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Last Post by NikitaSue20 at 10/13/2012 6:05 AM (35 Replies)
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User is Offline joen05
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8/31/2012 8:20 AM

Hey Mocha,

The vet did not mention massage, but I have been trying that too.  It seems like she is eating somewhat (the hay pile I left for her last night before I went to bed was much smaller in the morning), but she is still refusing most food.  I don't know if she is eating when we are not watching, but it doesn't seem like much.  I've been watching her all day and have gotten her to tear at a few things, which she will sometimes chew on and eat, but other than that she is just licking a lot of things and drinking some water.

It seems like she is pooping a little while after every time she eats, but as she is not eating normally she isn't pooping as much.

I'm thinking about calling the vet today to see what might explain her behavior of just licking things instead of eating them.


User is Offline joen05
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9/02/2012 5:13 PM
Welp, the vet has placed Leo on Mirtazapine to try to stimulate her appetite. She has had much more energy recently, and is still very accepting of her critical care. She is still kinda chewing on and eating some food that is offered to her, but it seems like she doesn't want to be seen eating on her own. I will sometimes hear her munching, turn to look, and she will look back with a "what are you looking at?" expression, and stop. She is still licking a fair amount of things, but will sometimes take a bite now.

She is having more bowel movements, and I think I saw a few that were normal colored, but still very small. She did injest a little hay with some coaxing, so those might be from that. We have taken her off gas medicine, but she is still on gut motility meds. We are out of metacam again also. I will be calling the vet to leave a message tomorrow (it's a holiday!) to see how we should proceed this week.

User is Offline jerseygirl
Australia
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9/03/2012 9:52 AM
It's good she's starting to eat more on her own, especially hay. It's like she knows what she needs. Clever girl!

Metacam can be tricky... It might help relieve any pain she might have, enough for her to be interested in food but then it's not that great on the gut. I *think* its a med that shouldn't be given on an empty stomach. Another side effect can be suppressing of the appetite. Something you certainly dont want in Leo's case!
Continued (((vibes)))

User is Offline joen05
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9/05/2012 10:06 AM
So currently Leo is back on all the meds, as the vet suggested a refill. I have been able to get her to gnaw at some hay sometimes, and she ate some parsley yesterday. She is becoming increasingly finnicky at syringe feeding time, and the vet suggested that we cut back on the critical care, to see if she is not eating because she constantly feels full. She is still pooping after we feed her, so her gut is apparently moving ok. She is also pretty active still, hopping around, digging at the ground, and can still pack quite a kick when she is annoyed.

She has a weigh-in and checkup on Saturday as well.

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
New Brunswick, Canada
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9/06/2012 12:56 AM
Wishing you luck at your vet visit.
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User is Offline littlemissflip
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9/06/2012 4:01 PM

Oops, I'm editing my post, because somehow I didn't see about half of the replies before I posted...  Most of what I posted is no longer relevant - but I do still want to send healthy, happy bunny vibes your way!! 


User is Offline joen05
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9/11/2012 10:05 AM
Sooooo, an update after bringing her to the vet. The vet says that she has lost a good amount of weight (not a good thing), so at the time, blood work will only reveal a bad liver and would not make her eligible for surgery. She did say that she looks healthier than before, and I had gotten her to eat some parsley the night before. Well the vet tried some carrot tops while we were there and she LOVED the tops. Vet sent me home with a large bag of them and instructions to get her weight back up so we can get the blood work done. Since then, she has been eating a very good amount of fresh greens (parsley, cilantro, carrot top) and has been very active. She even ate some pellets last night. However, she still seems averse to hay, and since we have cut back on the critical care she has produced less poop.

She seems to be making a turn for the better, but I am somewhat worried about the lack of poop. She does seem to grind her teeth a lot less so maybe the pain has subsided, but it may come in waves, so I am going to monitor her more.

User is Offline Binky91
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9/11/2012 11:49 AM
I've been reading all the posts here and I'm so pleased she's starting to get a bit better, sending healthy vibes to her, I'm sure she's a fighter! Sounds like you've got a good vet on your side too which is always good!
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User is Offline joen05
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10/11/2012 6:36 AM
Just wanted to update here, it's been about a month, and Leo is pretty much off of critical care now and eating on her own. We are working on getting her weight back up and then going to bring her in for a spay. Thanks to all for your vibes and advice! :-)

User is Offline jerseygirl
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10/11/2012 7:09 AM
That's great! She's responded to your TLC.

User is Offline bullrider76543
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10/11/2012 7:50 AM
Awesome!!! All that love you gave her probably helped her fight to keep going dealing with the stress of all that was going on. sending continuing ((((((((Healing Vibes))))))))
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User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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10/11/2012 9:58 AM
I'm glad to hear things are improving.
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User is Offline bunnygirl
Western Australia
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10/11/2012 2:58 PM
Good to hear things are improving! Good luck with her spay, and I'm glad she's doing better. Good girl Leo!
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User is Offline Memarie
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10/11/2012 5:55 PM
I'm just getting caught up with this thread now... Poor Leo. I'm really glad she pulled through! Good luck with the upcoming spay. I will send healing vibes her way =)

User is Offline tanlover14
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10/12/2012 7:28 AM
So glad to hear your girl is doing better!! Sending vibes for her spay! Definitely keep us all up to date on whats going on with her.
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User is Offline NikitaSue20
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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10/13/2012 6:05 AM
Good Luck! This has to be so stressful on you
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