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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A End of life decisions.

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    • RetroSquid
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      Our bun, Daisy has been going through so much over the last month. I’ve made a handful of posts about her surgery and recovery so far, but haven’t posted for a couple of weeks.

       

      She had been doing amazingly well, but with the COVID restrictions at our vet, the appointments have felt very disconnected. Also, we haven’t been able to choose who we see, it’s just been a case of whomever has been available.

       

      The daily cleaning and antibiotics has been stressful, but she has been taking it like a champ until recently. The cleaning is clearly painful, she’s still producing pus and a vet we had never seen before decided to take her off the antibiotics on Tuesday. Since then, a massive swelling has developed under her eye, but her actual wound is now too closed up to be able to get any pus out of it. I went back to the vets for an emergency appointment yesterday and she has been put on another type of antibiotic.

       

      While cleaning her face this morning, we’ve managed to have a better look at her face, the remaining hole and just how swollen, red and tender this swelling over her cheek bone/below her eye actually is. It’s drastically bigger than yesterday, which was bigger than the day before.

       

      We all know that bunny pus is just too thick to drain on its own. And we said at the very, very start that we would try a surgical options once, but we will not put her through it multiple times.

      She’s an old, amazing, loving bun, but after everything we’ve been putting her through the last 4-5 weeks, she’s now afraid of us. Hides in the furthest corner where she knows we can’t reach and is just a shadow of who she was.

       

      I think it’s time. We think it’s time. While she still has some quality of life and enjoys a wee bit of banana and a tentative cuddle…

       

      We’ve found a semi local vet who is able to do at-home euthanasia and are thinking of booking them for tomorrow. I don’t want her taken to the scary vets for her last moments. I want her at home where she feels at least somewhat safe…


    • RetroSquid
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      Vet is coming at 5:30pm tomorrow…


    • DanaNM
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      I’m so sorry for the ordeal you’ve been through with her, and sorry things got worse again after they had started looking up. 🙁

      You know her best, and I think it’s a great option that someone can come to your home.

      (((Daisy)))

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    • Bam
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      I am so very sorry, RetroSquid. This is the hardest decision to make. You tried so hard and things looked so promising for a while.

      I had to make the same decision for my bun in June, I too had promised him that I wouldn’t put him through any more invasive procedures. I feel like he and I got 1.5 years extra together, but I always knew he was on borrowed time.

      I’m glad the vet can come to you. I wish more vets would offer that service.


    • RetroSquid
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      I can’t believe she’ll be joining Link and Navi in under 24 hours.

      Scheduling it feels wrong. Deep down, I know it’s the right decision. I know she won’t/can’t recover from this and he quality of life will diminish quickly.

      She’s been such an amazing companion.

      Had so much love to give.

      She would’ve been with us for 8 years in 4 weeks.


      • Bam
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        Its not wrong to plan it,  but I think I understand the feeling. (Noone can ever be in your exact circumstances),

        It is the hardest decision we have to make, and we all wish we’ll never have to make it. And yet, we are the parents, we are the responsible party. We took it upon is to to carry this little life for as long as we possibly could -and to let it go when time was up.

        Daisy knows what love is thanks to you. She will take this knowledge with her into the next life.

         


    • Wick & Fable
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      I know Link and Navi will enjoy her company. I hope you can hold both sadness and be at peace that while hard, this is the right decision. She has such an amazing owner supporting her across the rainbow bridge.

      The answers provided in this discussion are for general guideline purposes only. The information is not intended to diagnose or treat your pet. Seek the advice of your veterinarian or a qualified behaviorist.


    • LBJ10
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      I sorry to hear about Daisy. It really sounded like things were looking up for awhile. 🙁


    • RetroSquid
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      I keep getting little glimmers of hope…

      In the garden just now, she’s having a wash and somehow managed to burst the bigger section of the abscess. So just cleaning her up and all of the pus in the swelling below her eye has been drained before it could solidify.

      It just makes me think that we’re jumping in to this decision when actually there’s hope.

      But, deep down, I know this will never stop now. There’s pockets of pus below the skin, very close to her eye. They could end up in her mouth, behind her eye out anything…

      But it’s definitely made me question today’s decision…


    • Bam
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      Highly understandable. I would’ve felt the same way.


    • RetroSquid
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      She’s gone…

      I’m broken.


    • Bam
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      I’m so sorry. It is very hard. Daisy was extremely lucky to have such loving, caring owners. You left no stone unturned.

      Binky free, beautiful Daisy ❤


    • BZOO
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      Hugs to you and yours.

      It is our last gift to them.  Feel peace you could do it at home, where she was surrounded by love.


    • DanaNM
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      Hugs to you and your family. <3

      How nice that Daisy got to spend some time in the garden too. She’s no longer in pain now and you can remember her enjoying the sunshine and fresh grass.

      (((Binky free Daisy)))

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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A End of life decisions.