I’ve said this many times before in several places throughout my website, but you bunny parent are your buns best defense to ward off sickness, infection and poor health. Once again I am proven right. Read on.
So I took Dino and Lucy for their regular checkup about a month ago and I said to my vet, well Dino hasn’t been himself. He is lazier than normal (he is a lop and lops tend to sleep a lot from what I understand) and he is aging (aren’t we all). So lets check his eyes closely because he does suffer from E.Cuniculi (a bunny disease) that can affect his eyes. He has had previous eye issues and has been treated by an animal eye doctor. So sure even the vet found an ulcer in each eye so she recommended we take him to the animal eye vet again to be checked out. I also requested that we do an E.Cuniculi test to see where Dino’s numbers were and if he needed to be on any meds for it as EC can cause eye problems. So she did the blood draw and we would need to wait 3 – 5 days for results.
So off to the animal eye doctor (Animal Eye Consultants) we go. The head doctor does a lot of numbing drops and tests and confirms that indeed Dino has 2 ulcers, one in each eye but only the left eye ulcer is active and growing. Hmm that sounded promising I thought. So she suggested that they do a procedure to remove the ulcer — sit down if you aren’t already. The procedure was called Diamond Burr Debridement. Even the name makes you a little afraid. Essentially she took what looked like a dremel tool with a weird looking disc on it and whittled away at his eye until the ulcer was gone. WHAT you are thinking WHAT! Yeah I know I hid my head behind a magazine in the room because I could not watch (I am bad with medical stuff and blood). The sound was terrifying enough, I thought I was going to cry but I reassured myself these folks were experts at this and I needed to just trust what they told me needed to be done. I was petrified at what was happening to my little son Dino and the sound was awful of that little whirrrrring dremel. But my husband who watched the procedure closely said Dino had no idea what was going on. Now that the ulcer was removed, it would need to heal. We took him home with a pain killer liquid to be administered by syringe into his mouth, an eye drop and an eye ointment and instructions to wash around his eye twice daily with diluted soapy (super diluted dish soapy) water. More on administering these drugs on another post soon.
For the record these were the drugs – 0.3% Gentamicin Ophthalmic Solution (eye drop), Artificial Tear Ophthalmic Ointment, and Meloxicam (also called Metacam) for pain
His EC test came back negative – Yippeee no meds for Dino right now – yippeeee…..
It just so happened we were going on vacation and a big THANK YOU AND SHOUT OUT TO KRYSTIN & DAN (our bunny nurses) that administered the drugs daily so Bunny Mama could go to North Carolina to hunt for seashells (my other passion beside bunnies) and Boo could go and scuba dive. Once we got home Dino didn’t seem to be using his left eye and was keeping it closed more than open. It also was weepy, very weepy (means watery eye). Our appointment was approaching so we just waited for it.
Now in the middle of Dino’s left eye was this white spot where the ulcer used to be, where it was removed with procedure. This white spot was very evident previously. But each day as I looked into his eye to give him his meds, that white spot was getting smaller and smaller – that has to be good news for sure.
So at the follow up appointment four weeks later, the animal eye doctor said that his eye was creating new blood vessels to the cornea through where the ulcer was removed. This was exactly what the doctor wanted to happen – this was good. What wasn’t so good was the fact he wasn’t using the eye and that is was weepy. The dr said both were a sign that it was hurting him and we would have to up the amount of pain meds (to twice a day) we were giving him. We should continue the drops, ointment, cleanings and pain killer for 3 more weeks and return for our next appointment.
So far after one week, Dino seems to be doing better. He is opening and using his eye more than he had been. Week 2 and 3 he continues to improve. He is spunky, active and that left eye is open all the time now! Yeah! Our little boy is on the mend – fingers crossed for his next appointment. And that white spot is just getting smaller and not as white what I can tell with my own eyes. Yipee!!!
So week 3 back to the animal eye doc – and its good news for Dino. His left eye is continuing to heal. The blood vessels are definitely restoring some sight into the area where the ulcer was. The white spot left by the removal of the ulcer is still there but not as large and not as bright white. His eye sight in that left eye, will never be perfect but better and the fact that his eye was filling in the area where the ulcer was removed was very positive the dr said. When I asked if he would have vision in that eye the dr had said he will have some vision but it won’t be perfect and since he is a house rabbit in a protected home he does not need perfect vision. The best news tho is that this procedure was successful AND the ulcer has stopped growing (as if it had continued there was a chance he would have gone blind in that eye). So a week more of ointment and 2 weeks of the pain killer (metacam) for him. Then no more follow up unless we think he needs it or our vet refers him again. But for right now my little boy is doing just great and so are his beautiful Dino eyes!
They animal eye doctors are just great and I could not say enough positive comments about them, their staff and their loving treatment of my little boy. Here is info on both of the docs we saw.
Dr. Denise M. Lindley - (taken from Animal Eye Consultant website)
Dr. Lindley received her BS in 1983, and DVM in 1985 from the University of Illinois. She completed an internship in small animal surgery and medicine in 1986 at Auburn University and a residency in comparative ophthalmology in 1989. That same year she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. Also in 1989, Dr. Lindley joined the clinical faculty at Purdue University as assistant professor of comparative ophthalmology and was section chief until January 1994. Dr. Lindley earned a master’s degree in veterinary ophthalmology in 1990. Animal Eye Consultants first opened in July 1990 on a part-time basis and became full-time in 1994. Dr. Lindley is available in the Elgin, Crestwood and Naperville IL offices.
Dr. Ralph E. Hamor - (taken from Animal Eye Consultant website)
Dr. Hamor received his BS in 1984 and DVM in 1987 from the University of Missouri. He completed an internship in small animal surgery and medicine in 1988 at Auburn University. After working two years in private practice, Dr. Hamor did a residency in veterinary ophthalmology and earned a masters degree in 1993 at Colorado State University. Dr. Hamor became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1994. Currently he is the Clinical Associate Professor of Veterinary ophthalmology at the University of Illinois.
Dr. Hamor sees patients mainly at our Crestwood IL office.
I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THESE DOCTORS and their staff and am so fortunate that they are right in my back yard (close by). I highly recommend these doctors for advance care and treatment of your animals eyes, especially your bunny’s eyes.
Meanwhile know your bun, pay attention to your bun every day and make sure that he or she is acting, behaving, eating, pooping and just being normal. If they aren’t begin to watch their behavior more closely and take them to a vet. Taken you bun to a vet as we never knew years ago that our little boy suffered from eye ulcers. Once we got him cured his personality changed and he became so much more active.Please leave a comment, click on the 'Comments' or 'Leave a Comment' below the page name, near the top of the page. Or, post a question or comment on the forum for all to see.