Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Update on Bo and Rabbit

It took another set of eyes to realize that Bo has a cold. I knew it but it didn't really dawn on me until yesterday. But it explains a lot. I was blaming it on Lightening but I think it's a cold. It's enough to get Bo off his feed, which is very unusual. So I called the vet first thing in the morning. I love our vet. They do what they can to help keep our vet costs down. How cool is that? Instead of running Bo in, they suggested to first put him on Uniprim for the next week. I have a feeling that it's a pretty severe cold and a week might not cut it. But it's a start and we'll see how he progresses.

We bought a bottle of Uniprim when Chaos stepped on a nail Christmas Eve (are you seeing the same trend I'm seeing?) I'm not sure if we'll have enough or if we'll have to go buy another jar. But for now, we'll start with what we have.

We could really use donations towards another jar of uniprim. It's something we need to keep on hand apparently. We'll go for months with nothing and then BAM, everyone needs to see the vet!

It's never a good sign when your vet says they'll have to research more about what's going on. At least not in my books anyway. Last fall our vet had come out (I didn't want to haul Rabbit lame). Her x-rays came back clean. There as nothing wrong with her foot. I had thought it was ringbone or laminitis or something. But the x-rays came back clean. The vet suggested a good trim. Our new farrier didn't think it was a trim issue. Her feet are flat but that's not what's causing the issue. In fact, there's no way for the farrier to even trim the one foot because Rabbit is in too much pain.

But I think we narrowed the problem down to her shoulder. The vet is thinking it's a muscle issue and the farrier mentioned something similar but didn't want to say that was the problem, not being a vet and all. Did I mention I love our new farrier!

When you touch Rabbit's whithers, she shakes like she'd rolled, gotten up, and was shaking off the dirt. That's with just a light touch on the whithers. I'm not holding out much hope though. Not in the vet finding out the problem, but in finding a solution that will keep Rabbit comfortable. It could be that we need to do daily walking and stretching as that has seemed to help. But it's so hard to ask her to walk when she's three legged lame. I may try tonight hand walking her and even possibly doing a stretch on that good front leg to see if even that would help a little.

I'm desperate to find a solution.

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