Hi there everyone,
I have a 8yr old male lop named Pidge. I wanted to share his story of hopewith everyone. It all began the week before Thanksgiving, I noticed that he wasn't eating his greens and he seemed to be walking funny. By 9:00 pm that night he couldn't stand at all, and would just fall over on his side, he also developed a head tilt. By this time I'm reallypanicking andrush him to the emergency vet. The doctor takes a look at him and finds a lump on his lower jaw, their only explaination is pasturella, but they preferred that we take him to our own vet in the morning. By now it is after midnight, they gave us some bayril to start him on told us to pad his pen with towels so he wouldn't hurt himself because of the extreme dizziness.
We took him into our vet first thing the next morning. After multiple cultures his doctor assurred us that it wasn't pasturella, he just has two different things going on at once! First he has a bad inner ear infection that is causing the head tilt and dizziness. The other issue is this lump on his jaw. It turned out to be an abcess, 3 months earlier he had a tooth pulled and now this abcess aparently formedaround the same spot. So, on December 5th he had surgery to remove the abcess, I was so worried about him being sedated with having the other issue with the dizziness and head tilt. They assured us that he would be okay. They told us that the surgery would take about a half hour. That was the LONGEST half hour I ever experienced. They let us know when he was in recovery, they wouldn't let us see him though because they said he was really out of it. They told us he had to stay in the hospital for 2 days after the surgery to monitor him. The next day I called to see how he was doing and if we could come visit him. The doctor got on the phone and said that he was doing exceptional and we could come get him!! He was sent home with a dermachlor solution that we had to use to flush out the surgery site twice a day with & enrofloxacin for his ear, plus the oral bayril. We also had to visit the vet every 3-5 days so that they can flush it out real good and checkthe healing progress. to this day, 1 1/2 months later we are still going back and forth to the vet.
The darn surgery site keeps filling up with pus. His ear is looking pretty good, its almost all cleared up and his head has returned to normal, no more tilt!! So, the last time we took him to the vet they did another culture, to see if the baytril is now resistant. Sure enough, while I am writing this the vet called and said that the culture came back and the baytril isnt working anymore and that they are going to switch his medication to Trimethoprim-sulpher? I hope this starts working for the poor guy, he has been through so much stress lately, the flushing every day, the trips to the vettwice a week (the vet is an hour away), the treatment in his ear (they had to sedate him twice to do a deep ear cleaning to get the pus out of his ear!) it has just been stressful on everyoneincluding his mommy's credit card. The vet billsare another story!I Thank God everyday that he is able to spend another day with me, I would hate to loose him after all this. He is my little miracle bunny, I don't know what keeps him going!
He's my little angel!