...she seemed to be off of her feed on Thursday night, and turned up her nose at breakfast on Friday morning. She was very lethargic and just wanted to lay in her litter box. She's been through this a few times before, sometimes with medical intervention, sometimes she bounced back on her own, so I let it go until Saturday morning and went to the vet. They tried sub-q fluids, force feeding, and some injectables, but it didn't look good. At that point the vet offered to take her home and continue care for the rest of the weekend, so we went to back to see her. As soon as they brought her out, I knew she wasn't going to make it. I opted to have her put to sleep, but she passed in our arms before that could be done. She would have been 11 years old next month. Please, please...when your bun refuses to eat, get them help as soon as possible. I honestly thought we had time for intervnetion, but I was wrong. I really feel like I let her down. She was my best friend in the world.
(PS I've never posted here before, but lurk all the time. These forums have been a great source of informatiion, thanks to everyone here.)
Update: Thanks to all for your replies and sympathies. I talked to the head Vet (her usual doc) to review her case, and he assured me that I didn't do anything wrong. He felt that it was more of a general organ failure due to old age than something like gut stasis. Something he told me was that rabbits aren't much like dogs and cats when it comes to aging. They usually turn quickly for the worse rather than a slow obvious aging process as seen in other animals (including us!). Not having seen any other senior buns I can't really comment on that, but that's what he said. Anyway, thanks again.