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    Default Noah - u/d p58 he's home & his abscess has been fully removed!!

    Noah's left hand side of his face has swollen - I found it late last night & he has a lump that appears to be near to the front of his jaw

    He had a lump taken off last August which was on the same side, but further down towards his dewlap. It turned out not to be an abcess thankfully, but some sort of gristly lump that appeared & his face wasn't swollen like it this morning

    However, this lump feels different & is closer to his jaw line He's still eating fine thankfully.

    We'll be at the vets as soon as we can tomorrow with him. In the meantime I just wondered if anyone could give me some advice as to what to expect etc if it is a jaw abcess, as we've never had a bun with one?

    I'm worried sick if it is, because of Noah's age (he's 7 1/2) & because he doesn't tolerate being given meds at all. He's a very much a cuddle bun, but when it comes to being handled for meds etc, he gets so stressed

    Any advice anyone has got would be very much appreciated
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    Tinkerbell had a jaw abscess appear very quickly and became very large. The vet was guarded about her prognosis but we decided to proceed with the operation to remove it.

    Most of it was removed though not all of it as it was quite deep in the jaw. The wound was packed with antibiotic balls and she made a very good recovery.

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    Just done a search and here's the link to her thread:-

    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...d.php?t=132520

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunnyaddict View Post
    Noah's left hand side of his face has swollen - I found it late last night & he has a lump that appears to be near to the front of his jaw

    He had a lump taken off last August which was on the same side, but further down towards his dewlap. It turned out not to be an abcess thankfully, but some sort of gristly lump that appeared & his face wasn't swollen like it this morning

    However, this lump feels different & is closer to his jaw line He's still eating fine thankfully.

    We'll be at the vets as soon as we can tomorrow with him. In the meantime I just wondered if anyone could give me some advice as to what to expect etc if it is a jaw abcess, as we've never had a bun with one?

    I'm worried sick if it is, because of Noah's age (he's 7 1/2) & because he doesn't tolerate being given meds at all. He's a very much a cuddle bun, but when it comes to being handled for meds etc, he gets so stressed

    Any advice anyone has got would be very much appreciated
    Amy has a lot of expertise with jaw abcesses. Good luck! xx

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    I've never dealt with a jaw abcess ,so no advice I'm afraid ,but sending lots of vibes for Noah.x
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    Poor Noah. I hope he gets well soon.

    With regards to the meds, Robert's been being a little with his oral antibiotics lately. He tolerates his eye cleaning routine, but the syringe in the mouth has been a struggle as he'd had a break from orals and was on topical. Anyway, my other half sits on the stairs with him cuddling, and I sit behind and very sneakily shove it in before he's realised. He doesn't have time to get stressed this way and he's fine after.

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    Thank you lily for letting me know about Tinkerbell & her thread - I'll have a read of it now

    Thanks Laura, I did think of Amy - I'll pm her later for some advice

    Thanks for the vibes Davina, we really appreciate them

    Thanks for the tip about meds Gertie In the past I've given Noah meds in his food, as he's a single bun - but it's the thought of any cleaning etc of an abcess wound that really, really worries me Noah would completely freak! Lots of snuggles for Robert

    I just really hope we can sort this for Noah. Mark tells me I need to stop worrying until we know what's what, but that's easier said than done Noah is such a special boy, I can't bear for him to be poorly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunnyaddict View Post
    Thank you lily for letting me know about Tinkerbell & her thread - I'll have a read of it now

    Thanks Laura, I did think of Amy - I'll pm her later for some advice

    Thanks for the vibes Davina, we really appreciate them

    Thanks for the tip about meds Gertie In the past I've given Noah meds in his food, as he's a single bun - but it's the thought of any cleaning etc of an abcess wound that really, really worries me Noah would completely freak! Lots of snuggles for Robert

    I just really hope we can sort this for Noah. Mark tells me I need to stop worrying until we know what's what, but that's easier said than done Noah is such a special boy, I can't bear for him to be poorly
    We didn't have to clean Tinkerbell's abscess wound at all, the antibiotic balls that were sewn into the wound kept it clean and stopped it getting infected in any way.

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    Poor Mr Noah

    There are several approaches to managing jaw abscesses if that is what it is. Alot will depend on the extent of the infection-just soft tissue, or soft tissue and boney involvement (osteomyelitis). Getting a culture from the abscess wall would help identify the most appropriate abx for your Vet to prescribe. Sometimes a combo of a Penicillin (Injections only) alongside Metronidazole can help contain the infection. Surgical excision is usually preferable,aswell as skull radiographs to assess the tooth roots, jawbone etc. But of course this may not always be possible if the individual Rabbit is a particularly high risk for a GA. So sometimes just opening the abscess and debriding as much as possible is all that can be achieved. The cavity can then be packed with Manuka Honey. Daily cleaning and repacking of the cavity would then be required along with longterm systemic abx and analgesia.

    This link may be useful

    http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/Skin_di...management.PDF
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    No technical advice but sending loads of vibes for your very special Noah
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