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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-04-2009, 07:28 AM Thread Starter
 
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UPDATE ON OREO!( now Cookie)

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I'm sure you remember me posting about Oreo with her prolapsed rectum and how my vet had decided she needed to be put to sleep. Well here's an update on what happened to her (sorry I haven't been back sooner but my laptop broke and I couldn't find the forum again on my desktop until now).

After speaking to my vet and him telling me she had to be put to sleep, I kept her home and searched as much info as I could on the internet about her condition. She was doing ok apart from the prolapse, eating, drinking, pooping and playing about as normal and she didn't appear to be in pain (tho I found out from here that she could be hiding her pain). I took the advice of many different people and searched for another vet who was more specialised with smaller animals.

I spoke to the vet's office for a long time on the phone and the nurse said the vet wouldn't advise me without seeing Oreo and warned that he might suggest the same thing as my other vet and that I really might have to let her go. We made an appointment for last Monday 27th July and I cried the whole morning before I took her as I was sure I'd be coming home without her.

When I saw the vet he asked loads of questions about what had happened and what treatment the other vet had given her, which was just to put a stitch in for 2 days and once he removed it she prolapsed again. I told him that I had been bathing the prolapse with cooled boiled water and he said I'd done a great job of keeping it clean and moist, and he was happy that she hadn't bitten it.. He said that he thought she had an infection of worms (e.cunuli (sp?)) and he wasn't going to put her to sleep but was going to treat for worms and see how she goes. He gave her Panacur ( enough to treat both buns) and told me to keep bathing the prolapse and to put petroleum jelly on to protect it. He did push it back inside with a cotton bud (q-tip) but it came back out on the way home.

When I got back home from work that night, I found blood in her cage and when I checked her, she had bitten the prolapse and I wonder if it was the vet prodding at it that irritated it and made her do that. Anyway, I bathed it again and put petroleum jelly on and gently pushed it back in, the same way the vet had............and it stayed in!! For a whole week it didn't come out at all then the night before we were due to go for her check-up, it came out again. I did the same thing and pushed it back and so far it's stayed in.

Her check up was yesterday and Alan (new vet) was really pleased with her as she's put on alot of weight since last week (she was quite a bit smaller than her sister Fudge) and he said so long as the prolapse doesn't get any bigger, he's not really concerned about it, unless it dries out or she bites it again.

So as you can imagine, I'm ecstatic that I didn't lose her. She's such a sweet little thing and very affectionate. We've now changed her name too lol. Although her name was Oreo, we always called her Cookie. We kept it officially as Oreo because that's the name we'd registered her under at the vets but when I signed up with the new one and they asked her name, I said Cookie without thinking. As everything had gone so well for her with the new vet, we decided the name Cookie was lucky for her so we officially changed it, she suits the name much better too lol.

I'd always said I'd never have rabbits because I thought they were boring and didn't do much but I couldn't have been more wrong. My girls have become such a great addition to our family and get on great with my little Yorkie terrier, Ash. They make me laugh all the time and I'm so glad my 12 yr old daughter pestered me to get them

Sorry this is so long and if you've made it this far, thanks for reading lol.

Jo x

P.S - I'll post some pics of my gang later on when I get back from work

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-04-2009, 07:49 AM
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Bless her little bunny heart! I'm so glad you got a new vet. Let us know how she is doing. I would love to see photos of Cookie.
You're a great bunny parent - buns are so sweet and loving


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Wonderful news! I'm really happy that your little Cookie is doing so much better! And I'm also glad you got a vet that knows more about rabbits and is willing to try other options. Great job! I hope it will always be good news like this from now on!
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-04-2009, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thankyou both, and I'm extremely thankful I looked for another vet too, if I hadn't Cookie would be gone now when there was no need. Needless to say, all of the critters are registered with the new vet now

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Happy to hear it. Some vets euthanize way too soon when other things can be done to save the animal's life. This new vet in our town is all doom and gloom. She gave my cat antibiotics for a bladder infection he didn't even have! (I was told by my other vet later on who's a good vet that he didn't see any sign of a UTI). So yeah, you've got to be careful when picking a vet, especially for exotics like rabbits. Only vets who are specially trained with bunnies can give them proper treatments.
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