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Mallow Is a Bit Better

He can stay in a normal resting-bunny pose (chest down, front legs stretched out in front, head erect, hind legs turned to the side together and extended at approx. right angles to his body) for extended periods of time, he drinks from his water bottle when it's offered, and he struggles and kicks a bit when we clean him up. He doesn't seem to be having loose bowels anymore, so he's easier to keep tidy.

I've been able to cut back on the subcutaneous fluids - once per day instead of twice; the sign to cut back was that I could feel it pooling under his skin, and he didn't like it - it must have itched because he tried to scratch at it. He's amazingly tolerant of having this done; he mostly just lays there and munches hay. Brownie is a pain while it's going on - she gets annoyed because I'm clearly paying attention to him instead of her (I have my hand on his back, to hold the needle in).

He does still favor lying on one side rather than the other, and when he starts getting tired, he'll curl in on himself in a rather un-natural-looking way.

The vet said (when I reported the progress) that because Mallow is starting to improve, we could see lots more improvement over the nest couple of days, and if we don't, I should call again.

My hopes for him are modest at this point. I just want him to be able to get up and go drink out of his water bottle by himself.

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lawless523
Jul. 21st, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
I'm glad he's showing some signs of progress, at least. Poor bunny. *gives him virtual pets*

We had to do the subcutaneous water thing for a cat of ours. It's no fun.
lady_ganesh
Jul. 21st, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
Awww, Mallow. ♥
blue_hobbit
Jul. 21st, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
I'm glad your rabbit is doing a little better, hope he'll fully recover!

And thanks so much for the lovely postcard! Sorry for taking so long to let you know, I haven't been online much at all recently because of the heat, so my LJ and friendslist have been sadly neglected :(
theskywasblue
Jul. 21st, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear the bunny is recovered somewhat - I hope he keeps improving!

I'm so boggled by the fact that vets give subcutaneous fluids for people to give at home O_o my boss never does that. I guess he must have a reason for it *makes a note to ask him about it*
smillaraaq
Jul. 21st, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
Hurrah, I'm so glad to hear some encouraging news! *hugs* Would it help to distract Brownie with some really amazing treat?
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