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Post by Sparky on Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:48 am

She woke me up at 4.20am with a rhythmic thump-thump-thump. I thought she was under the bed playing with a slipper. I said 'Sparky!' in a stern tone of voice and it stopped... for a few seconds, so I got up to sort her out.

She wasn't under the bed, she was at the foot of the bed, circling and disorientated with her head weaving about Sad The thumps were her inside back leg because she was dragging it rather than picking it up properly.

I picked her up, realised I couldn't do a lot with her while I was in the nuddy Embarassed and popped her on the bed while I got a dressing gown on. Where she promptly did the hugest widdle ever Rolling Eyes I woke her Hudad and took her downstairs. As she sat in my arms her head was still weaving a little for a minute or two but that soon calmed down. We tried to give her some Panacur but she is so headshy she wanted nothing to do with it, so we injected it into a mini shredded wheat and popped her in a carrier with it. By this time she seemed fairly normal again, sitting upright, having a bit of a wash and eventually eating her Panacur / mini shredded wheat.

When she seemed 'normal' again I popped her back upstairs, went back to bed and lay and worried about her for a couple of hours Rolling Eyes 

I'm going to get her into the vet later and book a double appointment so we can thoroughly explore what we need to do to try to get a diagnosis and some possible treatment.

She's such a special little tinker and I am ever so worried about her. Lots of Hopper vibes would be very welcome Smile


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Post by NickieM on Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:25 am

Oh I wish they could get to the bottom of this for you. Sending lots of hugs to you and vibes for her. Hugs Hugs Hugs 


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Post by KatieB on Tue Aug 13, 2013 8:55 am

Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear she is poorly.

Ill be thinking about you today and sending millions of vibes for my favourite little lady x



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Post by cheryl'n'bruce'flo on Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:04 am

My heart sank when I read the title of this thread.

This must be neurological in origin. I know I have read on medirabbit that diazepam and/or anti-epileptics can be useful in rabbit seizures I wonder if they would be worth considering. I guess it is a case of getting to the bottom of what is going on.

But loads of vibes for Sparky and for the very worried Humum and Hudad. Hugs 


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Post by Thumper2001 on Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:16 am

My heart also sank Sad

Fingers crossed for answers and something to make her better.

Keep us posted Hugs
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Post by Sparky on Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:22 am

We've been to the vets. Eyes, ears, nose, chest, temperature, gut sounds all normal. The little porker weighs 2.2kg (she's not really porky at all but at least she has a little weight in reserve should she need it). There was no way the vet was getting a look at her teeth Rolling Eyes but then no real reason for concern there either - she is eating and pooping fine.

We let her run around the room and you could tell she was listing a *tiny* bit to one side. When the vet was rotating her head she objected to it being turned to the left past a certain point but not to the right.

An X-ray is unlikely to show anything clearly enough for a firm diagnosis, the best option would be a full CT scan but I don't know where this could be done so it could be a fair journey. And around £1000 Shocked and it's likely that anything it showed could not be cured, although it might help decide on a symptom-management strategy.

For now she's on a 28-day course of Panacur just in case. She's had an injection of an anti-inflammatory - colvasone - which apparently would be more effective in the head area than Metacam. It's just a case of seeing how she does over the next couple of days, trying to decide if the anti-inflammatory seems to be beneficial and giving the Panacur a few days to start being effective, if it is an EC-related problem.

Honestly, if you had seen her in the vets you wouldn't think there had ever been a thing wrong with her. Ears up, eyes bright, head bobbing and wanting to explore everywhere No I got my own back by having her claws clipped Twisted Evil - best put that manicure appointment back again, Sparky Razz
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Post by Sparky on Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:22 am

Oh, and thanks peeps - I'm sure you all know how invaluable you all are at times like these Hugs 
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Post by Tuckerbunnies on Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:10 am

Oh God Sparky don't do this to me ! Crying or Very sad 

I'm sending all the Vibes I can muster that someone can get to the bottom of this for you and
come up with answers. One of our customers has just had a CT scan on their rabbit I will find out where it was
and how much it was but I think the nearest place to you would be the Small Teaching Hospital at Liverpool University
they do all sorts including CT scans

http://www.liv.ac.uk/sath/services/imaging/

Just found this place and it's in Wigan and they do CT scans http://www.northwestmricenter.co.uk/

Fingers and paws are all crossed for you here as you are such a special girl and mean so much to us xxxxxx

For Humum and Hudad Hugs Hugs Hugs Hugs Hugs Hugs Hugs Hugs

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Post by Amelia66 on Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:21 pm

Sending mega meag vibes for our special little lady. lets hope the panacur makes her better Hugs Hugs
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Post by BugsBunny on Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:39 pm

Oh no, so sorry to hear Sparky is not doing good. I really hope they find out what is wrong, I know she is such a special little girl. It is heartbreaking. Many mega vibes from us and Dougal.

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Post by fiver on Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:10 pm

oh no!
sending lots of vibes to sparky HugsHugs Hugs Hugs Hugs Hugs Hugs Hugs Hugs Hugs Hugs Hugs Hugs Hugs Hugs Hugs 

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Post by Tuckerbunnies on Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:55 pm

Our customers that had a CT scan on their bunny had it done at Croft Vets in Cramlington , but it's in Northumberland so may be to far for you but we could always help if you decided to go there.

They are highly recommended and the person they saw was specialist vet Reike Hettrick at Crofts but she said it was about £1,000 the scan Sad 

http://www.croftvets.co.uk/branches/a-e-hospital

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Post by JoeyBunsMum on Tue Aug 13, 2013 2:39 pm

Oh no Sad Sending lots of vibes for the precious Sparkles Hugs 

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Post by Sparky on Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:24 pm

Thanks for all the vibes peeps, she has seemed fine all day. In danger of overdosing on banana chips until I told her Hudad not to take any notice of the big, sad eyes, but otherwise fine.

Thanks for the info Maysie, there are a couple of options in Lancashire and about £1000 seems to be the going rate for CT or MRI - we're not going down that route just yet though.


I've looked up the anti-inflammatory she was given and am a bit concerned that it is a steroid and could suppress her immune system further Hmmm I'd want a much more detailed chat with the vet about it before I allowed her to have another...
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Post by jolovesbunnies on Tue Aug 13, 2013 5:26 pm

Poor little Sparky, I do hope she gets better soon. Lots of loving vibes are on their way.

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Post by Yorkshire Debs on Tue Aug 13, 2013 6:31 pm

Big hugs to Sparky Hugs
I hope things improve soon...sending loads of get well vibes!!
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Post by KatieB on Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:50 pm

Glad to year she as perked up bless her. Such a worry though... I think you will find yourselves sparky watching over the next few days.

Sending you all lots of love, I know how stressful having a bunny so poorly can be- and not knowing the cause is so horrible. Xxxx


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Post by Tuckerbunnies on Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:08 pm

Glad she seems better in herself I have been thinking of her all day

Top up of the old magic vibes for her xxxxxx

and for you both Hugs Hugs Hugs Hugs 

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Post by BellaPickleFlopsyLily on Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:27 pm

I'm sorry I missed this, Just wanted to send a load of vibes for Sparky Hugs
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Post by gentl on Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:58 pm

Oh, no!  Sparky precious Love , you must get well!  Sending all the vibes I can for you to get better!  Saying prayers too.  You MUST get better.  The sooner the better.  

Just yesterday I was showing Rory your pictures on Facebook.  My computer has died so I was using the tablet.  He looked and looked at the pictures.  Then the one that was the whole picture made him get up and look behind the tablet trying to find you.

I was able to compare the two of you closer and you have much longer ears than he.  I hadn't noticed that before.  His ears are very short.

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OH, beautiful Sparky, please get well!  Take your medicines like your humum and hudad tell you too.  Good job on the banananana chip ploy.  I use it to get more fenugreek crunchies!  Remember, all buns look up to you.  You are an icon for the modern pampered house rabbit.  And I we all love you!  
Love, Rory

Many Hugs to Sparky's Humum and Hudad.
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Post by jolovesbunnies on Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:39 pm

How is she today hun?

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Post by Sparky on Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:48 pm

She seems to be normal (well, Sparky-normal Wink ) although she was a *tiny* bit wobbly on her feet at treatie time last night. I think that might have been all to do with the timing though Suspect
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Post by gentl on Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:00 pm

Vibe top up for the incredible HRH Princess Sparky! Love 
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Post by Sparky on Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:21 pm

gentl wrote:Vibe top up for the incredible HRH Princess Sparky! Love 
I'm not a ship Laughing Wink 
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Post by cheryl'n'bruce'flo on Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:29 pm

You'd be HMS if you were a ship. HRH stands for Hoity Rude Hopper.


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