Please bear in mind as you read this that we are just short of the 4th
anniversary of Zamboni's joining my family. This means that he is at
least 5 years old, and I expect that he is actually quite a bit older.
This bout of stasis is different from the usual. He does not have a
blockage in the usual spot. This is good in that my surgery-loving
vet isn't tempted to go in and try to fix things, but bad in that I
don't really know what is going on.
I suspect, because Tika also had a couple of bad days earlier this
week, that there must have been something in the veggies on Monday
night that I missed. I think Tika has been sick but once in the 5
years that she has been with me. She's just hunky-dory now, but then
she has a MUCH stronger constitution than my dear Big Z.
Anyway, I suppose with Zamboni that if this isn't the usual, then I
can't expect recovery in the usual time frame... I stocked up on
cisapride and sub-cu fluids while at the vet's today, plus I have an
excellent supply of metocopramide. I'm working on getting some
simethicone specially compounded in a decent flavour -- probably
alfalfa flavor, but if that's too expensive, then I might go for
banana-cream. We'll continue with our thrice daily doses of meds and
once daily sub-cu fluids until something happens. I expect that I
will be instructed to force feed as well if we don't see action soon.
Anyway, something that is really bothering me is that Zamboni has been
getting thinner. Much to my surprise, he has NOT lost weight. He is
actually HEAVIER than the last time we were in. Dr. Linda reckons
that he is losing muscle mass. This is odd, because except for during
these bouts of stasis, he is a very active bunny with a good appetite.
We speculated that this might be due to ageing.
(Actually, I've noticed the same with Tika, too. No weight loss, but
I think she's thinner.)
I'm wondering if it's time either to change their diets or to add
supplements of some sort, such as spirulina. Anybody out there have
Tibs, btw, is just the shape I like a bunny to be.
Anyway, what I'm wondering is if I want my bunnies to add mass but not
weight, what does one do? I don't think that taking them to the gym
with me will help them! (Though it sure is helping me!!!)
I'd better get going. Please keep those poop vibes coming. Both my
vet and I are very worried about my Big Boy.
Michele, Tibs, Tika, Zamboni, Todd, Maxi, and Mandi