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    Default Need advice on treating surviving buns - RIP Pixie :( Bunny suddenly quadriplegic

    Hi everyone, hoping you can offer some advice.

    Came home from work today to find my foster (house) bunny, Pixie, unable to move his limbs. We took him in as a foster about a month ago, and hadn't wormed him though had planned to He's very bright and attentive, he's able to move his head and ears, has no head tilt or nystagmus and is pooping and peeing. The weakness is in both front and back limbs, but mainly in the front (legs splayed out in front of himself), he can pull his back legs in under himself. He can't hop or even drag himself around.

    We took him straight to the emergency vet, who gave him a worm dose, steroids and antibiotics. She doesn't think it's spinal, she suspects either something neurological or a parasitic infection. She advised to take him home tonight and keep him comfortable. I'm bringing him to the rabbit vet first thing in the morning (I plan to be at the surgery as they open, regardless of not having an appointment).

    I need advice on what to do for him tonight. I've set him up in his exercise pen with towels and blankets and will be sleeping down next to him. He doesn't want to eat, so I've already syringe fed him 2mls of critical care.

    How often should I syringe feed him and how much? Is there anything else you can think of that I need to do for him? Anything I should be asking the vet tomorrow?

    Could this be e.cuniculi even without head tilt? Is there anything else you think I should know?

    Thanks so much for all your advice, I'm beside myself :'(

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    Hi, I'm sorry to hear about your poor bun yes, I think they can have EC without a head tilt. He is probably not eating as he's wondering what's the matter with him and is confused it's good that you'll be sleeping with him, you can stroke him to reassure him and help him if he needs anything. Keep offering him a water bowl to see if he'll drink for himself, and keep trying his favourite foods in case he fancies something. If it is EC, the wormer should help him, but it can take a few weeks so try not to panic. He should have metacam too for it's anti-inflammatory action. I'm sorry I can't be of more help, I hope he improves soon x

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    Thanks so much for your kind words and advice, much appreciated. I'm going to put a small crock of water down near him now and some fresh herbs to tempt him to eat. I asked the vet about metacam actually and she said something about not using both that and steroids together, that the steroids are best at first then metacam later. I'll definitely ask the rabbit vet about this tomorrow.

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    Make sure he has some hay next to him too as sometimes that is the only thing they will eat. I hope you both get some rest tonight x

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    Thanks again for the helpful advice. Having offered him some herbs and hay, I've discovered something disturbing - he wants to eat them but he can't chew them It's strange, his teeth are absolutely fine, but it's as if he can't coordinate them enough to tear the leaves/crop the hay. He's eagerly accepted a number of spoonfuls of soaked, mashed pellets and I've given him a few mls of water. Settled on the floor next to him now for a snooze. I hope the vet can do something tomorrow, but I have a horrible feeling that he won't come back from this :'(

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    It sounds like there's definitely a problem with his teeth, often it can't be seen without an anaesthetic because it's right at the back. If he wants to eat but is struggling there is definitely something wrong in there. Good luck at the vets, i'll check for an update later x

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    An really sorry to hear little Pixie is unwell.
    I have experience of EC with head tilt and weak back legs. My bunny is still recovering and it is week 6 now.
    Your vet is right you can't give metacam and steroids. We were told the same.

    I think you should get pixie back to the vet after discovering her problem chewing. In the meantime I would definitely continue syringe feeding very slowly.
    When my bunny stopped eating I fed him as much as he would tolerate which was about 3 mls every hour and then he looked for more of it so I just went at his pace. I also gave him bio lapsis syringes into him as he was on antibiotics and after 2 days e began eating his veg.

    Paws crossed and bunny hugs sent for wee Pixie.
    her pic is gorgeous!
    I would def continue on the panacur (wormer)

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    Default Update - no feeling in hind legs, can't pee or poo

    Thanks so much ripminnie and leesabuntine for your lovely replies. The support means so much.

    I fed Pixie a few mls of critical care every few hours through the night and spoonfed him mushy pellets before setting off for the rabbit specialist this morning. I was there for their opening at 9 am and they took him in straight away.

    The specialist is very concerned. His teeth are absolutely fine and she doesn't think it's head tilt, the symptoms don't match. His condition has progressed, he can no longer pull his back legs under him and can't pee or poo. She had to express his bladder as it was so full. He has no feeling in his back paws (tested by pinching them) and some feeling in his front paws, though he can't move them. She thinks it's something neurological, but doesn't know what and she's not very hopeful. He's been admitted to the hospital until at least Monday for x-rays and blood tests.

    I'd been staying stong and holding it together for Pixie. I checked my email just as I was about to drive home. There was an email from one of those positivity websites I'd signed up to where they send you a daily message of hope (TUT A Note from the Universe if any of you know it). I don't normally pay much heed to it, but opened it anyway. It read "The real reason animals don't talk, Kat, is because they understand so much."

    Well that just pushed me over the edge and I bawled in the car with the whole street watching :'( He's such a sweet, gentle, friendly, happy rabbit and even in the short time I've had him I've come to love him so much. I'm not a religious woman, but I'm praying hard that he'll make it somehow.
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    Poor poor you I know how you feel as I lost my bun a few weeks ago to something similar.

    He is at the best place, a vet who knows whats what and you have done your best for him, I know this does not help you one little bit but you have done your best.

    Lots of

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    Oh no poor Pixie sending millions of healing vibes for him xxx

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