Monday, January 26, 2009

Niblet update

FINALLY UPDATED! But not with pics from the vet--I was too busy being worried about my little Son, Moon, and Stars ™ to take pics there. But here he is the day after, running around like nothing had happened.


My prediction of an abscess (finally looked up how to spell that; I knew I had it wrong but was just too lazy to check) was correct. My baby boy and I made it to the vet on Friday, and Dr. Sayre confirmed it.

Niblet was so good and so brave throughout the exam and procedure. First, Dr. Sayre used a flea comb to pull some of the scab-crusted fur out. Niblet didn't even flinch! Then she examined the area and got a little sample of the fluid that was seeping out of the lump for microscopic examination: bacteria.

So she put a numbing gel on the area, then gave him a shot of novacaine. She then took him in the back after he'd numbed up and lanced the lump. She said she cleaned it all out. He had two tiny (1/8") incisions, and the lump was gone.

Little Nibble and I came home, and I have to dose him with antibiotics twice a day for ten days, and a pain med once a day for five days. Both are liquid, and I have to do a Steve Irwin-style jump onto Niblet so I can hold him between my knees/thighs and put a little needle-less syringe into his mouth and squirt in the meds. He doesn't much like it, of course --- but I do reward him with a baby carrot or a dried banana chip, which he does like.
You can kinda see some of the medicine stuff she put on there in this photo. By this point, he'd done a little comb-over action and you couldn't even see his bald spot.
He's still just as bouncy and energetic as before, for which I'm thankful. He's just such a brave little man-bunny. He should make a full recovery soon.

Thanks for all your good wishes for him!

15 comments:

dAwN said...

So happy your little nibblet is on the mend.

KGMom said...

It is so tough when our beloved critters get sick. I wish I could just say--now, this may hurt a bit, but it will keep you from hurting a whole lot.
Big brave Niblet--here's to quick healing.

Lynne said...

I'm glad Nibblet is on the mend. Giving meds to a bunny is a trick. Our Buddy fights like a mad-bunn!

bruss1510 said...

I'm happy to hear that Niblet is better!

Beth

bunnygirl said...

Get better soon, Niblet!

NCmountainwoman said...

So glad to hear Niblet is one the mend. It's so hard on us when our pets are sick.

Kallen305 said...

I am so happy to hear that Niblet is okay. I too have giving anti biotics to my pets. It is exhausing!

KatDoc said...

Yeah for Niblet (and Niblet's vet)! Glad to hear all is well. Have fun giving the meds [insert evil laugh here]

~KatDoc

Lisa said...

I'm so glad that Niblet is going to be fine. The visual of you trying to administer that medicine reminds me of the cats in pillowcases. That's what we had to do to give them antibiotics. A real hoot to watch. Not so funny to do.

FranIAm said...

My Niblet my love!

I am so glad he is on the mend, poor baby.

Booboo is on meds - he fights and scratches. It ain't pretty.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Oh Boy .. all those mouth-shots ... I know what you have to do .. been there too! Interesting how everybody finds a different way!

Good luck Nibbers!!!!

Earl Cootie said...

Hurray for Niblet! I remember that between the knees medicine trick from my catful days. Fun, fun, fun.

Mary said...

I got a mental picture of your Steve Irwin leap.

Matty Boy said...

dguzman, bunneh hunter!

Best to the nibbles. I hope to meet him when yu get out to NorCal.

Bj said...

So glad to hear your good news! I had worried bout him. Keep his back nails short.