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    My usual vet went on maternity leave & isn't coming back.
    I temporarily transferred to one of her colleagues. I thought OK for the basics.
    This is my list:
    "Benjie is obese" on the basis of weight gain of 200Gm & no examination at all. His spine is easily palpable, ribs palpable beneath a thin layer of subcut tissue, no dewlap. He's very large boned at the rear end, huge back feet, mixed breed with probably a lot of Beveran in him judging by his huge curved ears.
    A different vet - seen because his deformed nail was too long told me he needed jaw a XR (He's a pasteurella bunny) When I asked what the point was as his teeth hadn't needed much attention, she said "If there's tooth root elongation we'll extract the tooth" I nearly fainted on the spot -don't see that one again!

    Now we've stasis issues. It's so simple he's a stress bun anyway. Foxes have returned to the garden, doing a territorial poop directly under the open bedroom window & attacking the guineapigs next door.
    Vet told me Benjie had a high temp 39.4 I asked if it could be a recent journey in a very hot car "Far too high for that". She couldn't find a focus of infection. Tested for dehydration by skin tenting - ignored his dry mouth when she looked at his teeth, didn't check his ears. then told me off for not feeding him properly. She thre a packet of burgess excel herbs at me "that's proper rabbit food"

    Med's given1 off infection of metacam & ABx . Zantac to gove orally at home, no metaclop in the dispensary,& I had to ask specifically for Septrin because it had been proven to be highly effective for his type of snuffles.
    I came home & sobbed my heart out. He's already had the infection spread throughout his bloodstream with 2 abscesses at the same time. Obviously I thought it was happening again.
    So she rounded on me for not feeding him properly threw a pack of Burgess Excel herbs at me "that's proper rabbit food" There were dried coltsoot flowers & some bits! I'd never give dried compositae flowers on the disc it's hard as stone & could break a tooth. That cost me 70.

    The cause of stasis -fox hasn't gone away, it's kinda up & down. I got a new vet today -seeing her on fri.
    I feel totally crushed & it's all been totally unnecessary.
    Why are vets so unreasonable?

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    Poor little Benjie and poor you.

    Are there any other vets nearby that anyone from here can recommend. You certainly need someone who knows their stuff with him. You're brilliant with your knowledge but when you know more than the vet you need to find a better one. One that works with you. My specialist always says it's a team effort to get Doughnut well.

    I really hope your new vet is a lot better. I've cried a lot over vets not knowing what's wrong and telling me she is OK when I knew she wasn't.

    Once you find one you can trust and knows their stuff it's such a relief.

    Lots of love and luck. You can always pm me if you want a rant or shoulder to cry on. xx

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    Oh Judy I am so sorry you had such a rubbish time. As suggested are there other vets in the area? If not maybe an ok one who is willing to listen and take on suggestions/ideas/learn?

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    Thank you so much both of you.
    Yes, I know what it's like from before with Thumper C Payne. 2 vets came so close to killing him with their arrogance, but I had that wonderful 3 years with Marie.
    I don't expect ever to have that relationship again. She has outstanding clinical judgement - truely gifted combined with a very deep understanding of rabbits. It was an amazing 3 years where I did the nursing & food provision, Thumper showed us what he needed & we both listened to him.

    I'll never forget one morning when he needed a dental & was booked in a midday. He went up to his food & threw it out of the bowl = "I can't eat it although I'm hungry". I said "OK little fella just hang on, we're seeing Marie soon, she'll sort it out for you."

    Yes, I've checked with my old vets round the corner. They have a rabbit specialist now. I may have to run around to branch surgeries a bit. I just have to confirm what access is like.
    Of course once I get talking rabbits I can't stop. I was telling the receptionist about how they chose what they need & medicate themselves from wild plants & she seemed spell bound with lots of "OH wow's" The big question is whether the vet will listen & knows her stuff. Will she team with me as I do the nursing care, & come up with the goodies when needed?

    Benjie's just produced a nice pile of poops for me. I'm letting him do some "self service" eating from forage boxes under the bed. I guess he feels safer in his under the bed "burrow". He actually feels safer still if I'm on top of the bed. Munching starts as soon as I hit the pillow!

    I'm so so fingers crossed this vet will be OK. We'll be seeing her on Fri for introductions. I also hope Benjie keeps going 'till then.

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    I'm so sorry. We moved practices three times whn my rabbit savvy vet left. I've just moved house but will not leave my existing vets as I know how hard it is to find a good one. I hope you manage to find one that works for you soon.

    Ref the fox have you tried a fox watch. Fingers crossed its working well for us at the mo.
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    Well that is sounding more positive already. Hopefully this vet is good and you will have marie back very soon.

    Please keep me posted. X

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    Did Marie not mentor anyone before she went?

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    Really hope on Friday the vets is so much better. Fingers and toes crossed.

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    Oh I'm so sorry you had to go through that today I've been thinking a lot lately about the worrying number of vets that haven't a clue about rabbits there should be a campaign for all vet students to receive a proper grounding in rabbit medicine and surgery. I just can't understand why they are taught so little!
    I go hope you find a vet who will work with you x


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    Im so sorry to hear Benji is not doing well....I didnt realise he was struggling so. :-( I also wondered if Marie mentored anyone before she left? How frustrating...Im holding thumbs for you this new vet is brilliant...I really pray they are!
    He sounds like he adores his underbed burrow! lol! Bless him!
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