- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2015
Here is my baby – he’s an almost seven year old crossbreed bunny who’s the sweetest thing ever 🙂
And I’m having to make an impossible choice.
Two months ago he caught his teeth on a blanker and broke one of his lower teeth. When we took him to the vet they told us that as well as that, all of his other teeth were overgrown. They suggested two surgeries to remove all of his teeth – but because he’s old for a rabbit and anaesthetic can be deadly to bunnies, we declined. Instead we opted to have his teeth cut back to a better length so he could eat and be more comfortable. It worked great for a while.
But recently we noticed his mouth was full of blood on a regular basis – and he’s stopped eating hard food. He’ll only eat his pellets if we add water to them to make them soft. So I took him back to the vet, thinking his teeth had grown back and were cutting into his gums.
Well, I got the worst news the vet could’ve given me. That, although they’ve cut his teeth back alright, that bottom two teeth that were broken are loose and broken right through the root. She also thinks that, in trying to pull himself free of the blanket, he may have fractured his jaw.
We’ve been given a choice – put him through two surgeries or put him to sleep.
I don’t want to put him to sleep. I really don’t. I started crying uncontrollably just thinking about it. He’s so bright and full of energy and he just doesn’t ‘seem’ sick.
But the surgery has some downsides too. Not only is there an overall 10% chance that he’s going to die from the anaesthetic without us even being able to say goodbye, but afterwards he’ll have no teeth and need all of his food mushing up for him for the rest of his life – which the vet says will probably be no more than a year.
Bees, I don’t know what to do. I got my bunny when I was just fourteen so he’s grown up with me. He’s only lived indoors with us for a few months and I can’t deal with the thought of him only having a few months of comfort with us breaks my heart.
I don’t know what I’m asking for – advice, comfort, or just internet hugs. But whatever it is, I need it.