(Closed) Having to make a really tough decision about my bunny…

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@ZebraPrintMe:  Believe me…all of the vets and pet nurses/vet assts I’ve dealt with over the years love these animals.  Whenever I take my girls (dogs) in for an appt it’s like they’re walking the red carpet because they’re so popular.  🙂

Post # 19
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Busy bee

@ZebraPrintMe:  Ask them to give him pain meds before they burr them down. Rabbits can die from stress, or develop deadly diarrhea. Of course having his teeth ground down will hurt so I think they should give pain meds beforehand to prevent pain. Also, rabbits often respond to pain by grinding their teeth, so the vet may not even know if he’s in pain or not.

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Aww he’s adorable! I used to have a bunny too (he died 5 years ago) so I understand the love fir them. I’m glad you have found a solution that you are happy with *hugs*

Post # 22
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534 posts
Busy bee

@ZebraPrintMe:  My experience with vets treating rabbits is to make sure they know what they’re doing. A vet told me to withhold food 12 hrs before my male’s neuter. I informed him that that could kill a rabbit, especially since the bunny won’t eat for hours after surgery as it is. Rabbits need to have food in their digestive tract to prevent the bacteria in their gut from dying. If that bacteria dies, they will probably die, so that ignorant advice was very dangerous. Needless to say, I brought my bun elsewhere for his spay. The second vet did the surgery and said my bunny wouldn’t be in pain after. I took him home and the next morning his ears were very cold, he was shaking, and furiously grinding his teeth. I raced to the vet for pain meds. Vets are generally ignorant about rabbit care so you kinda have to state the obvious with them.

Post # 23
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2015

@ZebraPrintMe:  Your bunny is adorable! I’m so sorry you are having to make such a difficult decision. We have two bunnies and i would just recommend that you try and find a vet that specializes in rabbits. We were lucky enough to find a vet that specializes in rabbits and she is wonderful. I see you’re in the UK, I dont think that there is chapter there but check out rabbit.org, they might be able to help you find a vet! Using a vet that doesnt know how to treat bunnies properly can be extremely risky. Let us know how everything goes!

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