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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarahbun View Post
    Hello Jane,
    No, not ruled out bladder problems, so will make sure that's covered.
    When he's well he produces regular/ round uniform size and shape golden poop. (having read the links from MightyMax - just to add, his poo is not watery or spongy, but dry. I've never seen his cecotropes (he eats them and has never left any in trays etc.) and he hasn't had a mucky bum in the time I've cared for him and RSPCA didn't mention this as having been a problem for him). When he first came to live with us he did have a couple of occasions when he produced a tiny (by this I mean spots) of brown liquid with his poo, but I took pellets out of his diet and he hasn't produced anything similar since).

    He is agouti colour.
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    Well given that your Vet has done an abdominal Xray I doubt that bladder sludge is an issue as that is usually evident on Xrays. But Urinary Tract problems can present as intermittent abdominal pain/anorexia, so I thought I'd flag it up. Hopefully the Specialist will be able to take bloods, that would be my next request I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack's-Jane View Post
    Well given that your Vet has done an abdominal Xray I doubt that bladder sludge is an issue as that is usually evident on Xrays. But Urinary Tract problems can present as intermittent abdominal pain/anorexia, so I thought I'd flag it up. Hopefully the Specialist will be able to take bloods, that would be my next request I think.
    Thanks Jane.
    I'll make sure that they do. I think my regular vet wanted to (and tried) but Rocky's blood pressure was low so they were unable to draw enough blood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarahbun View Post
    Thanks Jane.
    I'll make sure that they do. I think my regular vet wanted to (and tried) but Rocky's blood pressure was low so they were unable to draw enough blood.

    Many vets find it very difficult to draw blood from a rabbit. Not unusual. In fact there's only one vet I know of who can do it, always, every time.

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    Quick update, we're going to be referred to Rutland House (where Molly Varga heads up their Exotic Specialist Unit!).
    I just told Rocky that he's 'going to see a lady who's one of the best rabbit vets in the UK' he looked at me for a moment before carrying on with his hay

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarahbun View Post
    Quick update, we're going to be referred to Rutland House (where Molly Varga heads up their Exotic Specialist Unit!).
    I just told Rocky that he's 'going to see a lady who's one of the best rabbit vets in the UK' he looked at me for a moment before carrying on with his hay
    Molly should feel honoured to meet Rocky !!

    I hope all will go well for him xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarahbun View Post
    Quick update, we're going to be referred to Rutland House (where Molly Varga heads up their Exotic Specialist Unit!).
    I just told Rocky that he's 'going to see a lady who's one of the best rabbit vets in the UK' he looked at me for a moment before carrying on with his hay

    Hehe, Rocky sounds a dear

    Just how I would be -'oh OK? You've arranged the best for me? Ok, munch munch '

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    Have you tried elimination diet? It's what I did with my bun who had intermittent stasis and turns out it was the brambles I was giving him that was causing it

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    I've had the same issues with my boy Sylar. He had bloods, xrays, a CT and an ultrasound which all came back clear except for a chest infection.
    We have linked it back to his diet and since stopping pellets he is much better but still has the odd episode. We think he just has a very sensitive tummy.
    Molly is excellent and it's who we took Sy too. She was very frustrated because she couldn't get to the root of the problem. I hope you have more luck with Rocky!
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    Just thought I would let you know we took Mr Pickle to a vet today who has RWAF gold recommendation. She did such a thorough examination and unfortunately she noticed three things (our previous vet had not noticed any of these). She found a mass in his lower abdomen near his liver and spleen), she said his inner eyelids were pale and his bowel sounds were significantly louder than normal (like they were trying to compensate). She has suggested he have x-rays and ultrasound under GA next week. At the moment he is eating and pooping but still belly rubbing the ground every so often. We have him booked in next week (just shy of 500! -starting to wish we had insurance now) and then we will decide next steps e.g.surgery or not. It's really tough, he is at least 6 years old and as he seems so well the majority of the time it's going to be a tough decision as to how far we go and risks of surgery if needed. We'll cross that bridge when we come to it. I know are other rabbits have had gas on and off but never to such an extent and certainly not the increasing pattern of occurrence like we are seeing with Mr Pickle. I hope you see a good vet and fingers crossed the outcome is a positive one x
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    Quote Originally Posted by Compass View Post
    Just thought I would let you know we took Mr Pickle to a vet today who has RWAF gold recommendation. She did such a thorough examination and unfortunately she noticed three things (our previous vet had not noticed any of these). She found a mass in his lower abdomen near his liver and spleen), she said his inner eyelids were pale and his bowel sounds were significantly louder than normal (like they were trying to compensate). She has suggested he have x-rays and ultrasound under GA next week. At the moment he is eating and pooping but still belly rubbing the ground every so often. We have him booked in next week (just shy of 500! -starting to wish we had insurance now) and then we will decide next steps e.g.surgery or not. It's really tough, he is at least 6 years old and as he seems so well the majority of the time it's going to be a tough decision as to how far we go and risks of surgery if needed. We'll cross that bridge when we come to it. I know are other rabbits have had gas on and off but never to such an extent and certainly not the increasing pattern of occurrence like we are seeing with Mr Pickle. I hope you see a good vet and fingers crossed the outcome is a positive one x

    Oh gosh, what a position to be in Compass.

    I wish you had insurance too. Be good to know what you're dealing with though.

    A mixed blessing seeing a savvy vet .. financially speaking anyway.

    Vibes for Mr Pickle x

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