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Patchoulili

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Good evening everyone.

I am currently crying the Niagara falls as I am having a horrible decision to make, allowing my 4 years old baby bunny to go to binky heaven or not.
He had E. Cuniculi from birth which I tried treating, had several GI stasis to cure but recently, he has lost some weight to the point that we can feel his spine and hips bones. I tried feeding him more and encouraging him to do so. He ate normally but didn't get any weight. It tears my heart to see him so skinny when he used to be healthily plump and fluffy.His hind legs also started paralyzing to the point that today, he can hardly hold himself together. He walks a bit but get into a spine breaking position afterward as if it was hard for him and now, he doesn't seem very enthusiastic about eating.
I brought him so many times to the vet this year and as a young adult with not the biggest income, it hasn't always been so easy times but I love him so deeply but now... I'm so terrified to tell myself that putting him into an eternal slumber might be the best decision. I would need some opinions please, I am totally broken as I wasn't expecting this to happen to this little adorable bunny all that I love so much.
Thank you very much.
 

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I am so sorry! This is a very hard situation. Clearly you have tried and tried to help him again & again. He has a very caring owner! My opinion Is, if he is in pain and it keeps getting worse, and there is no fixing it, it would probably be better for him to be put down. 😔
 

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Thank you very much for your compassion.
As for now, he's resumed on eating normally, pooping fine and acting normal too.I think I may just need to keep trying to make him gain weight and try to make his life as comfortable as possible with his slowly paralyzing hind legs but sadly... If it keeps getting worse, I'm so frightened to tell myself that I will have to take such a self-destroying decision.
Patchouli and I have such a deep bond, he's a very affectionate bunny and if I have to put him down, I will just keep on having flashing pictures of him licking me to ask for hugs or having him serenely falling asleep on me while I caress his white fur. I will have to tell myself that he gave me so much love and yet I betrayed him by putting him to sleep. I will have to hug him one last time, which he will probably enjoy knowing him then have to let him go. My little baby.
I will be scarred for life.
 

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Before you do that, please try spplementing 1 meal every single day with syringe feeding. You can get the feeding syringe from vet. If your vet does not carry Critical Care, order off Amazon.
This is hand mixed. Take about 3/4 tsp in a little dish. Add a little warm water at a time while stirring until its the consistency of apple sauce. Can be a little runnier too. Suck up in the syringe and insert in corner of bunnies mouth. Some buns love and will just lick from syringe. Its concentrated and allows you to make sure essential nutrients and water are being consumed. Your vet may carry it, only a vet can supply this but I got mine from Amazon later. 20200606_073306.jpg Maybe IV fluids would help. Check into this right now, you are down to the wire. Check now if possible!

Critical Care has vitamins
 

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Before you do that, please try spplementing 1 meal every single day with syringe feeding. You can get the feeding syringe from vet. If your vet does not carry Critical Care, order off Amazon.
This is hand mixed. Take about 3/4 tsp in a little dish. Add a little warm water at a time while stirring until its the consistency of apple sauce. Can be a little runnier too. Suck up in the syringe and insert in corner of bunnies mouth. Some buns love and will just lick from syringe. Its concentrated and allows you to make sure essential nutrients and water are being consumed. Your vet may carry it, only a vet can supply this but I got mine from Amazon later. View attachment 48404 Maybe IV fluids would help. Check into this right now, you are down to the wire. Check now if possible!

Critical Care has vitamins
I do have some sinc ehe had a couple of GI stasis (need to re order some though) and he eats his hay pretty normally but he's very picky and wasteful. I also give him veggies and leafs which he's very eager to eat. I may consider maybe buying some pellets to fill up a bit, would it sound like a wise choice?
 

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Because he is in a poorly state, if you can, insert 1 Critical Care feeding - on top of all his other food. This is to make sure all those nutrients are in him, like a vitamin. Then have food available 24/7. When a bunny starts to go down, it can plummet really fast. Dehydration can cause a bunny to be floppy. Quick check, gently pinch the neck skin up, it should fall back down when you release. If it stays pinched it would indicate gross dehydration. A bunny in that state needs subq fluids. If it falls back down would show he is somewhat ok.

Intervention needed. The bunny I have now got very sick 3 years ago and I went to euthanize him at emergency vet. She sedated him and injected him. When she put the stethoscope on him, his eyes opened. It was horrific, he was alive still. She said she could do it again and I said absolutely not, he wanted to live. She said he is is full of lethal, toxic euthanasia meds and that is an emergency. He had to be on IV fluids entire day to help flush out. Its 3 years later now. It taught me to be absolutely 1000000% sure before you put your pet down. A bun can be very sick but able to get better if you explore all options. Get some CC in him as nutritious boost. Poor guy needs extra care.
 

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I’m so sorry you have to go through this. I pray that your bun will make it. It looks like you’ve done everything you can but there is still a chance he can make it. He’s so young he deserves a chance. 💛
 

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Good evening everyone.

I am currently crying the Niagara falls as I am having a horrible decision to make, allowing my 4 years old baby bunny to go to binky heaven or not.
He had E. Cuniculi from birth which I tried treating, had several GI stasis to cure but recently, he has lost some weight to the point that we can feel his spine and hips bones. I tried feeding him more and encouraging him to do so. He ate normally but didn't get any weight. It tears my heart to see him so skinny when he used to be healthily plump and fluffy.His hind legs also started paralyzing to the point that today, he can hardly hold himself together. He walks a bit but get into a spine breaking position afterward as if it was hard for him and now, he doesn't seem very enthusiastic about eating.
I brought him so many times to the vet this year and as a young adult with not the biggest income, it hasn't always been so easy times but I love him so deeply but now... I'm so terrified to tell myself that putting him into an eternal slumber might be the best decision. I would need some opinions please, I am totally broken as I wasn't expecting this to happen to this little adorable bunny all that I love so much.
Thank you very much.
I would try 2 more things. If you have an alternative vet in driving distance who provides acupuncture he or she might have ideas. A lady I knew was in a similar position and went to the alternative vet. He did some acupuncture treatments, sent homeopathic homeand I believe gave her a iv with a certain medication. She lived 4 more years. Another option might be a liquid product called rescue remedy...They might make an animal version now but it comes in liquid form. It is flower essences called Bach Remedies...there might be another kind that would be good for your bunny. If you search Bach remedies there will be practitioners that can make a bottle specific for the condition or you can pick. It is very low cost $25 or less for certain. It is made from flowers....worth a try. You put a couple drops on the nose or directly in the mouth if possible. It helped an animal I had who just wanted to be alone and I had issues with her weight....she lived at least 10 or 12 more years. Try to make her as comfortable as possible, clean space and put things around her that make her happy. It sounds like you have done a lot. Consider some complementary treatments, it might encourage her to get her appetite back. Otherwise try to not feel too bad, when an animal is sick from the start, it can be hard on her body.
 

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Because he is in a poorly state, if you can, insert 1 Critical Care feeding - on top of all his other food. This is to make sure all those nutrients are in him, like a vitamin. Then have food available 24/7. When a bunny starts to go down, it can plummet really fast. Dehydration can cause a bunny to be floppy. Quick check, gently pinch the neck skin up, it should fall back down when you release. If it stays pinched it would indicate gross dehydration. A bunny in that state needs subq fluids. If it falls back down would show he is somewhat ok.

Intervention needed. The bunny I have now got very sick 3 years ago and I went to euthanize him at emergency vet. She sedated him and injected him. When she put the stethoscope on him, his eyes opened. It was horrific, he was alive still. She said she could do it again and I said absolutely not, he wanted to live. She said he is is full of lethal, toxic euthanasia meds and that is an emergency. He had to be on IV fluids entire day to help flush out. Its 3 years later now. It taught me to be absolutely 1000000% sure before you put your pet down. A bun can be very sick but able to get better if you explore all options. Get some CC in him as nutritious boost. Poor guy needs extra care.
What a story, he lived a miracle. I hope your bunny lived well after that! Thank you for sharing your astounding story! 🙏

I’m so sorry you have to go through this. I pray that your bun will make it. It looks like you’ve done everything you can but there is still a chance he can make it. He’s so young he deserves a chance. 💛
Thank you very much. I hope your prays will reach out to him 💕
 

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I would try 2 more things. If you have an alternative vet in driving distance who provides acupuncture he or she might have ideas. A lady I knew was in a similar position and went to the alternative vet. He did some acupuncture treatments, sent homeopathic homeand I believe gave her a iv with a certain medication. She lived 4 more years. Another option might be a liquid product called rescue remedy...They might make an animal version now but it comes in liquid form. It is flower essences called Bach Remedies...there might be another kind that would be good for your bunny. If you search Bach remedies there will be practitioners that can make a bottle specific for the condition or you can pick. It is very low cost $25 or less for certain. It is made from flowers....worth a try. You put a couple drops on the nose or directly in the mouth if possible. It helped an animal I had who just wanted to be alone and I had issues with her weight....she lived at least 10 or 12 more years. Try to make her as comfortable as possible, clean space and put things around her that make her happy. It sounds like you have done a lot. Consider some complementary treatments, it might encourage her to get her appetite back. Otherwise try to not feel too bad, when an animal is sick from the start, it can be hard on her body.

Thank you for the advice! I live in France so I don't if I have such things around but I'll try to look.
And also, like I said, he eats pretty normally, eats his hay (but in a very picky and wasteful manner), eats his veggies, fruits and herbs. I feel like he has lost weight since I cut off the pellets (sometimes he just won't eat his hay because he's expecting to have some pellets and fruits instead) and also because, unintentionally I gave him a bowl for his hay that was too small so unconsciously I was probably not giving him enough hay, which I feel horrible for. I know that now, I have bought a bigger one and fills it up every now and then regardless of all the wasted hay he doesn't eat and I will try reincluding some pellets. I may also give him some critical day from time to time but I need to buy a new package.
Thank you very much for your replies 🙏🙏🙏
 

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As for now, I don't want to give up on my baby so easily. I will try making his life as comfortable as possible. He's like a child to me, a furry one that is, but I love him too much and I believe he loves me too much too.
I recently got wind that toy rabbits were genetically modified rabbits so their lifespan is greatly shortened because of this immoral practice (how is this not illegal?!)
But I will make sure that he can live happy as long as possible! 🥰
 

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Thank you for the advice! I live in France so I don't if I have such things around but I'll try to look.
And also, like I said, he eats pretty normally, eats his hay (but in a very picky and wasteful manner), eats his veggies, fruits and herbs. I feel like he has lost weight since I cut off the pellets (sometimes he just won't eat his hay because he's expecting to have some pellets and fruits instead) and also because, unintentionally I gave him a bowl for his hay that was too small so unconsciously I was probably not giving him enough hay, which I feel horrible for. I know that now, I have bought a bigger one and fills it up every now and then regardless of all the wasted hay he doesn't eat and I will try reincluding some pellets. I may also give him some critical day from time to time but I need to buy a new package.
Thank you very much for your replies 🙏🙏🙏
Bach remedies originated in France I believe. There is also a popular homeopathic medication called Osci (it has a really long name). The company that makes it is called borion, also from France I believe. It comes in a vial and has teeny tiny pellets that are sweet. It is for when you do not feel well in a general way. Homeopathic is very safe and it is one of the only complementary treatments proven to work. Giving your bun fresh hay daily and maybe some flowers or something put in there might encourage her. I wish you the very best and hope her eating and health improves.
 

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It's not an easy decision. We've rescued 47 and had to make the decision a few times. If there is no quality of life and each day is a struggle it's time to let go. I usually keep them going longer than I should as I hate to make the decision. Our avatar Nikki was 10, deaf, blind but still did alright. When she started losing weight, we took her to the vet--blind, deaf, heart murmur,bladder stones and was really losing weight--it was time, but I was a wreck for a week after. You both are in our prayers.
 

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It's not an easy decision. We've rescued 47 and had to make the decision a few times. If there is no quality of life and each day is a struggle it's time to let go. I usually keep them going longer than I should as I hate to make the decision. Our avatar Nikki was 10, deaf, blind but still did alright. When she started losing weight, we took her to the vet--blind, deaf, heart murmur,bladder stones and was really losing weight--it was time, but I was a wreck for a week after. You both are in our prayers.
What a big heart you have to rescue so many!!!!!
 

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Patchoulili, please do not think I am inferring anything about your choices or trying to be unsympathetic with the horrible situation you're in. The following is said based on situations I've been in as well as have seen friends and family in.

It's incredible that you are doing everything you can for Patchouli. From the bottom of my heart I hope something from the advice offered above works. At some point it's possible the decision you are asking about may be needed to be made. Again, I'm not inferring anything here, just keep Patchouli's existence or quality of life 100% of your decision. Don't be selfish and factor you into that decision. I've made that mistake as have friends and family. It's not fair to the animal.

I cannot state how much I am not trying to be harsh or uncaring with that.

Do everything you can and are willing to do to improve Patchouli's life. If the decision needs to be made, do right by him.
 

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Hello everyone.
Thank you very much for all your kind comments and thank you for your very gentle approaches on the matter.
Sadly, my baby has passed away this morning. He fell into a coma and had severe spasms. I brought him to the vet to euthanize him but passed away on the table.
Currently, my heart is wrecked and I'm torn apart at the loss of my baby. I still remember him licking me to ask for hugs and him falling asleep on my chest while I have gently patting his head. Him running after treats in spite of his disability. He was a very loveable and affectionate bunny, I couldn't have dreamt for a better baby than him. He spent his entire life with disabled hind legs, he could run but couldn't jump or stand on his hind legs, but I did my best to make him as happy as possible. I lived my entire life with animals but I never had such a deep bond than with my bunny, that's why he was my first rabbit and will be my last one. I can confidently assert that he loved me, but he will never know how much I loved him.
Thank you so much everyone! It's hard expressing my pain in real life, but getting some of it out in here somewhat helps.
I hope tonight I will get to see Patchouli one last time in my slumber to tell him goodbye and that his mommy loved him so dearly.
I've never been a religious person but I hope he will get his happily ever after in the afterlife.
Thank you everyone.
 

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Keep him in your heart and know that you were the beat bun mom. You love him and gave him the beat most loving life possible. You will never forget him and your bond. Losing a fur baby is never easy.
So sorry for your loss. But what a lucky bun and mom to have shared your life with.
 

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Hello everyone.
Thank you very much for all your kind comments and thank you for your very gentle approaches on the matter.
Sadly, my baby has passed away this morning. He fell into a coma and had severe spasms. I brought him to the vet to euthanize him but passed away on the table.
Currently, my heart is wrecked and I'm torn apart at the loss of my baby. I still remember him licking me to ask for hugs and him falling asleep on my chest while I have gently patting his head. Him running after treats in spite of his disability. He was a very loveable and affectionate bunny, I couldn't have dreamt for a better baby than him. He spent his entire life with disabled hind legs, he could run but couldn't jump or stand on his hind legs, but I did my best to make him as happy as possible. I lived my entire life with animals but I never had such a deep bond than with my bunny, that's why he was my first rabbit and will be my last one. I can confidently assert that he loved me, but he will never know how much I loved him.
Thank you so much everyone! It's hard expressing my pain in real life, but getting some of it out in here somewhat helps.
I hope tonight I will get to see Patchouli one last time in my slumber to tell him goodbye and that his mommy loved him so dearly.
I've never been a religious person but I hope he will get his happily ever after in the afterlife.
Thank you everyone.
I’m so sorry for your loss. He had the best life with you and I’m sure he knew how much you loved him. 💛😞
 

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Hello everyone.
Thank you very much for all your kind comments and thank you for your very gentle approaches on the matter.
Sadly, my baby has passed away this morning. He fell into a coma and had severe spasms. I brought him to the vet to euthanize him but passed away on the table.
Currently, my heart is wrecked and I'm torn apart at the loss of my baby. I still remember him licking me to ask for hugs and him falling asleep on my chest while I have gently patting his head. Him running after treats in spite of his disability. He was a very loveable and affectionate bunny, I couldn't have dreamt for a better baby than him. He spent his entire life with disabled hind legs, he could run but couldn't jump or stand on his hind legs, but I did my best to make him as happy as possible. I lived my entire life with animals but I never had such a deep bond than with my bunny, that's why he was my first rabbit and will be my last one. I can confidently assert that he loved me, but he will never know how much I loved him.
Thank you so much everyone! It's hard expressing my pain in real life, but getting some of it out in here somewhat helps.
I hope tonight I will get to see Patchouli one last time in my slumber to tell him goodbye and that his mommy loved him so dearly.
I've never been a religious person but I hope he will get his happily ever after in the afterlife.
Thank you everyone.
Very beautiful what you wrote. I am just so so sorry. Big hugs!!!!
 

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