For those that do not follow Bunny Eats Design on Facebook, here is an update on our heart-wrenching week.
On Monday, we took Tofu to the vet. He stayed a few days while they ran tests. X-rays showed a marble-sized bladder stone which must be removed via surgery. The stone would be causing him pain and must be removed as soon as possible.
Because he also has a bladder infection, the infection must be cleared before they can operate. As you can imagine, infections and surgery are not friends.
While Tofu has always been a little overweight, he has lost 200 grams since the last time he was weight. For a rabbit, that’s quite a large weight loss.
The vet was also concerned about one of his eyes. While Tofu already has cataracts in both eyes and cannot see, he may be developing glaucoma in his left eye. If this happens, the eye must be removed. This will be further costs further down the track.
The tests, x-rays, surgery, meds and post-op will cost least $2000NZ. That’s a lot of money for a 6 year old rabbit. What is the right decision? We tried to weigh up the pros and cons. Are we being crazy bunny owners? Are we prolonging suffering? Which is the kinder option? What would Tofu want? I frantically emailed my question to another bunny owner/food blogger, Cass from Food my Friend…
…Then to Facebook.
One reader posed two questions to me: “A: Can it be fixed? and B: Are they in pain?”
Another reader said “The decision that would give Tofu a better life is the right one. No bunny should suffer.”
The support was overwhelming though the responses were mixed. In the end it seemed that whatever we weighed up would be the right decision for us. If you have the welfare of your pet in your heart, then whichever decision you make is the right one.
So on Wednesday afternoon, through heavy hearts, tears and difficult conversation, we made the decision to put Tofu to sleep. The Koala quickly called the vet (I couldn’t talk through tears) and asked if we could bring him home immediately to say goodbye and schedule euthanasia for Saturday. We couldn’t leave him out there on death row. We wanted a few good days of bunny cuddles before rainbow bridge.
We cried all the way to the vet. When we got there, the vet team explained his condition, the surgery, advised of his medication and showed us his X-rays. They treated the situation like one that was easily fixed. We paid for the tests and took Tofu home. There were two other bunnies in the waiting room that day and more the day we dropped him off. These people are experts on rabbits.
When we got home, Tofu seemed fine. He had an appetite and he was happy to be snuggled. He said we were overreacting. He still strained to pee but he thought that his extra strong pain meds were the bees knees.
After observing him, thinking on the vet’s treatment plan and more tears, we decided in favour of surgery. We had to at least try. Tofu wasn’t ready for rainbow bridge yet. A bladder stone is not a death sentence. The decision to treat Tofu was a huge weight lifted.
So Tofu lives on!
Surgery is booked for tomorrow. It is such a relief making this decision but we had to at least try. If he gets another stone in 6 months, maybe we will make the hard decision. If he gets another stone in a year? Maybe we will try again.
Thank you for all the support that we have received. Tofu is beloved to us but it seems also to others.
xx Genie, The Koala and Tofu the bunny.
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