We had to tweak the diet a few times, but had finally managed to get that side of things relatively stable. Things weren't entirely smooth sailing, as there was another near-death experience. But things were good for the most part.
She was getting meds 3.5x/day, plus an additional 2x/week (injections). But because she was doing better, she wasn't as stressed and didn't react to every little change (like me being gone to a paint night for a few hours off routine - yes, that really did make her stop eating).
And then last week she seemed to be having more pain from arthritis. I took her in to get checked out and they found an upper respiratory infection. We were given antibiotics. It should have been ok.
Bunnies can get through that, usually. But not Naveen.
Over the weekend her breathing got worse. And the antibiotics messed with her gut health, so she stopped eating.
And you cannot safely forcefeed a bunny who cannot breathe. Sometimes the kindest choice is the hardest choice. We couldn't let her suffer.
So, yesterday, we helped her cross the bridge. I'm heartbroken, but also a bit traumatized. It wasn't a smooth exit.
They gave her some sedation and she seemed super chill with me, but once the vet moved, she'd react. So they gave her more. They thought she was good, so they gave her the lethal injection (whatever it is). It was supposed to work within 3 minutes. It didn't. She was lethargic, but alert.
They had to take us to the back and also give her gas to help her calm down enough to pass. I stayed calm throughout because I wanted to be there for her and not stress her out further.
But as I waited, I was internally screaming that I made the wrong choice and wanted to ask if it was too late to change my mind. I mean, I knew it was too late. And I know it was the right call. But it was beyond heartbreaking to see her fight so hard to stay.
I can't get an image to work, so here's a link to my instagram post honouring all the bunnies we've had, as this is the end of our life with bunny monsters.
Anyway, thanks for reading.