Jasper - Tiny Dwarf Dutch Baby Needs Surgery
October 24, 2014
Jasper with Dr. Nakamura at Adobe

Jasper had his two week post-operative examination today by Dr. Curt Nakamura, DVM at Adobe Animal Hospital. Dr. Nakamura was very pleased with Jasper's progress. He said the hip feels very solid, and the leg has decent range of motion. Jasper continues to hold the foot at a slight angle and tilts his pelvis slightly. This could be habit from when the hip was painful, or could be due to scar tissue that has formed in the hip joint. The doctor thinks this will lessen over time as the joint gets stronger. Dr. Nakamura commented that Jasper had received excellent care at his foster home and the incision healed very well.

Jasper will continue to get range of motion physical therapy as well as supervised time out of his pen. There is no need for him to go back to the vet unless a problem develops. His hip should be fully healed in another 2 to 3 weeks.

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October 10, 2014
Jasper after his surgery Jasper after his surgery

Jasper had his femoral head osteotomy surgery yesterday performed by Dr. Curt Nakamura, DVM at Adobe Animal Hospital. Jasper's surgery went very well, and Dr. Nakamura was able to neuter him at the same time. Jasper did not have to spend the night at the hospital, and is resting quietly in his foster home tonight. Jasper will be on Metacam for pain and Baytril for infection control for few days, and will be on cage rest for a week. After a week, his foster family will be doing gentle range of motion exercises with Jasper, gently flexing his leg to be sure that the leg functions properly. Jasper will see Dr. Nakamura again in two weeks, and the doctor will reevaluate the leg function at that time.

Jasper is recovering well this morning, eating his greens and nibbling some alfalfa hay. He also produced a large number of poops overnight which indicates that his gastrointestinal system is functioning well. GI problems are always a concern with rabbits after a surgical procedure. Jasper has an appointment for a post surgery recheck with Dr. Nakamura on October 24.

If you would like to donate to help with Jasper's ongoing care, you can donate by check or online via our PayPal account. Please indicate that your donation is for Jasper, so we can be sure it goes toward his vet bills.

October 8, 2014
Jasper's injured leg

Jasper is a tiny dwarf dutch baby rabbit who needs surgery on his hip. We recently began to see signs that his leg was hurt when he started to hold it out to the side and began to show signs of pain when his back leg was touched during pick up, handling or petting.

Jasper was taken to see Dr. Curt Nakamura, DVM and x-rays showed that his hip joint is destroyed. You can see in this picture how he holds his left foot out to the side, this is the only somewhat comfortable position for him.

Jasper's X-ray

Jasper was first seen by Dr. Carolynn Harvey, DVM who immediately detected stiffness in his leg, and noted that one leg is shorter than the other. Dr. Harvey said this is often an indication of a significant hip or knee injury. Jasper then was examined by Dr. Curt Nakamura, DVM who also noted the pain and stiffness in the leg. Dr. Nakamura ordered X-rays to determine what was causing the hip joint problems. The X-ray indicated that the left hip joint is collapsing, with the head of the femoral bone grinding on the socket. This bone damage is a source of great discomfort for Jasper, and why he sits with his leg held at an odd angle.

Jasper will require a femoral head ostectomy (FHO), a surgical procedure where the destroyed bone is removed and the hip joint is allowed to recover. This procedure should alleviate Jasper’s pain and will enable him to have a full and happy life using his back leg. The doctors agree that there is little choice for Jasper. He either has the surgery or will have a life filled with pain and his leg joint will totally collapse, leaving the back leg useless.

Jasper's injured leg

This surgery is complex and will be very expensive. Our best quotes indicate that the procedure will cost between $1500 and $2000. Dr. Nakamura will be his surgeon. He will require pain medications, antibiotics, and extensive physical therapy post surgery to allow him to regain full use of his leg. The outcome for this surgery has been very positive in other cases so we are so hopeful that Jasper’s procedure will repair the damage to his hip and that he will recover fully.

The Milkey family, one of our top medical foster sites, will be caring for Jasper. They are prepared to do whatever it takes to let Jasper heal and return to a normal life. The surgery is scheduled for October 9 at Adobe Animal Hospital. This will be traumatic for Jasper, but it is the best thing for him to improve his quality of life.

In just a few weeks post surgery Jasper may be pain free and will be able to use his leg more normally. Maybe then he can binky!

 

Please keep Jasper in your thoughts. We will post updates on his progress and new photographs as they become available. This procedure will be very expensive, even with the generous discounts that Dr. Nakamura gives us. If you would like to donate to help with Jasper's ongoing care, you can donate by check or online via our PayPal account. Please indicate that your donation is for Jasper, so we can be sure it goes into his account.

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