Of all weeks, this is a week when we didn’t need any extra stress. We have a child who needs calmness and routine at the best of times These things are most important when she has a whole load of exams and a drama performance to get through over the next few days.
Sadly, though, a whole load of stress is what we seem to have got. There is much bunny misery in our house this morning. We have two very cute rabbits, Benjamin and Patches, who are just over 5 years old. They get on very well, most of the time. At this time of year they can get a bit frisky with each other.
They live in their hutch and run in the garden but are in the house most days for cuddles and to play. Yesterday we noticed that Patches was bleeding from his rear end. We took him to the vet and it seems that his brother had taken a chomp out of his, er, undercarriage. If we are very, very lucky, this will mean that Patches will need antibiotic injections every three days for a couple of weeks and daily painkillers. His 0.6 ml dose seems like loads compared to the 0.08 ml we had to give the hamster after she had some calamity a few weeks ago. If we are not so lucky, he will need surgery with all its attendant risks.
The good sign at the moment is that he’s eating, drinking and going to the toilet. The bad news is that he and his brother, who have never spent any time apart, have had to be separated. Patches, as the victim, gets to stay in his home. Benjamin is in a big cage in the conservatory. Last night both of them were upset, both thumping their feet. Patches did settle though, and ate his dinner.Benjamin was less happy and we were up late giving him cuddles and reassurance.
Today he’s been a bit more settled. At least the weather has been half way decent so he can go in his run. I’ve made sure that they can see each other, too which certainly seems to have calmed Benjamin.
Patches’ next vet appointment is on Thursday, a particularly stressful day for the teenager. Keep your fingers crossed he makes a full recovery.
It should be noted that some people, mainly men, on my Facebook page, have shown a remarkable lack of empathy for the poor bunny’s predicament. “Wow! The independence referendum is getting vicious, ” said one joker. I doubt they would be laughing if it had happened to them..