As Charlie Brown would say, "Auuugh!" I just typed up a big long post about Leo's recent health problems and then the internet connection dropped and I lost the whole thing. Perhaps it's just as well bc the post was getting a bit wordy and involved there. Let me sum up things better then:
- Leo got sick in December, 2011: lost weight, not eating, messy stools, goopier eye discharge.
- We brought him a couple of times to our housecall vet's colleague with a brick and mortar practice. He got him feeling better, but not back to normal so he referred us to Dr. Margaret Fordham at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital.
- Leo's been there a couple of times already and has had:
- Back at home, he continues his meds and he's doing very well.
- We learned that Leo is older than we previously thought. He's approx. 5-7 yo so he's actually an elder bun. This is disappointing bc we had thought he was 2 or 3 and life expectancy is 7-10 years. He remains, however, cute as a button regardless of age.
- We also learned that the eye discharge is not related to his incisor removal (done before we adopted him), but more likely due to a blocked nasolacrimal duct.
- He goes back to OVH for a follow up in a few weeks. The idea is to see how fast his teeth grow in order to figure out how often he needs his teeth ground down.
We've learned a lot about Leo in particular and rabbits in general. Not all vets are rabbit savvy, so, even though it's a bit of a hike to OVH, it's a relief to know that he's receiving well-informed care. He's an excellent traveller and patient. Here he is about to leave for OVH:
Is he freaking adorable or what?! Here he is, back at home, feeling better. He loves just sitting on top of the ottoman.
I like seeing him stretched out like in this picture:
I don't know if I'm correct, but when I see him lazing around all stretched out in the open, I interpret that to mean that he's feeling safe and relaxed. That pink bed is actually Pinchita's pink princess bed, but Leo's taken it over and camps out in it for hours at a time.
He's doing very well now: eating his select greens (he only likes certain greens) and pellets; producing good stools; his eye looks much better and bopping around and relaxing like his usual charming self.