Thanks for the well wishes, everyone!! Hans has made it home safely 😀
He went to the vet at 11.30 am, got his incisors filed (no molar spurs, yay!!), and was good to leave by 1.00 pm.
Finally, by 3.30pm, Hans’ body started to feel warm again. He was very insistent on getting up, and was tumbling all over. I’m glad I didn’t throw this pink cube bed thingy away after Buttons and Yohji destroyed parts of it.. it makes a really good recovery bed! Hans won’t hurt himself if he tumbles over while he’s inside it.
By 4.30 pm, Hans was getting pretty stable on his feet.
I’m happy that Hans picked himself up quite quickly.
However, the not-so-good news is that.. the vet has confirmed that Hans’ lower jaw is longer than it should be.
Here’s how his teeth look like now, the incisors are still not meeting as they should:
So Hans’ teeth issues are due to his genetic makeup. He will most likely require recurrent visits to the vet, unless his upper jaw length somehow catches up with that of his lower jaw and his teeth re-align properly. We’re keeping all fingers, toes and paws crossed for that to happen! Meanwhile, Hans will be showered with loads of hay and chew toys!
As for the option of extracting his teeth.. the vet is against doing that because, firstly, Hans is still young (I agree that it may not be suitable at this age, as I have read that it’s easier to extract teeth from an adult rabbit). Secondly, Hans’ teeth are in good condition.. they are not decaying or rotten. Decayed teeth would be rejected by the body, whereas good teeth are very much a part of his jaw and removing them forcefully could cause harm to the little jaw (Umm.. I’m not too sure about this. I was of the impression that extraction is safe if performed properly).
Anyway, I’m still waiting to see how Hans’ teeth issue works out, before deciding on the next step.. so I’ll not pursue the extraction option with the vet for the time being. I’ll cross that bridge when I foresee myself getting to it 🙂
Again, many many many thanks for all the well wishes, supportive comments and helpful information Hans & I have received. We love all you bunny people out there!!