Question I have a dwarf lop ear bunny I adopted. She is about 6 years old and has been very healthy. I only feed her Timothy Complete pellets and Timothy hay. This past week, I noticed she wasn't eating quite as much of her pellets and then over the week end, she didn't eat anything or drink. Her respiratory rate increased to about 80-110 and of course no energy. I gave her water via syringe and she tolerated that. Still making urine and very small pellets - good bowel sounds. I took her to a vet and he performed an US of the bladder and informed me he saw a mass. He is unsure as to whether it is a tumor, infection or stone. He said he could actually palpate the mass. He gave me an antibiotic to try for 2 weeks and I am giving her Critical Care feedings and water by syringe. He did mention surgery if the antibiotics don't work. I don't know of any vets here that specialize in bunnies and I want to know if we are on the right track. Is it possible that this could be a bladder stone or infection? I am willing to do whatever she needs if it will help her, but I don't want to put her through any unnecessary suffering. Are there any other tests that should be performed to see if this is a tumor, if it has metastasized elsewhere? These symptoms seem to have had such a sudden on-set. I would very much appreciate your thoughts and recommendations. She is so sweet and we love her. I want to do what's right for her.
and it would be worth a drive to get her to someone who can safely do a surgery.
Stones are not all that uncommon. If the mass is moving around, then it is likely a stone, not a tumor.
Is she spayed? If not, I wonder if this might be a uterine tumor that the vet misdiagnosed. Uterine cancer rate is quite high in unspayed females, so this is a possibility, too. If it is a uterine tumor, then spaying her will usually solve the problem. These masses do not tend to metastasize very early in their formation.
A full-body radiograph might help the vet detect any metastatic masses, if they are large enough. That might help you decide a course of action. But if this is a stone, surgery is probably the best option to remove it. And you'll want a vet who is experienced with rabbit surgeries and anesthesia for this type of procedure.
I hope this helps.
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Thank you for taking the time to respond to my inquiry. Unfortunately she passed away the next morning. In answer to your question, she was not spayed and I now know that would have been best for her.
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