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    As many of you know I have been concerned about Spenser's eating. His vet has assured me he is fine, and he is certainly not behaving like an unwell rabbit other than by very selective eating. I really like Spenser's vet, and she did examine him very carefully last week. She said he was a good size, which suggests he is getting enough to eat. If I do decide it is necessary, how do you go about seeking a second opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by susie bun View Post
    As many of you know I have been concerned about Spenser's eating. His vet has assured me he is fine, and he is certainly not behaving like an unwell rabbit other than by very selective eating. I really like Spenser's vet, and she did examine him very carefully last week. She said he was a good size, which suggests he is getting enough to eat. If I do decide it is necessary, how do you go about seeking a second opinion.
    Just seek out another vet, recommendations on somebody rabbit savvy would be useful and then book a consultation. I'd be totally upfront with the new vet about what you are doing and why.

    I had a similar situation with Esme. She went for a spay and stopped breathing when put under anaesthetic. The original vet didn't want to try again, I wanted her spayed if at all possible. I decided to consult FHB, I just booked, turned up and explained. I know the original vet is really good as are a lot of his colleagues but I just felt I needed more expert opinion. (Esme was spayed with no problem). I've ended up mainly using the rabbit savvy vets, not because there's anything wrong with the others just that 'the best' is only 20 miles away - so why not.

    I'd definitely seek a second opinion in your case, even if just for peace of mind.
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    I think it's worth being careful, vets generally won't go against each other much like GP's - it's not professional and they will need to contact your existing vet for his notes / history, if your really concerned about it then you must do it but, be careful about your reason for doing it, maybe say it's easier to get to or something like that - either way your still getting a second opinion if you say that you'd like to discuss the treatment he's had and whether or not there is anything that's been missed. It sounds like Spenser is OK though what do you think has been missed?


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    I don't know how to do a link to the thread, but a few people think that Spenser may have hidden dental issues that would only show up under GA. His vet felt all round his mouth and looked at his eyes, as well as in his mouth with the light thing. I think I will take her advice and call them back in the first instance if he is still as fussy in a couple of weeks. I actually quite respect her for not giving him a prescription she felt sure he didn't need and would only cause him stress.

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    I would just be up front with your vet and say that you are still concerned that there is something going on, and ask for a second opinion - this can either be another vet at the same practice, or, with their consent, taking the bun somewhere else. This is different to a referral; a second opinion is simply getting another vet to examine the animal and say what they think - whereas a referral (which is usually more expensive) actually refers the animal's care to another more experienced/specialised vet for treatment for something.

    I would still lay money on the fact that there's something up with his teeth that can't be seen without GA and might be resolvable if the teeth are thoroughly checked while neutering if that's something you're still planning for fairly soon. Santa regularly (as in about fortnightly) used to go to the vets with her snuffles and her teeth were checked every time, but it was only when she went under GA for a dental that the vet discovered a spur had grown right out sideways into her cheek - there's no way that could have been seen on a conscious rabbit. Changes in eating habits are usually a giveaway for a dental problem as different foods feel different in the mouth so sometimes one type or another makes it feel odd/hurts and another doesn't.

    Personally I would be worried about leaving it for another couple of weeks to see how he goes, because if there's enough of an irritation that he's being selective with food now, if it is his teeth, as they continue to grow, he could suddenly crash and go into stasis, and then you'd be in the situation of needing to have an emergency GA on an already unwell bunny

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    i would just go to new trustworthy vet and say, hi im coming to you for a second opinion, have seen my own vet previously and they werent sure whata was causing the issue can you see what you think ?

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    Vets will tell other vets what you have said, so be aware of this, and you may not be able to go back to your old vet if in the end you prefer them.

    Some people do seem to use more than one vet though, but they most likely do not say anything bad about the other vets, the problem is though if one vet starts treatment you would have to continue going I would think as it could be harmful to receive treatment from two different surgerys.

    Are there other vets at your surgery? I would be honest with your vet, she may ask one of the partners to have a look at Spenser if she feels you think that she is missing something.

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    I researched a rabbit vet for Eric as i knew he wasn't right even though he was receiving treatment from 2 vets at the same practise.

    I'm so glad I followed my gut instinct or my little man would not be here with me now.



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    Forgot to add, new vet obviously contacted old vet for Eric's records but there was no animosity towards us. That would be rather unprofessional! I did find however that the 2 vets at the same practice were unlikely to go against what a colleague was recommending.



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    Quote Originally Posted by VickiP View Post
    I think it's worth being careful, vets generally won't go against each other much like GP's - it's not professional and they will need to contact your existing vet for his notes / history, if your really concerned about it then you must do it but, be careful about your reason for doing it, maybe say it's easier to get to or something like that - either way your still getting a second opinion if you say that you'd like to discuss the treatment he's had and whether or not there is anything that's been missed. It sounds like Spenser is OK though what do you think has been missed?
    I can't see why a vet or GP wouldn't give a different opinion to a colleague if the colleague has missed something or simply doesn't have the expertise to have seen/suspect something. I'd consider it more unprofessional not to speak up/be thorough than to say nothing for the sake of a colleague's reputation (risking their own reputation in doing so). If you've given the first practitioner several opportunities to find something and they haven't and you're still convinced/concerned then I think it's perfectly reasonable to seek out a second opinion, as long as it's done in a tactful manner.
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