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16-04-2015, 01:11 PM
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Sweetpea is an approx 5 year old rabbit handed into rescue.
She had a nasty abscess on her side that had developed over a long period of time and the owner could not afford the vet fees, so she made the decision to hand her into rescue so that she could be treated.
We decided that Sweetpea's treatment could not wait and when the vet saw the problem, he was very unsure that he could help her as the lump was so large and possibly invading her chest cavity.
We only put animals to sleep as a last resort and if they are suffering with no alternative, so of course we asked that the vet at least try and save her life.

After a very worrying day, we got the call that Sweetpea had come through the operation.
When operating, the vet discovered that the abscess was actually a large amount of abscesses that had seeded from the original one. He had to scrape it off of her rib cage, but luckily, even though it was an extremely delicate operation, particularly when it came to removing the lump safely without perforating her diaphragm which would have caused her death, he managed to remove the whole lot as one large lump.

Once healed she will have to go back to be spayed/vaccinated, but one step at a time and she will need to recover from this first!

There are some graphic photos of her on our facebook page, but I warn you, they aren't pretty!

She is now doing well and we hope she continues to do so :)

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16-04-2015, 01:22 PM
Bless her heart, I really hope that she will make a full recovery xx

16-04-2015, 02:31 PM
Mental... Poor girl. Best of luck to her :)

16-04-2015, 02:43 PM
So glad she is with you and getting the care she needs, hope she recovers fully :thumb:

14-05-2015, 02:17 PM
Now looking for a home


20-05-2015, 05:27 PM
Really sad news. Sweetpea had a sudden decline today, so we took her to the vets and it turns out the abscesses have spread internally. Even though the large one was removed, it was already too late. She wasn't a happy girl, so we made the decision to let her go :( If only her original abscess was sorted sooner, they wouldn't have seeded and spread.
Sleep tight little angel xxx

20-05-2015, 05:32 PM
I'm sorry to hear - but you certainly did (and the vet) all that you could for her. It's ashame she couldn't have been handed in sooner.

However, better to have found out sooner than have it an ongoing and painful situation for Sweetpea

20-05-2015, 05:50 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss. Poor Sweetpea. It's tragic that she wasn't sorted sooner. She could probably have had a better outcome. You did everything you could and your vet sounds great. Abcesses are absolutely awful. It's a shame scientists can't come up with a cure for rabbit abcesses. The bacteria has such a devastating effect on poor bunnies. RIP Sweetpea.

20-05-2015, 08:21 PM
I'm sorry... What sad news xxx

susie bun
20-05-2015, 09:23 PM
I'm sorry I missed this before, but well done to you and the vet for giving her the best chance.

Sleep tight beautiful Sweetpea. xx

20-05-2015, 11:45 PM
So sorry, poor Sweetpea binky free

21-05-2015, 10:10 AM
Poor Sweetpea :(