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Drumroll, Please!

It's been a week now ... I've waited to make sure.

Mallow bunny can get to his feet by himself again!

It's about 95% of the time. When he's tired, he has trouble with it. And his stance is decidedly lopsided, especially as he gets fatigued.

But he's much cleaner as a result, and he can jump up into the litter box (that doesn't mean he's resumed using it consistently, however ... but I also put the sweepings from their space into it, so he checks to see whether there's any bits of hay in there that suit his fancy).

I am so relieved ... although I'm very cognizant that, given his age, it may be a temporary situation.

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telophase
Oct. 25th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
Yay!
chomiji
Oct. 26th, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)

Yay!

snarp
Oct. 25th, 2010 02:54 am (UTC)
Hooray for the bunny!
chomiji
Oct. 26th, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)

All the way through this, except for the first couple of weeks, he's been convinced that he's a Big Tough Bunny. His faith in his own powers are really touching.

lawless523
Oct. 25th, 2010 04:02 am (UTC)
I'm glad he's better.
chomiji
Oct. 26th, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)

It's a big relief!

smillaraaq
Oct. 25th, 2010 07:42 am (UTC)
Yay! Go Mallow! (And go you, for all your patient rehabbing work in getting him back on his feet, literally!)
chomiji
Oct. 26th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)

I'm so glad I didn't try confining him more while I was out, which was one suggestion I got. I didn't want to do that because I wanted him to get as much exercise as he could whenever he was on his feet.

avierra
Oct. 25th, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
That's really good news! You must be very relieved. Did they ever figure out what was wrong with him?
chomiji
Oct. 26th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)

No, we never did get a definitive diagnosis. With a human being in that situation, there would have been MRIs and stuff, but for an elderly animal who can't understand why things like that are being done and who would find them frightening and painful, there didn't seem to be much point, once he was past the stage where he wasn't eating properly and wasn't getting any joy out of life. The past couple of months have been a pain for me, because I had to keep washing him and his bedding constantly, but he was pretty patient about the whole thing, and quite happy whenever I set him back on his feet.

I'm guessing a stroke. Rabbits can get them, and his symptoms past and present are consistent with that. The antibiotics they gave him early on would have held off opportunistic infections, and the anti-inflammatory med he was on during that same period would have helped with brain swelling.

lady_ganesh
Oct. 28th, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
Hooray for Mallow! I know it may not last forever, but it's still great to hear.
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