The funds raised will be used to help cover Scott's emergency vet fees + cremation, which his Pet Plan insurance will heartbreakingly not cover. This came out to £688.26, including the £150 emergency consultation.
If you're able & willing to, this would ease the tremendous anxiety caused, beyond my current grief and devastation - as someone who has been out of work since March due to coronavirus, unlikely to return to my career for the foreseeable future (also due to covid), and currently unable to work due to the negative state of my well-being over the past year, particularly after my fall in October.
Would like to note that these fees have already been paid from my personal savings. I wouldn't have adopted these bunnies if I wasn't able to cover their costs or care under any contingency, but given my current circumstance, and the suddenness of this tragedy, any kindness from anyone willing to donate a little would be incredibly appreciated.
In the early hours of Saturday 28 November last week, between 3-4am, my baby bun Scott 'Hoppy' Hopkins passed away suddenly at the vet from RHD1 - a fatal rabbit-specific virus that targets internal organs, with no known treatment.
He was only 3 months old and in our home for just 2 weeks. His symptoms (lethargy, dyspnoea/struggling to breathe) started unexpectedly showing less than an hour before we took him to the emergency vet at 11pm on the Friday night. Just a couple hours earlier he was still behaving normally, hopping around, eating his dinner, cuddling with his brother Chester, and so on.
I spent the whole night at the vet suffering intense panic attacks, begging them to do everything they could to save him, until I was told there was nothing left they could do: too much blood had entered his lungs, and he was too far gone. At around 4am, we agreed to finally put him to sleep so he wouldn't suffer anymore.
Additional kicks to the heart:
1. Both Scott & Chester were due for their first RHD1 vaccinations that coming week, which was booked at the vets' earliest possible appointment. I don't know if any of it would've made a difference.
2. As he was only with us for 2 weeks, his pet insurance policy will not cover him as they do not cover illness within the first 14 days. He was 2 days from being eligible on his shared policy with Chester, which I updated from a single policy I started a few days prior adopting Scott's brother, so he wouldn't be alone (they were inseparable). The insurance won't count the initial date I took out Scott's policy, so I had to pay the vet charges in full. (I would gladly empty my bank account if he could've been saved.)
Scott was the runt of his litter. Comparative to his bigger (he was half the size!), shyer brother; Scott was brave, adventurous, and beyond affectionate from day one. I spent the entire 2 weeks (aside from when asleep) with him, and his personality was so bright. He was so special. He'd happily spend 10 minutes licking my face, would learn tricks/commands almost instantaneously, and hop around the living room like it was his own kingdom (Chester's still too nervous to leave his pen).
He was my first bun and I was so in love with him. I hoped he'd have such a long, happy, full lifetime with us.
Scott came into my life during an extended period where I had been feeling hopeless, desolate and isolated, beyond this year's lockdown restrictions. For the first time in so long, I didn't feel broken or have a bottomless void in my gut - Scott gave me such lightness, joy, and so much love during his short stay with me. I didn't think this year could be more unnecessarily cruel, but I've been proven wrong yet again. I've been crying all week since. I didn't think I could miss you this much, but I do.
I hadn't left the house since picking the bunnies up, and no one had visited either, so I'm unsure how he could've contracted the virus. Maybe his adventurousness was a factor. Being the runt, perhaps his immune system was too weak. It breaks my heart to try and guess or understand. I'm just glad to have caught you binkying so much while here, and that you were happy.
I'm currently keeping a close eye on Chester - he seems healthy, with no signs of symptoms. He's been active and hasn't become depressed since his brother disappeared, so I'm glad for that. I'm spoiling him to bits.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
- Fiona Meldrum
- Anna Horvath
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