Saturday, April 12, 2008


I've been more dedicated to my bunnies lately than this blog. But here is a quick update.
Hugo's rasping became chronic. We have been to the emergency vet 5 x since Feb. I took him to a regular vet twice for another opinion. Between all the trips to the vet, he's been on and off various antibiotics, had a shot of steriods, was tried on penicillin....despite our efforts, he almost died from respitory distress several times.
A couple of Sunday nights ago we ended up rushing him in to the emerg room again to get his oxygen therapy, and they took more xrays. Suspected lung cancer. We took him to a place an hour away from us, Tufts animal hospital in Grafton, MA. (We both called into work as we thought we were going to lose him after the worst episode occured that morning).
They took xrays. CTs. A biopsy. He was there two nights with improvement.
Whenever he is away from us, he seems to get better. However, the vets suspected cancer as there is a mass taking up 40% of one of his lungs.
We took him home a week ago Wed, thinking the worst. However, Hugo's breathing had been normal as he spent a few days away.
Thursday we got the result of the biopsy. No cancer. No infection. Simply inflammation.
That was great news. The vet was baffled; she had never seen this outcome before. But she was happy.
So for the last week we have been giving Hugo an anti-inflam orally once a day. Knock on wood - no more rasping. He was a bit tramatized the first day back, but now he is back to his happy bouncy piggy self.
It has been a long tough road for me and Mike, but especially Hugo. I hope we are out of the woods. Today we are getting the living room carpet replaced, as we suspect that there was something irriating his lungs. However if we have to give him his anti-inflam meds for the rest of his life, that is something we will do. He is a fighter, and he wants to live. I don't think any of our other bunnies would have survived all of the trips in the car and meds and poking and needles and anesthesia.
I will post pics soon. He has a big shaved spot on his side from where they took the biopsy and the fronts of both paws are shaved, and it looks kind of poodle-ish.

For now, Mabel and I are hanging out in the computer room, as we cleared out the entire living room last night. She is staring at me as I type, I'm sure thinking mommy is a big computer dork.

Will update again soon. Thanks for everyone's patience