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REALLY need advice about my rabbit - any vets on here? Please read

Mrs.Z Avatar
8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
Hi all.

Basically my rabbit needs surgery for an abscess on her jaw and she has problems with her teeth but the first vet I saw (a PDSA one) I wasn't totally happy with what they want to do so I went to a private vet (cost £20 for consultation) who told me something rather different. They want about £180 to go through with the surgery they have advised + check up and antibiotics, if necessary.

So I really need to speak to another vet to get another opinion, I can't really afford to pay another £20 to go for a consultation with ANOTHER vet and then risk that I might be told something else and then be even more confused! I might have to though at this rate because I am so confused, but I don't know another good vet to use in East London/Essex

So please is anyone on here a vet, or know a vet who would be willing to spare me a few minutes of their time just to give me their opinion? I would be SOOO grateful I cannot describe

Our bunny is only 1 year old but we love her to bits and want to do what is best for her - I just don't know which option would work better.

I found a website where you can pay £5 to ask a vet a question and get a guaranteed answer but I wonder how active the website is now and it states to allow 14 days for an answer. It is http://www.emmathevet.co.uk/askthevet.asp has anyone used it?
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
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#1
what did the first vet want to do???
#2
I am not a vet but we have kept rabbits for years. One of ours had an absess which we paid to have removed, it came back and we paid again, then our vet tried some experimental treatment that did work for a few months but it came back again, we had to have him put down eventually. :cry:
Absess in rabbits are very difficult to treat and much more serious than in humans, I have spoken to several vets and they all advise that surgery has a very small chance of success.
What did the PDSA vet advise?
#3
You must really love your rabbit - I admire you for that !
#4
Just found this site and it looks like this could be a long term condition, so if you're strapped for cash going private will cost you quite a bit over time,

http://www.blackness-vet.co.uk/rabbits.htm
#5
I just want to give her the best chance - the PDSA gave me the option to put her down but I haven't got the heart to do that for a problem that could maybe be resolved.

Will try to explain the background:

From about 6 months old, her front teeth started growing really long and curling into her mouth. So we started taking her to get her teeth trimmed every 3-4 weeks. Her teeth do not meet up like they should and so don't get ground down as they should.

Then the abscess came and when the vet looked inside her mouth they saw that her back teeth have also been growing and so had had called the abscess.

First surgery the PDSA vet lanced (cut) the abcess and drained it out and then we had to continue squeezing and flushing it out at home. And also did her teeth at the same time. I mentioned about taking her teeth out but they said that rabbits cannot live without their teeth.

Then the abscess came back and the PDSA vet put her to sleep again to do her teeth and removed 2 of the back ones and then we treated the abscess with antibiotics.

In the meantime, a woman who looks after rabbits whilst the owners are on holiday told me to just get her back teeth taken out and so remove the cause of the abscess and that she has rabbits with no back teeth who live fine.

So this week the abscess came back again, though bunny is eating and playing as normal. Took her back to the PDSA who said they will do surgery again to remove the abscess and the surrounding tissue and then stitch the wound open and we will then have to keep flushing it out.
Still they advised that she cannot live properly without her teeth and they also said that they don't have the skills to remove her back teeth (though they removed 2 before).

I wasn't totally happy with their plan as it sounds quite horrific and also they are not considering removing the teeth which they told me before is what is causing the problem.

The private vet I went to after this said that would remove her front teeth as they believe that they are causing the problem. He said because her front teeth keep getting long and out of shape, then the back teeth are not able to meet and grind each other down. So if they take out her front teeth, then her back teeth will be able grind each other down. And he will also remove the abscess normally and just stitch it up to heal normally.

Sorry it's long but been going on for ages now
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choc1969
Just found this site and it looks like this could be a long term condition, so if you're strapped for cash going private will cost you quite a bit over time,

http://www.blackness-vet.co.uk/rabbits.htm


Thanks :thumbsup:

I have done lots of reading but am just hoping for the best so trying to do what will give her the best chance
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Mrs.Z;3006743
Thanks :thumbsup:

I have done lots of reading but am just hoping for the best so trying to do what will give her the best chance


Sometimes you just have to let them go hun, I know it's not what you want to hear but the poor rabbit must be going through hell with all those anaesthetics :-(
#8
choc1969
Sometimes you just have to let them go hun, I know it's not what you want to hear but the poor rabbit must be going through hell with all those anaesthetics :-(


No, please don't think I am one of those mad old ladies whose rabbit is her only friend - I actually wished we hadn't got her because the kids lost interest quickly.

But this time the abscess has come back she seems perfectly fine - like I said, eating and playing normally.
#9
Mrs.Z;3006818
No, please don't think I am one of those mad old ladies whose rabbit is her only friend - I actually wished we hadn't got her because the kids lost interest quickly.

But this time the abscess has come back she seems perfectly fine - like I said, eating and playing normally.


Of course I don't think that, I am an animal lover too :), whatever you decide I hope it all works out well
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I had a problem with my rabbits front teeth. My vets are really good and they said that the best thing to do would be to take the front teeth out as the rabbit doesn't really need them and it will save a lot of money in the long run with having to get his teeth trimmed every few weeks.

If you're not happy with the PDSA vets, you can go to a vet that you're happy with and apply for help with the cost of the bills through the PDSA. I think the number to call is on their website, but basically, they ask you a few questions over the phone and assuming you qualify, send you out a form to complete. If you call the vets up and explain you are going to be asking for help with the costs from the PDSA, they'll tell you their procedure with regards to doing the operation and payment.

Hope your bunny is ok whichever route you go down
#11
Charlie&Lola
I had a problem with my rabbits front teeth. My vets are really good and they said that the best thing to do would be to take the front teeth out as the rabbit doesn't really need them and it will save a lot of money in the long run with having to get his teeth trimmed every few weeks.

If you're not happy with the PDSA vets, you can go to a vet that you're happy with and apply for help with the cost of the bills through the PDSA. I think the number to call is on their website, but basically, they ask you a few questions over the phone and assuming you qualify, send you out a form to complete. If you call the vets up and explain you are going to be asking for help with the costs from the PDSA, they'll tell you their procedure with regards to doing the operation and payment.

Hope your bunny is ok whichever route you go down


Wow! Really? Will definitely look into that, thanks!

Edit: It's the Blue Cross that do it, but only if you are not in the catchment area of one of their hospitals - which I am, though it is a good distance from me.
I have emailed them and if they can't do me a grant, then I will take Kipper down there and see what they have got to say.

Thanks again, will leave you rep now
#12
In the past I have taken pets to the vet inside the pet superstore. Havent done so for a few years now as old age expired them. But in my opinion it was the best pet care I had ever recieved. It does depend though whether you get a vet experienced and drawn to your particular animal. I believe that the costs were competitive and has the added advantage of being available when the store is open. ie shop opening times
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Mrs.Z
Wow! Really? Will definitely look into that, thanks!

Edit: It's the Blue Cross that do it, but only if you are not in the catchment area of one of their hospitals - which I am, though it is a good distance from me.
I have emailed them and if they can't do me a grant, then I will take Kipper down there and see what they have got to say.

Thanks again, will leave you rep now



I know in my case it was def the PDSA, I remember their letter head in the corner, but that was about a year ago so maybe they have stopped doing this? If the Blue Cross can't help, it might be worth giving the vets you like a ring and asking them if they are aware of whether the PDSA still offer financial help towards payments, as my vets were really clued up about any help that was around, so if the PDSA no longer do this, they might be able to tell you of someone else that offers this kind of thing. :thumbsup:

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