Gas and tucking leg
I noticed yesterday morning that Snow hadn't eaten all his pellets during the night. This is extremely odd since he pretty much inhales them everytime I give them to him. He didn't drink much either. He had been acting lethargic the night before and laying with his tummy on the ground. I figured he had just been tired. But after seeing he hadn't eaten as usual, I immediately made an appointment. The doctor said he had a little gas and his temperature was in the low end of normal, but still in normal range. She prescribed Metacam for pain, and Cisapride for the gut. He is not in Stasis since I did manage to get him to eat carrots and lettuce that morning, plus he was pooping normally and drank from a water dish. I gave him both Metacam and Cisapride when we got home, and he seemed to suddenly get worse. I don't know if it was a reaction to the Cisapride, or his stomach was just hurting more. He was acting very strangely, sitting with an odd posture, like very straight with his hind legs under him. I got particularly worried when he put his left foot out to the side and turned his body to the right and did that several times. I called the doctor and she told me that it could be neurological because it seemed as if he was leaning to the right, and she suspected he would get a head tilt as well. She also said it could be a parasite that was causing paralysis. Both sounded very scary to me, but after watching him for a while, I realized he was tucking his right foot under him, holding it at an odd horizontal angle close to the left foot. His left food would go out to the side because of the way he was holding his right foot. When I told the doctor this she ruled out both of what she thought it might be. Someone told me their bunny does something odd like that too when he's gassy, but I would think by now the gas episode would be over, but he's still sitting like that, although his posture has improved. He's not sitting as strange as he did before, but it's still not back to normal. He is hopping around normally, so I don't think the leg is hurting him. Right now his eating habits are almost back to normal, though, so I didn't have to force feed him Critical Care or give him anymore Cisapride. I am getting some Bene-Bac for him today, and he's still on the Metacam until Monday.
I was wondering if anyone else has experienced something like this with their bunny. I am bringing him back in today and hopefully the problem can be diagnosed and fixed.
Last edited by Hikari; 10-16-2009 at 10:15 AM.