possible uterine/mammary problems in my 5 yr old doe
Rabbits/possible uterine/mammary problems in my 5 yr old doe
Expert: Dana Krempels, Ph.D. - 2/18/2013
Question Dear Dana
My rabbit Blackberry appears healthy and v lively. However I was doing a routine body check and discovered a squashy elongated lump under one of her teats. It is not attached to her but appears part of the mammary duct. I took her to the vets and she said I could observe it for a while to see if it gets bigger or have it removed.She asked me if she had any blood in the urine and I said no but on getting home she did a puddle with a small amount of blood in it. The vet told me that mammary cysts can be assoc with uterine cancer sometimes. Do you recommend I have her spayed and have the squashy cyst removed Dana? The blood worried me. Neither me or the vet could detect any abdominal masses but would you be able to feel these?
I am hoping that if it is uterine cancer then it is early stage. Is this likely with this mammary lump or could that be unrelated as I read it doesnt always spread there but more likely to the lungs. Her mother is still going strong at 8.
Also is it safe to spay her at 5.
Thank you very much and hope you can advise me
Answer Dear Linda,
While no surgery is 100% risk-free, if your bunny has mammary cysts (or cancer) and has had spotting of blood in the urine, then she is probably one of those who needs to be spayed ASAP. Radiographs of the lungs might reveal whether there are metastases there. In that case, surgery would be too late. But if the vet sees no sign of metastasis, then the sooner she is completely spayed (ovariohysterectomy), the better.
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