Sunday, February 17, 2008

Hugo had/has pneumonia....

Hey all

Its been a bit since I posted so I wanted to give you an update.

A week ago Friday night we had Hugo and Bungee out playing and we noticed that Hugo was making a raspy sound when he was breathing. Otherwise he seemed normal. The following day, Saturday, he was progressively worse. He was struggling to breath and not moving around much. He was tiltling his head upwards and rapidly inhaling short breaths. The rasping was louder.

We rushed him to the emergency vet Sat. night and he went into an oxygen chamber right away. We had his lungs x-rayed and they were 75% filled with fluid. They kept him overnight and started injecting antibiotics. The following day we took him home and started giving him baytril by mouth. That Sunday he was markedly better but still rasping.
Monday after work he was a lot better and begging for treats!

So for the past week, we have had him quarantined in the middle of the living room using our x-pens, a bath mat, and the bottom of a beer box cut out for a litter box. He loved the new angle - he could see down the hall, and especially into the kitchen, his favorite place:)

However all three bunz have had a rough week as their playtime diminished and we had to keep shoeing Bungee away from Hugo. Hugo and Mabel tried fighting through the bars so she had to be shut in a lot more. But the good news is that every day Hugo sounded better and has been back to his old mischievious self:)

And we changed his medicine (Baytril) to a grape-flavored compound of Baytril at the same concentration, so now Hugo willingly eats it himself, (when mixed with a few seed treats).

Yesterday we reintroduced "The Odd Couple" and after a bit of being a scaredy cat (Bungee) they both settled back into their old cage together. Hugo and Bungee spent the night together.

We will be continuing Hugo's meds for the next week or so to stave off the infection. Hopefully he is not contagious anymore, it has been a whole week and it didn't make sense to keep him quarantined any more. Hopefully everything can go back to normal now!

"Being sick sucks."


Garfy812 said...

What a lucky bun(or unlucky bun!), thank god hes ok. Lots of love to Hugo!!!

Garfy812 said...

Cant explain too much about Boo at the moment, the country and state that i am in dont allow rabbit, bunnys or hares as pets, a VERY big fine if they get caught and the pet gets put to sleep. Boo was a wild hare bought to me to be rehabilated, and i didnt want to pass him on to the 'correct people' as they would of put him to sleep. They are considered a pest here. So hence forth, I gained another child and lost my heart! He has been adopted out now so that he may live his life like he was meant too. Its really lucky i found the right place for him, i get updates etc, hes been seen with friends(other hares) hanging around where he is, but its not the same, hes been gone since Jan 1st and I am having a hard time getting over it. Showed my daughters your site last night, they could not get over how dirty hugos face could get whilst eating, was SO funny!!

bunnygirl said...

We're glad Hugo is on the mend!

Anonymous said...

whew - glad you caught it when you did and are taking awesome care of him. what a stressful time! glad he's healing and getting back to his old self - love to see some messy boy hugo face with grape baytril ;-)

Rabbits' Guy said...

Hugo .. welcome back. Sick sucks. You got some good caretakers there so I guess you can't send pictures of them to me as Disapproved-of Beans for my new book.


FrecklesandDeb said...

Hugo, We're so sorry you were sick! That's no fun at all. Glad you are on the mend keeping everyone on their toes!

dguzman said...

Oh dear, I've been away for a while and I come back to find Hugo down with sickness! Take care, little guy! Glad to hear your mum caught it in time.

Anonymous said...

so glad you're feeling better!!!

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Reese said...

I am so glad Hugo was able to make it in such condition. It is such a pain to see our pets so week isn't it? Sometimes when my bunnies are too sick I really keep them isolated in their rabbit hutches to get well fast.

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