BUNNIES IN NEED
within a month, two bunnies came into our care who needed some extra TLC
Peanut the soft and fluffy Dwarf Lop was, unfortunately, surrendered to us late last year due to a change in her owner’s circumstances. She a tough rabbit who has been in and out of foster care, trying to find that perfect home ever since. Upon her latest health check our vets noticed that Peanut had mild sensitivity at palpation (examine by touch, for medical purposes) of her ear canals. This meant that Peanut would need a bilateral ear canal resection. The decision wasn’t made lightly, as the procedure can be quite distressing for rabbits, but it was the healthiest way forward for Peanut.
On May 21, Peanut went to the wonderful team at Melbourne Rabbit Clinic to get her ear canal surgery and all went well. She came back to us a couple of days later and has been recovering nicely. Her surgery cost $800 and as we have a reputation for putting care before cost, we didn’t hesitate to get her this help.
Meanwhile, on the 23rdof May we took in a Netherland Dwarf rabbit who was handed into a pound as a stray. We work closely with a lot of animal shelters and we were happy to take on board the vulnerable bunny.
The bunny was given the name Kara on admission and was taken to our in-house vet to for a routine health check. The vet diagnosed Kara with mal-aligned lower incisors, meaning that rather than growing straight up, they are growing inwards towards each other (a bit like wisdom teeth in human trying to squish into a space that doesn't exist!).
All rabbit teeth grow continuously and if left untreated this will cause Kara to wear down all her teeth unevenly, cause significant chronic pain and result in her developing further dental disease on the rest of her teeth. This is unfortunately something that is very common in the Netherland Dwarf breed, as dental disease has a genetic link; similar to French bulldogs and requiring airway surgery. Thankfully the rest of her teeth have been checked and only her incisors are affected, for now.
The good news is if we remove the abnormal incisors, Kara will wear down the rest of her teeth normally. So, once the abnormal incisors are gone, she will have a normal quality of life with minimal risk of developing dental disease. Further to the good news, the teeth that need to be removed will not affect the way she eats.
We don’t know Kara’s past, but we had a role in her future. It’s sometimes hard to tell the age of rabbits and our vet has estimated Kara to be almost 24 months-old, which means she still has a lot of living to do! Bunny Kara’s surgery cost around $600 and just like Peanut, we didn't hesitate to get her the treatment she needed.