Monday, August 16, 2010

Back from the vet's

There is good news and slightly disturbing news, but overall good news.

The good: X-rays show the blockage is smaller and has moved a little, so it isn't an obstruction. There is also poop in the colon, which means things are being processed and are moving, they're just moving slower than they should. We have been given cisapride to help get things moving and Mickey's vet wants me to add a little mineral oil to his food to help move everything as well. I'm not keen on mineral oil as a laxative for anyone, but as long as it's a very small amount, it shouldn't cause problems.

The slightly disturbing: Mickey has lost almost an entire pound. The last time I took him to the vet before all this started was in July; he weighed a little over 6 1/2 lbs. Today, he weighed in at 5 lbs., 13 oz.  You would never know it to look at him or hold him, but it still bothers me.

When we got home, I got the patient settled in his cage and went to the grocery store to get him his favorite veggies: dandelion greens and kale. The dandelion greens will definitely help get things moving, since they tend to have a laxative effect, and I can rub a little mineral oil on the kale to get it in him without using too much. We'll be back to the vet on Wednesday for follow-up; she wants to see him every 2-3 days until we know for sure he's out of danger.

As for the patient, he's currently trying to stuff as much kale inside himself as possible, after tossing one of his jingle toys around to let me know he was ready to eat. I think he's enjoying his "hospitalization" a little too much. ;)

7 comments:

Laura said...

I hope it's nothing serious. A pound in a small animal is a lot. When he is healthier you should give him a big helping of treats!

Jade said...

The treats are most likely what got him into this mess; even though most of them are "healthy" treats, he was eating them more than the stuff he's supposed to eat, so we're going to be cutting back on them a lot. He's not going to like it, but it's for his own good.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Oh it is so easy to give a rabbit too many treats and stuff like that. BL is really good at sticking to hay, some pellets and oats, lots of greens and a bit of fruit. A bit of whole wheat bread now and then .. that's it. I, on the other hand .... well, at least I don't offer them ice cream!

Clovie Boy said...

I have been through this with Clovis a time or two but not to this extent. I sure know how worrisome this can be but it sounds like you are doing a fabulous job of getting Mick through it. Hang in there!

Lisa said...

Sounds like he's doing a lot better. And one pound so quickly is a little bit scary, but as long as his health keeps improving and he doesn't lose MORE weight, maybe it will be for the best? (fewer butt baths)? Just trying to look at the up side...

Keep getting better Mickey!

The human said...

Go Mickey... you're getting there!
Hugs from Buttons xx

SixBunnies said...

Love to Mickey! I'm glad he has a good mommy to take care of him! It's tough to cut down on the treats. Mine are used to more banana than they probably should have, and I've had to cut down. Their little faces and that telescoped up position with the little front paws crossed in front ... It just says "Please, Mommy" and gets me every time! Those ornery boogers! :)