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RedFraggle
30-05-2013, 07:51 PM
I thought it might be useful to put this down as I donít think Iíve told Scarletís full story and it might provide support for someone else with a dental bun.

Having lost our beloved rat Colin, DH and I went to the RSPCA to drop off the mountains of food we had for the ratties there. We didnít want another rat but we did end up looking at the rabbits and decided we would home a pair. We went home to think about it and went back the next day to pick having made the decision. We picked Scarlet and her friend Boo because they had both been there ages, her 9 months, him 11, and he was a very cute lionhead cross. We asked about health and were told sheíd had an abcess when she came in but was fine now. I didnít know much about rabbits, I assumed sheíd had an injury as she had been dumped.
Homecheck complete, we picked them up 10 days later and got an adoption pack including their veterinary records, which being medically minded I read. This is when I realised I had a dental bun. On arrival she had a pussy wound to her left cheek where an upper molar was growing through it a lower erupting root on that same side, spurs and an abcess on her right jaw. How they didnít PTS her I donít know, but the vet for whatever reason had decided to give her a chance. Her notes say ďlong term dental problems, may not do wellĒ. She had 3 GAs in a month, 2 for dental work and 1 for a spay. They treated her for the abcess for 4 months before they got on top of it which was by then November. They were doing dentals every 12 to 16 weeks and actually did them again between us reserving her and taking her home (and didnít say a word!).
Obviously her teeth continued to be a problem. Our vet decided to try taking them right back to the gumline. He did this 3 times, with Scarlet bouncing right back each time, and then with them still growing at all angles decided we needed some expert intervention so we went to FHB. FHB kept her in for a GA, X-rays and dental. She said that Scarletís mouth was a mess. Her LHS teeth were not at all normal. She took out the lower LHS one that grew towards her cheek, another lower RHS one that grew across her tongue and found (by chance because she lifted her tongue) a rogue tooth growing along the inside of her gum line which she also removed. Scarlet then had her first period of more than 16 weeks without a GA in about 2 years. When things got dodgy again, about 5 months later we went back to FHB who again took more teeth out. Scarlet had a lot of ulceration that time, way back where you canít see without a GA but as always had continued to eat so we didnít realise how bad things were (despite monthly tooth checks). More teeth came out, she has hardly any on her LHS now but the RHS had settled well. She then went 10 months without a dental until last month when she had a spur again and went in to have that taken off. Sheís cost us about £2k in 2 years, and had we known I honestly canít say whether we would have taken her on, but to see her happy (now with BARC bunny Orinoco, her 2nd husbun) I feel quite guilty admitting that. She is a 100% different rabbit to the shy little girl that came to us. She binkies, she comes for nose rubs, she begs for food at every opportunity and is completely fearless (including when next door's staffy got in the garden and she barely looked up from her nuggets) and eats loads and loads of hay now too.
No reason for this really, other than as a bit of inspiration for those struggling with dental buns. I have to say, to see the transformation in her Iíd do it again in a heartbeat. Sheís a very special little girl. We have no idea how old she is, what sheís been through or how much pain and fear she went through to get here, but she did it.

bunnymadhouse
30-05-2013, 08:14 PM
yes she is a very special bunny .... and she also has a very special mummy and daddy ... :D

(and it was more than naughty of the rspca not to have told you about her dentals .. :( especialy the one after you reserved her :shock: )

RedFraggle
30-05-2013, 09:24 PM
yes she is a very special bunny .... and she also has a very special mummy and daddy ... :D

(and it was more than naughty of the rspca not to have told you about her dentals .. :( especialy the one after you reserved her :shock: )

You should come and see her sometime, she's a different rabbit since getting her teeth sorted properly. So much happier but still with her little madam attitude :D

esupi
30-05-2013, 09:37 PM
Aw that's a lovely story, though missing photos!

I can't believe the rescue didn't tell you about her problems - so lucky you took her or I imagine it's unlikely she would still be here.

bunny babe
30-05-2013, 10:47 PM
:wave: Thank you for sharing your tale. It is lovely to hear that she has found a very special home with you and that she is very happy and settled. Who knows what would have happened if she had not come to you. Well done for giving her a great forever home :love:

P.S. I had a dental bunny who had dentals every 5-6 weeks and know not everyone would be prepared to do that. He lived to 9 (last year) and went to the bridge with a non-teeth related issue.

Skylar
30-05-2013, 11:27 PM
Scarlet's story is sweet - she sounds like such a little warrior :love: and she's lucky to have you as her mummy, you've done so much for her :D

Captain Helen
31-05-2013, 07:35 PM
It's shocking that they didn't tell you :( She's lucky to have found you xx