I shared this with eThump but I thought you would also appreciate knowing
I received some sad news about Mark on Thursday when a friend drove me to
the vet in Sherwood Park. She said that my fur sir has a jaw infection that
has gone into the bone. Worse yet, the only dental vet in Edmonton isn't
accreditated for animal dentistry. If I did have antibiotic beads implanted
in Mark's jaw, he would only live a little longer. He's losing weight and
there's also that growth on his lungs. The vet said rabbits with jaw
infections have an 80% mortality rate.
Sooner or later, I'll have to make that horrid decision to end Mark's
suffering. If he stops eating and keeps losing weight, I'll have to do
something that no bunny person wants to do. I love little Mark but the
kindest thing is to keep his pain in check with Chloramphenicol and Metacam
until he no longer enjoys being alive.
Poor Mark also tore one of his nails on his back right foot. I don't know
how that happened but my driver did go over some rough roads. The weather
was also bad. Snow and freezing rain made roads treacherous. Traffic was a
problem too since quite a few drivers weren't observing winter driving
I wasn't the only one who was happy to be home on Thursday evening. When
Mark hopped out of his carrier, he ran around his pen. He looked so glad to
be out of the carrier and back in his familiar place.
Mark seems perky and he's eating well at the moment. He eats his pellet mash
and pumpkin as if it's the last he'll get. I've been putting the Metacam and
Chloramphenicol in his food so that avoids syringing and all the struggle
that involves. He's also pooping well. I've noticed that he isn't drinking
so much water but that could be because of the pumpkin and pellet mash.
Whatever it is, I make sure he has a fresh bowl of water each day.
Whatever happens, I'm taking things day by day. If things turn for the
worst, I'll let you know about it.
Bruce Atchison - author of How I Was Razed: A Journey from Cultism to
Christianity, available through www.store.virtualbookworm.com as well as
Amazon and Barns & Noble.