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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    It looks like Toffee and Tom made your decision for you

    2/3 of a coat is still quite something, and with the body heat of Toffee he probably feels a lot more comfortable and secure. I think it's wise of you to do what you've done x
    Thanks that means a lot from someone with lots of experience with rabbits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToffTom View Post
    If the vet tomorrow has no answers, I'm not sure where we are going with this. He clearly can't remain like this. Surely it would be worth trying some sort of treatment, even if it is best guess with a penicillin or something, wouldn't it ? If it doesn't work, we're still at the same point of putting him to sleep. I just wish we could tell how much pain he was in.

    As I mentioned in a previous post regarding your emergency vet and the Metacam dose, I would hope the vet tomorrow will give a decent dose of painkiller to see how Tom responds. And yes, possibly penicillin injections if he feels they will help him - though they aren't a quick fix.

    Getting weight on him seems to be important too, as this will boost the immune system, but it's difficult to do, I know.

    Hoping the specialist has some results and therefore some way forward for you and Tom.

    Will you be taking Toffee along too?

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    We hadn't been using the Recovery as he was eating well but maybe we should be using both to get the weight back on. The other issue is his mobility / balance. Nobody has been able to explain why he overnight had a change of gait and carries his rear end so high when hopping around. We were nervous of giving him the Metacam orally as it seemed to make him very drowsy and go off his food after 1 dose. Could have been coincedence. Tried to persuade local vet to let us take injections away but she felt no Metacam other than 1 weak dose due to the kidney function indication. He has not had any pain killers in the 3-4 weeks he has had this. We also need to stop the diarrhoea. Perhaps liquid feeds would help in this regard. I feel positive about trying to help him but it not sure how the vet will think. He looks in a sorry state really and is always quite subdude at the vets so appears worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToffTom View Post
    We hadn't been using the Recovery as he was eating well but maybe we should be using both to get the weight back on. The other issue is his mobility / balance. Nobody has been able to explain why he overnight had a change of gait and carries his rear end so high when hopping around. We were nervous of giving him the Metacam orally as it seemed to make him very drowsy and go off his food after 1 dose. Could have been coincedence. Tried to persuade local vet to let us take injections away but she felt no Metacam other than 1 weak dose due to the kidney function indication. He has not had any pain killers in the 3-4 weeks he has had this. We also need to stop the diarrhoea. Perhaps liquid feeds would help in this regard. I feel positive about trying to help him but it not sure how the vet will think. He looks in a sorry state really and is always quite subdude at the vets so appears worse.

    Yes, I would feed the Recovery as well as letting him eat all he wants. Porridge is good also.

    Balance issues could be connected with an ear infection:

    http://www.veterinarywebinars.com/me...se_Rabbits.pdf

    It maybe he had a reaction to the Metacam, but it's not usual for a rabbit to be drowsy and go off his food. It's a Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory, like our Ibuprofen, so it would work in a similar way to that. If he's on Ranitidine then it shouldn't upset his tummy at all. Many rabbits love the taste

    Carrying his rear end high could be due to some spinal issue, arthritis, or a rabbit trying to keep from sitting in soiled fur (they hold their back end up to stop the muck from spreading, if that makes sense)

    There are lots of versions of diarrhoea, and perhaps it would be good to take a photo and a sample to the vet when you go.

    http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/poop.html

    http://rabbit.org/soft-stools/

    Could be parasites, or a bacterial infection.

    http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/GI_dise...teritis_en.htm

    Stress can cause it, or a diet low in fibre.

    http://www.netvet.co.uk/rabbits/diarrhoea.htm

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    Update: Vet didn't have any new results back; still awaiting Rabbit syphallis. However, the EC was not negative as the voicemail that we received, it was a "false positive" so he could have that. A treatment of Panacur has been started today. Tom is quite weak though this morning. He was OK through the night (I checked on him twice in the night and it was very cold outside - down to 1degC or so. He was fine a 7am but then at around 7:30 he was on his side seemingly asleep but took a long time to stir (I had to touch his nose to wake him up) and then struggled to get up. Vet injected Ranatadine but it doesn't seem to have made him hungry like usual.
    We will keep on the Recovery and the Panacur and hope for the best.

    Syphallis result expected Thursday. We did discuss taking the gamble and treating for Syphallis anyway but vet said the risk was severe diarrhoea and left it for us to decide. We didn't know what to do but decided to try the Panacur first and the Recovery and hope he puts weight on.

    Tom is now only 1kg and is supposed to be 2kg. I think we are losing. Very sad.

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