Benny was a sweetheart. He was
playful, affectionate and had no fear of anyone. We had the family
over for Christmas and he was up on everyone's lap even with all the
noise of a roomful of excited kids and chatting adults. In fact,
if you ignored him, he'd nip you. If you crinkled a bag he'd run
at you so fast he sometimes skidded right by. He was a shameless
beggar when it came to mealtimes.
We had him for about a year when one
morning I found he was tilting his head. When he tried to run he
wiped out because he couldn't balance himself. I phoned vets until
I finally was referred to one that dealt with rabbits and would take us
that morning for an emergency appointment. Unfortunately the usual
vet was away and the one that attended Benny didn't have much
experience. She gave me some medicine but couldn't do much more.
I brought Benny home and gave him some of the medicine but he passed
away within hours.
The lesson here is that you always have
to make sure you have an experienced vet to call in case of emergency.
And then have a back up vet in case that one is away. I found out
later that Benny's head tilt was likely the result of an ear infection
which is often treatable if caught early.