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Benji&Evie
21-04-2007, 08:31 AM
Benji lost some weight a few months ago and we found that although he was eating he wasnt eating as much because his tooth has rubbed his cheek making it sore.
After a lil op to have his teeth filed he gained some weight but then started to loose it again.

Hes had several vet visits to weigh him and has been eating like a horse as he normally does but each time he was weighed hed lost more weight.

Well benji had to stay in for tests this week and I found out today that he has liver disease :(
Im a bit :cry: at the moment, hes so special to me I cant bear the thought of losing him especially only being 5yrs, its really not very old even for a netherland.
Has anyone had any experience with liver disease?

Were back to the vets tomorrow to start a course of medication and then see where we can go from there but they dont think he has very long :cry:
Hes only a tiny bun anyway but weighed 1.5 when he was chubby, 0.98 when he went for his teeth and since then 0.93, & yesterday 0.90 :?

Be strong my lil man :love:
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FriskyClover
21-04-2007, 08:41 AM
I'm so sorry.

I don't have any experience with liver disease but I do know what it is like to wath your bunny get sicker and know that you can't really do much to help. It is horrible and although I've gone through it with a number of pets, it is always heart breaking.

All I can say is that you just try to make the time they have left as enjoyable for them as possible, favourite foods, treats, toys that sort of thing.

Perhaps the medication may not extend his life but it might give him a better quality of life. I think you are doing all that you can.

I hope things improve for you and Benji, he is lucky to have such an attentive owner

Hugs

FC

BinkyBun
21-04-2007, 08:58 AM
I'm so sorry for you and little Benji. I don't have experience in this but I wanted to send you bunny best wishes. xxxx

Jaypot
21-04-2007, 09:02 AM
:( I'm very sorry - I do have experience with some buns with liver failure.
Did the vet say why the liver was failing? Is it due to a cancer of some sorts?

What I can suggest is to feed him porridge oats to help him maintain his weight as well as weetabix and lots of garden weeds. If you can give him milk thistle it will help to cleanse his liver and his kidneys - you can also get milk thistle tincture (not the alcoholic version) - put this in his water to help his liver :D

I'll send healing and positive vibes to him - the lovely wee man - xxxxx

Pringle
21-04-2007, 09:18 AM
Aww im so sorry, this must be awful and suc a horrible thing to go through, i dont have any experience sorry but just wanted to wish the poor we thing well... Stay strong lil man ...:love:

Just remember he has had a brilliant life... and hes best not to be in pain
Big hugs x

HS
21-04-2007, 09:28 AM
Hope he finds the strength to get better. Sending lots of vibes.

chloaster
21-04-2007, 10:01 PM
Thinking of you and little Benji.x

bumble3130
21-04-2007, 10:08 PM
oh im so so sorry. am thinking of you and benji xxx

Fionabun
21-04-2007, 10:08 PM
Sorry to read this

Fiona x

Leanne
21-04-2007, 10:46 PM
:( I'm very sorry - I do have experience with some buns with liver failure.
Did the vet say why the liver was failing? Is it due to a cancer of some sorts?

What I can suggest is to feed him porridge oats to help him maintain his weight as well as weetabix and lots of garden weeds. If you can give him milk thistle it will help to cleanse his liver and his kidneys - you can also get milk thistle tincture (not the alcoholic version) - put this in his water to help his liver :D

I'll send healing and positive vibes to him - the lovely wee man - xxxxx

Agreed, Both my rats had liver disease and my cat had a liver infection that has now led to a weakened liver and is on a supplement which has milk thistle in along with other vits and mins. She is doing well and we thought we were going to lose her when she had the infection as she just kept dropping weight, but after anti biotics and on a prescription diet and the supplements she is doing well.
Im also having Vinnie tested next week for liver and kidney probs as he too has started to lose weight and eating like a horse, inc me giving him osts to bump up his weight, but he is ancient so its no surprise with him. My rats also had a few extra months after diagnosis with certain things removed from their diet and milk thistle supplement.

Hope all goes well!

willowflower
21-04-2007, 11:19 PM
so sorry sending vibes
leona and buns x

Steph
22-04-2007, 06:58 AM
Thinking of you x

sally1974
22-04-2007, 07:33 AM
I dont have any experience with liver disease, but I am thinking of you and Benji
Sallyxxx

Benji&Evie
22-04-2007, 01:15 PM
Thankyou so much for your support, I spoke to the vet when i went to pick up his meds.
Hes analised the results a bit more and he thinks it could be caused by a parasite which isnt completly curable but certainly treatable to reduce the effects.

Feeling a lot more positive after our chat and I know that benji is such a strong bunny and although hes so skinny hes still his mischevious self and eating well.

Hes now on new antibiotics for 10 days and then more tests to see how hes doing on it. Looks like ill be doing both jobs a bit longer than planned :roll:

purplebumble
22-04-2007, 10:41 PM
wow a parasite did he say what sort?
i am really sorry hes not wel with this and i hope that your vet can help him nwo he knows what its down to..

healing vibes and nosey rubs for the wee fellaxx

purplebumble
22-04-2007, 10:47 PM
is it EC? mind you if he has such a healthy appetite... :?

Benji&Evie
25-04-2007, 05:57 AM
Thanks guys,
He does seem to be full of beans and I 'think' puttin on weight but Im not sure if thats because of the meds or just because of the Science rescue and Oats he loves so much :roll:

AliBenMummy
25-04-2007, 07:07 AM
One of my bridge buns, Milo had liver cancer which unfortunately wasn't detected until about an hour before he died. :(

Milo had no symptoms until the day before when he stopped eating and appeared listless. We went to the vets and they gave him some fluids and science recovery but the next day I found him in his hutch with diarrhoea all over his bottom and tail. We went straight back to the vets and they wanted to operate on his teeth :shock: as they thought that was causing him not to eat or clean himself. I was a bit confused about this diagnosis, but at the time thought they knew best. Unfortunately they called me as soon as I got home to say they'd found a huge mass around his liver and they hadn't operated. They asked my permission to pts but I asked them to hang on until I got there. Poor Milo died before I could get there. :(

I would say that if your bun is still eating and the vet is trying to get on top of whatever it is...keep going. These little bunnies can surprise us!

Benji&Evie
25-04-2007, 02:38 PM
Oh Im so sorry to hear about Milo :(

Our new vet does seem to know what hes doing with bunnies and has been very good with all my animals this last year (weve had a difficult year :roll: )

Im glad hes doing proper tests ect and the nurses are lovely and spend time cuddling them when they have to stay in.
I do want the best for him and glad I can feel that hes getting it :thumb:

For such a tiny bunny he really is a strong lad so Im a lot more hopeful he will be with me for years to come but will know more in a week after more tests.

Benji&Evie
05-05-2007, 01:15 PM
Wellll its looking like Benji will be with us for a while longer yet :D
They just like to worry me I think :roll:

Hes responded very well to the antibiotics and he is putting on weight and drinking less again.
The vet says it probably wont be 100% and we need to keep an eye out for signs but that his liver should regenerate and improve to some extent on its own.

Cant tell you how pleased I am that hes going to be ok... next step, get Evie to loose the weight shes put on gettin hold of the extra food :roll: :lol:

HS
05-05-2007, 01:37 PM
Glad he's getting better. I bet that's a huge relief for you!

Benji&Evie
20-12-2007, 01:09 PM
Just updating this thread.

Benji has been in and out of the vets and on Antibiotics a lot of the time.
Although he did gain weight and drink/pee less once the antibiotics finished he gradually got worse again after about a couple of months, since then hes lasted less and less time between doses and ive had to regulate it at home as and when he seems to start showing signs again.



This week he was back in the vets with more problems:
-He is moulting like mad in large patches but the vet wasnt worried as the fur is growing back nicely.

-He has dry skin on his ears but the vet says thats the least of his worries at the mo.

-His eyes have been a little weepy and white gunky (like hes just woken up)
its not a lot but enough for me to think there was an underlying problem there.

Im just starting a new topic about this problem as Id like some of your opinions and experience with this :(

New Thread Linky (http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/showthread.php?t=111575)

sandsy1
20-12-2007, 08:07 PM
Hello I am so sorry to hear about Benji. I don't have any personal experience of bunny liver disease, but I have had to watch a few of my babies get sicker and sicker and have not been able to do anything about it each time.

You obviously love and care for Benji so very much, and he is so lucky to have you as his owner. The only thing you can do is keep loving him as you do now. I know it's hard.

I lost Millie bun last tuesday. She had a tumour on her bum and probably loads more inside. I felt so helpless.

Give Benji loads of cuddles. He knows how much you love him.
Lots and lots of love to you both. Take care.
Amanda xxxxxxxxxxx