Since there’s been a lot of posts about labs I figured some of you might be interested in seeing these photos of Labradors scanned from my old dog books from the 1930’s.
I’ll also leave this poignant quote here from the author of the second book, Mitford Brice, writing in 1934;
"Perhaps I shall be forgiven if I express the hope that (the labrador’s) success at shows will not beguile his breeders into forgetting the characteristics that are essential to his work. Breeds, especially working breeds, have been ruined in this manner in several instances; and there will therefore be still less excuse for labrador breeders if they shut their eyes in their anxiety to fill their purses."
There is something very wrong with my pet rabbit, and we are completely dumbfounded as to what it could be. My rabbit Murphy is a three year old spayed female Dutch/Mini-Rex cross I rescued from a shelter two years ago. She is a voracious eater, very active, and uses her litterbox religiously. My partner found her in her bed yesterday morning breathing heavily. She hadn’t eaten overnight, and had soiled herself excessively. He took her out of her bed to clean her off and check her for injury, and when she tried to hop, she dragged her back legs behind her. As of last night, she was eating with assistance, and the paralysis was limited to only one hind leg, but she was still completely incontinent. She seemed frightened but not in pain. My partner took her to the vet this morning and was there with her all day. They suspected a spinal fracture, but they took three x-rays, from multiple angles, and they were all clean. Her bloodwork came back tentatively clean as well (though we won’t know all of it until tomorrow, the vet says the other things they are testing for are very unlikely and do not match her symptoms.) The vet says that while she can’t move her hind leg voluntarily, the reflexes work partially and she can feel it, which rules out serious nerve damage or spinal compression. The vets are completely stumped. So are we. She is currently confined to our couch with her cage bars put on top it to limit her mobility, being regularly cleaned for incontinence issues, on a strong anti-inflammatory/pain killer combo as well as a morphine-like sedative, and my partner is helping her eat as needed. Does anyone have experience with anything like this? Can anyone please just offer me some guidance or advice or anything? I’m out of the country visiting my family, and I’m having panic attacks worrying about my baby.
My name is Allison, and I am twenty-two years old and from North Carolina. I am the worst person at making decisions, and I wish I was funnier. I currently live just outside Toronto with my Canadian and our menagerie.