The vet’s appointment yesterday didn’t go so well. I’ve been concerned this past week about Charlie having a weepy eye, and a wet nose – on the same side – which from past tragic experience with the guinea pigs I know as warning signs, and the vet had the same concern (i.e. about his teeth and mouth). His weight has also been worrying me this year. Charlie has dropped a whole pound since his last checkup, which is a lot for a rabbit his size, and he still has his lopsided expression which I mentioned to the vet last time. (This time was our second time at that surgery, with a different vet this time, who really knew her stuff as far as rabbits were concerned.)
The first thing she said was ‘there’s not a lot to him, is there?’ and then ‘He’s lopsided,’ – the first person to notice without me pointing it out. Although last time the other vet found a small spur on his teeth, but considered it not large enough to worry about, this vet couldn’t even get to see the area because Charlie was in such obvious discomfort. She didn’t give him his myxo jab because she felt he was in such a bad way. I have pro-biotics to sprinkle on his food to see if he can tolerate more food and gain some weight (which has always been the problem with Charlie’s digestion) and some painkiller to administer orally to see if it enables her to have a proper look at the problem part of his mouth (and side of face) next week.
So he is not a very healthy bunny, and causing some concern. He may need putting under anaesthetic to check out what is really going on in his mouth – but needs to put on some weight in order to reduce the risk that comes with going under anaesthetic. But there is a risk, and he’s not very well, so it’s all a bit worrying. It’s not cheap, either, of course. But hearing her talking about him and his state of health in the terms she did made me struggle to compose myself at times, as he sat meekly on the table while I stroked him.
I hope we can put some weight on him and bring him through.
Get well soon, Charlie.
Today: 3-4/10, medium