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  • #1321074
    jerseygirl
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    Unfortunately Potamus has developed head tilt.
    I got her seen by the vet yesterday afternoon and she’s been started off on antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. This morning she has some slow horizontal eye movement also. I’m only able to see it in one eye, the other is harder to see as she is tilted. I have panacur too and vet ok’d me to give if things worsen. I do want give just the 2 current meds first and not over load her system.

    She’s six years old now. I think it was last year she developed some nystagmus but it resolved quickly. She’s only eaten dried willow so I’m getting worried not enough food going into her. Hopefully this turns around soon and her appetite picks up. Force feeding is the worst.


    #1884046
    Q8bunny
    Participant

    Do you have Critical Care on hand in case you need to syringe feed? Or will you just make a pellet mash?


    #1884054
    LBJ10
    Moderator

    Oh no, poor Potamus. Is she having vertigo? Or is her head just tilted a bit?


    #1884094
    jerseygirl
    Moderator

    No criticare but I have a friend not far away that has a bag if I need it. I also have ground pellets.
    She took some baby food syringed last night so hopefully that gets her energy up. She ate some carrot top and bit of grass but nowhere near what is like her to eat.
    She also had some hay cookie and there’s been some poops.

    LBJ, I think some vertigo as she’s stumbling a bit. Her nystagmus more pronounce now too. We don’t have Meclizine here so I picked up some polaramine (chlorpheniramine) in the hopes it will help with that.
    Im reading that cyclizine can be used. I think I can get that here.


    #1884135
    LittlePuffyTail
    Moderator

    So sorry to hear this. Hope she recovers quickly. ((((Healing Vibes))))))

    Agreed. Force feeding is the worse.


    #1884153
    LBJ10
    Moderator

    Aww, well hopefully that will help any vertigo she may be experiencing.


    #1884171
    jerseygirl
    Moderator

    I think the angle of her head is looking better. It’s day 4 on meds now. She has the head rotation (about 30%) but she also had the angling of the head back toward the hind end. The yaw axis or whatever its called! Both have improved some.  They eye movement is gone also  *Touch wood*


    #1884173
    LittlePuffyTail
    Moderator

    (((((More Healing Vibes for Potamus))))))


    #1884182
    Asriel and Bombur
    Participant

    Sending her all the vibes from out bun family <3


    #1884195
    Q8bunny
    Participant

    ?


    #1884211
    sarahthegemini
    Participant

    I had missed this thread completely!

    I’m glad you’re seeing some improvements I’m sure you already know but there are some leaves that are supposed to stimulate the appetite (I think plantain might be one?) I don’t know how effective they would be in reality but might be worth a try?


    #1884529
    jerseygirl
    Moderator

     Thank you everyone. She seems stable.. still tilted but her brain has adjusted I suspect. 

    I actually salvaged quite a bit of ribwort plantain on the weekend before slashing the overgrown yard. Unfortunately, Potamus is fussy about most greens. The others have been enjoying them.

    She’s eating a little parsley and some lettuce. Small amounts. She ate some pellets for the 1st time yesterday so that’s always a good sign. Again, only a tiny amount. She’s eating some finer strands of hay. Dried willow is still being favoured, but not fresh willow. 

     Her poos are really small and hard but at least there is something going in and something coming out.


    #1884549
    Q8bunny
    Participant

    In ‘n out, in ‘n out… ❤️❤️❤️


    #1884556
    LittlePuffyTail
    Moderator

    (((((More Love and Healing Vibes for Potamus))))) Stay strong and get better soon!


    #1884574
    Nutmeg
    Participant

    Oh no! Sending healing vibes <<<>> way!!


    #1884596
    jerseygirl
    Moderator

    I had drawn up Thursday’s dose of meloxicam but discovered next day Id forgotten to give it.  However, I’d noticed her appetite seemed a better. So I skipped yesterday’s dose also (she only had the baytril) and she seemed brighter. Im thinking I’ll reduce dose if she needs stay on it.


    #1884620
    Q8bunny
    Participant

    That’s such a cute photo of Potamus. She looks like she’s giving you a cheeky wink. Glad she’s perked up. I know meds are necessary, but they sure can take a toll on one’s system… xo


    #1884659
    LBJ10
    Moderator

    Aww, she is so adorable! The tilt isn’t too bad and it looks like no facial paralysis, so that’s good. I’m glad she seems a bit brighter now.


    #1884665
    jerseygirl
    Moderator

    Yeah. The photo was from day 1 or 2. Her tilt doesn’t look too bad still though.

    The desire to eat pellets is there but she doesn’t stay at it long.

    She seems have some positional vertigo or something now. When I go to give meds, she’s goes onto her side and her head tucks right in and then turns almost upside down. It’s worrying to witness. I see some nystagmus again during this.

    However, she does get upright again, able to hop around after. (With Maple, she was fully unable to stand and went into frequent rolling episodes).

    I think I’ll have keep up the metacam & bring panacur I’m also. Ugh.

    Silver lining, she’s eating.


    #1884707
    LittlePuffyTail
    Moderator

    She’s so cute. Poor little bub. It’s so hard seeing a bun have nystagmus and dizziness.

    (((((Potamus))))))


    #1884744
    kurottabun
    Participant

    Aw that picture of her is too cute xx

    Sending some vibes over for little Potamus!


    #1886512
    jerseygirl
    Moderator

    Ive neglected to update about Miss Mooshy.
    We are on day 28 panacur now so I’ll be able to stop that soon. Hooray!! She still goes funny if I pick her up to medicate so Ive mainly stuck with keeping all 4 paws on the floor and holding her head to get the stuff in. Gooseman has been on it also.

    She’s still tilted but hops around as the same speed as she did pre-tilt. She’s also eating well and producing tons of poops. Just hardly doing any in the litterbox. She’s also favouring peeing on the floor. 

    She was one for doing this before anyway although not nearly as frequently. Im hoping she’ll get back to better habits in time. She has NO problem getting in the litterbox, btw….

    She’s looking leaner and a bit scruffy. She was moulting and not able to groom as effectively. Her eyes seem good. Her up facing eye got a bit weepy and she has small amount of fur loss nearby as it was continually wet. It seems to have improved again. The down facing eye appears healthy, not leaking. Not drying out or irritated.

    So I suppose now I wait to see if there is further improvement once the panacur stops. From memory, that can happen. If there is relapse, I think im looking at xray in case something is affecting the inner ear after all.


    #1886524
    Gina.Jenny
    Participant

    (((Potamus)))

    Podge made a full recovery from his head tilt, he sends heartfelt healing vibes that Potamus does too x


    #1886536
    LBJ10
    Moderator

    She doesn’t look too bad Jersey. I’m glad to hear she is doing well and the tilt isn’t affecting her too much.


    #1886542

    Awww, even though she’s sick she looks too adorable! Get well soon little cutie


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