Recovery or Critical Care too. It can be syringe fed or given from a plate.

nickybunny1
10-09-2015, 01:55 PM
Hi Ra. Just saw ur post about ur wee bun and hope he is still improving. I see u r in carrickfergus I am in Northern Ireland also! Very few Northern Ireland people here. Please keep us updating on how ur little one is doing. Sending vibes for him.

Pets mum
10-09-2015, 02:43 PM
Hope your little bun is coping a bit better. I know what you're going through, my Toffee has had an awful time with his teeth of late. I'm chopping up hay for him, in the garden this afternoon? He has had crushed nuggets, a couple of fenugreek crunchies crumbled in, and a couple of sticks of crumbled fibre. He's managing that ok. I'm binding it with grated apple or carrot. Maybe you could try that ? Good luck xx

xxx_Ra_xxx
10-09-2015, 04:45 PM
Hi, wee update on Guh. He is still only interested in mushy pellets. I've added some fruit and veg to them and cut up hay. Hopefully he enjoyed. He's been looking back out to the garden so it is harder to see if he's eating any grass.... I will get some Critical Care to mix for him, do I get this at the vets? He is there again tomorrow for another injection.

mini lop1
10-09-2015, 08:01 PM
Hi, wee update on Guh. He is still only interested in mushy pellets. I've added some fruit and veg to them and cut up hay. Hopefully he enjoyed. He's been looking back out to the garden so it is harder to see if he's eating any grass.... I will get some Critical Care to mix for him, do I get this at the vets? He is there again tomorrow for another injection.

yes critical care, or science recovery plus food ask your vets

xxx_Ra_xxx
12-09-2015, 12:10 PM
An update, was back at the vet yesterday, it's an abscess. She put a needle in it but it wouldn't pop... He's going for another week of antibiotics every 48 hours. He still won't eat hay as he is just licking everything up. He is eating mushy pellets and puréed fruit. She said removing a back tooth is very difficult anyone else been in this situation? TIA

nickybunny1
12-09-2015, 04:15 PM
Hi Ra, my bridge bun Rosie had a tooth root absess where the tooth was extracted. I am not exactly sure of the tooth location but the tooth eventually grows back. I think it was a back tooth also. She was on depocillian injections for many months every other day with great success. I had to be shown how to inject the depocillian. Out of interest what vet are you using ? I have to travel 60 miles to go to Cedarmount in Bangor where Carol and Craig are fantastic bunny vets as they treat a lot of the Assisi rabbits.

nickybunny1
12-09-2015, 04:17 PM
I am guessing but until the tooth is removed ur bun my not eat properly. On a positive at least he is still eating something. Did they give u fibreplex to give to help the gut bacteria when they are on antibiotics or the avipro prebiotic which can be sprinkled on their food if they won't drink the water with it in it.

xxx_Ra_xxx
12-09-2015, 05:05 PM
Hi Ra, my bridge bun Rosie had a tooth root absess where the tooth was extracted. I am not exactly sure of the tooth location but the tooth eventually grows back. I think it was a back tooth also. She was on depocillian injections for many months every other day with great success. I had to be shown how to inject the depocillian. Out of interest what vet are you using ? I have to travel 60 miles to go to Cedarmount in Bangor where Carol and Craig are fantastic bunny vets as they treat a lot of the Assisi rabbits.

I use Vets for Pets in Carrick, the vet herself is a rabbit keeper.... I didn't like my last vet so I decided to give them a try so this is my first time using them. What was the injection for?

xxx_Ra_xxx
12-09-2015, 05:06 PM
They gave me ranitidine after the operation, I haven't give it since he started eating. Should I ask for something to help his gut on Monday?

nickybunny1
12-09-2015, 05:30 PM
The injection of depocillian was an injectable antibiotic which targets abscesses. Sounds like ur vet might be giving the same thing if u r having to go in every 48hrs for it but just check what it is. But if it is u r talking a couple of months of injecting it every other day and then it becomes twice a week for while . Lik i said they can show u how to do it which is scary at first but u do get better at it . I know I said that my Rosie's tooth had to come out but I am not 100% sure if the tooth has to come out in every case. Did ur vet say it had to ?? The ranidine is a gut stimulant and that helps the poo move along so I guess after the dental things can be slower so they just wanted to make sure. Is he pooping ok ??

nickybunny1
12-09-2015, 05:35 PM
If the vet isnt keen removing the tooth I would defo give Carol or Craig a try in Cedarmount. Their knowledge and expertise is amazing it truly is and plus they are lovely also. I guess they just see so many buns with different ailments from Assisi plus Carol spent 5 years working in New York almost exclusively with rabbits. Not trying to say anything wrong about ur vet but just saying if you wanted a third opinion. I hope Guh is stilling eating and stable today.

xxx_Ra_xxx
12-09-2015, 05:40 PM
Thanks Nicky, yeah he is still eating and pooping today. Still enjoys his mushy food. I will have a chat with the vet on Monday and see what the plan is. If the vest isn't keen on removing the tooth I have no problem trying another vet for him :) Thanks for the advice

nickybunny1
12-09-2015, 05:48 PM
Ur welcome Glad to her Guh is still doing well. Keep us posted.

xxx_Ra_xxx
20-09-2015, 10:19 AM
My wee bun isn't doing well at all, he's not eating. I've fed him critical care but he doesn't look good. Poor wee man I feel terrible.


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Pets mum
20-09-2015, 10:41 AM
I'm so sorry, I've no advice I'm afraid, but sending vibes for your little bun. Hope he picks up soon xxxx

xxx_Ra_xxx
21-09-2015, 09:28 PM
He was PTS tonight, I am heart broken :cry:

MightyMax
21-09-2015, 09:30 PM
He was PTS tonight, I am heart broken :cry:

I am so very sorry Ra.

Rest in peace little man.

Sending hugs to you x

Casco
21-09-2015, 09:57 PM
Sorry to hear that, RIP Guh x

mini lop1
21-09-2015, 10:00 PM
So sorry you had to let him go, rip :'( x

Fluffybunny54
21-09-2015, 10:30 PM
So very sorry you have lost poor Guh. You did your very best. It's so very sad but at least he's not suffering any more. We know how much you loved him and these things happen. All we can do is our best. RIP Guh. xxxx

joey&boo
21-09-2015, 10:37 PM
I'm so terribly sorry to hear this :( Sleep tight Guh

Thinking of you & your son

newbabybuns
21-09-2015, 10:58 PM
I am so sorry you lost him :( binky free Guh xxx

Pets mum
22-09-2015, 02:41 AM
Oh no I'm so so sorry for your loss. Binky free Guh xxxxx

trudi
22-09-2015, 08:01 AM
I'm so sorry, sweet dreams little one xx

bunny momma
23-09-2015, 02:54 AM
Ra,

I am so sorry for your loss of your Guh. You did everything you could to help him and he could not have asked for a more caring person in his 8.5 years with you.
(((((Hug)))).