All posts tagged: surgery

Tofu Tuesday: Lumps in the night

It’s been 4 weeks since Tofu’s surgery to remove two large lumps. Last week, Tofu was eating a little on his own, but still had to be force fed and he seemed like he was in pain. Last Thursday, he had another vet visit to see how he was going. The vet found edemas – lumps of fluid that collect around the body – in this case, it was protein related. There were edemas around his belly and his rump and vet could also feel a lump inside his belly. We were heartbroken. It was way too soon for Tofu to be growing new lumps and we felt that he couldn’t go through another surgery so soon. The Koala and I were scheduled to leave town the next morning so we left Tofu in at the vets while they started him on medication, praying that we wouldn’t have to make any big decisions while we were out of town. We tried not to think too much about it while we were away. Like Shrodinger’s rabbit it was best …

Tofu Tuesday: 10 tips for looking after a blind rabbit

Uh oh, another surgery So…last week, Tofu’s corneal ulcer went from completely healed to a brand new corneal ulcer followed by a very bad infection. A corneal ulcer is just a fancy word for a scratch on the surface of the eye. With a blind eye that is constantly open, it is prone to things poking in there and scratching the surface which can quickly lead to infection. By quickly, I mean quickly! On Thursday it was decided by the vet he must have his eye removed (enucleation).

Tofu Tuesday: The grass beneath his paws

Thank you for your wishes, Tofu is doing as well after surgery. Today was his final dose of pain meds though he still has another week of antibiotics to go. For the first 2 days after surgery, Tofu stayed in his area of the house, dozing and eating, eating and dozing. He wasn’t eating a lot at the start but his appetite gets stronger each day. Over the last couple of days he did a few extra things that showed he was starting to feel better: He started hanging out in the lounge with us again He jumped up onto the couch for snuggles He enjoyed some time in the backyard He came into the kitchen (at the other end of the house) to beg for treats Tofu hates medicine time and gets feisty as hell but forgives us soon after. The Koala and I are just glad we don’t have to do any more injections. The medicine was thick so the needle was fat. I realised I have had heaps of needles in me, but never poked a needle into …

Tofu Tuesday: Towel bedding

It has been 1 week since Tofu’s surgery to remove a bladder stone. Tofu has 7 stitches in his belly and until he is healed, he has lots of towels instead of hay. We’re also keeping him inside for now to limit his movement and chances of anything poking into his tender belly. It is a little extra laundry but no biggie. Tofu is getting plenty of snuggles and is eating well. He is currently on 3 meds a day: Deprim – antibiotic Metacam – pain and inflammation Temgesic – a strong opioid  for pain relief Tofu says thank you to all your well wishes.  

Tofu update: post surgery

On Tuesday, Tofu the bunny had surgery to remove a large bladder stone and yesterday the vet gave him the all clear to come home. Tofu wasn’t eating at the vet’s but if he was feeling depressed, going home might be good for him. If he didn’t eat during the night he would have to go back to the vet today. At first we kept him in his indoor hutch to restrict movement so he didn’t injure or bother his stitches but he had other ideas. He was stressed about being locked up and frantically looked for the way out, so we freed him. After inspecting his area a couple of times (to make sure it was just how he left it), he proceeded to spend most of the evening eating. He needed a little bit of encouragement but last night he ate: 1 grape 1 large bok choy 2 coriander plants 1/4 cup of pellets a few bits of hay Not bad for a rabbit who wasn’t eating! He wasn’t eating much this morning …

Familiar food at Phil’s and Top 10 foods to eat after dental surgery

Even the most adventurous eater yearns for the food of home. Here are our experiences in Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. At Phil’s Diner, we found a hearty breakfast, soft food for after dental surgery and recovery food for the days following. There is a nice outdoor area out the back though they were never busy when we visited. Dinner sized portions of mash and gravy aren’t on the menu anywhere, but when I saw that bangers and mash were at Phil’s Diner, I begged Phil to whip up some. Phil especially prepared a dinner-sized portion of mashed potatoes and gravy for the post-surgery Koala. Phil’s Diner is not gourmet, it’s decent, familiar food. We loved local food but sometimes exotic local food can get too much and you yearn for the food back home. Comfort food can be particularly important after surgery. Our first breakfast in Chiang Mai was eaten at Phil’s Diner. I loved the look of my Shakshouka eggs (quite similar to my beloved Bus-Stop Eggs) and The Koala was pretty chuffed about his breakfast grill. …