1) the ear abcess
2) possible neurological damage due to e. cuniculi infection (this is the thing that Ash has but I really thought Joop had escaped this). Symptoms are head tilt, stuff picked up by x-ray and apparently he ran into a cupboard, (though actually I think this may have been panic in an unfamiliar environment as he can get around his own house and run well enough).
X rays were taken and we are now waiting on the results of a battery of tests (total cost: £445, ouch, though not as ouch as it will be if he needs to have the abcess operated on).
In the meanwhile, I have just administered:
- panacur by mouth (against e.cuniculi)
- metacam (pain relief)
- antibiotic by mouth (baytril)
- washed out ear with cleaning stuff, remove revolting pus, lovely.
- antibiotic by ear (genticin)
- something called zantac, which is something to do with digestion as apparently his stomach seemed a bit swollen
I think most of it went inside the rabbit, though some of it is smeared over both of us...
Joop now thinks I am very mean and scary.
Conclusion: anyone out there thinks rabbits are cheap simple pets for kids: think again!
In more optimistic news, Ash bunny is looking loads better and although she is still underweight, she is eating like a little piggy and her back legs are nearly normal. I think she will need to have a daily dose of Panacur for the rest of her life, but that is at least looking like it will be a good few years, with luck.