Hi, I haven't posted on here for ages but wanted to share what my poor bunny has been through in the last couple of months. His name is Clover and he's four now. He was sold as a girl - found out he was a boy when he was about 1 and started getting "friendly" with my legs!. He was neutered soon after and since then the only vet trips he's had have been for jabs and check-ups. Until this year.
First he got a bit of a muck bottom at the beginning of spring, which he is quite prone to being a dwarf lop with very fluffy fur. Normally a good run in the garden sorts him out, but not this time so we went to clean him up, only to discover that we were too late and he already had flystrike. We got him straight to our vet and they sorted him out - fortunately he only had a mild case and we got him seen to quickly and probably saved his life. He has now been rearguarded and that will be repeated once more this summer and again every year when he gets his jabs.
He had just got over that when he went quiet - for a few days I thought he was just a bit hot (he's black and we've been having a bit of a heatwave in the UK) but last Saturday I checked on him and his left eye was shut and running. A trip to the emergency vet the next day and he had an antibiotic jab and some drops which we had to put in his eye three times a day. The vet said it looked like something had poked him in the eye and it had got infected, but expected the drops to sort it out. Two days later we took him back to be checked and the eye was no better, if anything a bit worse, so he was admitted for intensive treatment. The vets were brilliant and tried every available antibiotic by injection and as drops, but by Friday there was no improvement although he was still eating well and fine in himself, so we had to take the decision to either remove his eye or put him to sleep. I had said from the beginning that I'd rather have Clover with only one eye than not have him at all, so he had surgery on Friday afternoon. He came through it well and I visited him yesterday. He's still in hospital on painkillers now but might be well enough to come home tomorrow. I can't wait, I have really missed my bunny!
Well done to anyone who made it to the end of the story, and if anyone has any experience of one-eyed buns I'd be interested to hear it.