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    My rabbit has received several bites from another rabbit including a couple of nasty deep ones, one of which has gone to the bone, and an abscess. I've not had much experience in abscesses before (everything but) the last time being over 20 years ago when I was a less experienced rabbit owner.
    Everything I have read about them seems quite negative, very difficult to treat, may need surgery, may reoccur etc. The vet said its healing well but I'm really quite worried about this and the deep bite. She's on a course of antibiotics and metacam and I've put Vaseline all round the skin to keep it moist.
    The abscess is on the right side of her body.
    Any positive feedback would be much appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beatrix Potter View Post
    Hi
    My rabbit has received several bites from another rabbit including a couple of nasty deep ones, one of which has gone to the bone, and an abscess. I've not had much experience in abscesses before (everything but) the last time being over 20 years ago when I was a less experienced rabbit owner.
    Everything I have read about them seems quite negative, very difficult to treat, may need surgery, may reoccur etc. The vet said its healing well but I'm really quite worried about this and the deep bite. She's on a course of antibiotics and metacam and I've put Vaseline all round the skin to keep it moist.
    The abscess is on the right side of her body.
    Any positive feedback would be much appreciated!
    I am sorry to hear about your Rabbit's injury. Can you give a bit more detail about the exact location of the abscess, the treatment the Vet has given so far- eg was it thoroughly cleaned out/debrided (under sedation/GA) ? You mention that there is infection in the bone, were Xrays taken to assess the extent ?

    What antibiotics is she on and was the choice of abx based on results of swabs taken from the abscess wall (to identify the exact bacteria involved and the most appropriate abx to prescribe) ?

    Are you flushing out the abscess daily ? This is usually essential, the abscess is then often packed with medical grade manuka honey. I have recently had to do this for a Rescue Rabbit who sustained a severe bite wound. As you probably know, it is important that the abscess does not close over but heals from the base/inside out. If it closes over before the deep damaged tissue is healed it is likely to seal in bacteria allowing the abscess to re-establish itself. It can also result in infection tracking inwards.

    You may have already come across these links

    https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/rabbit-h...rther-reading/

    http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/Skin_di...in_abscess.htm

    http://www.rabbitadvocates.org/newsl.../Spring_13.pdf

    *WARNING -graphic images on this link*
    http://wildpro.twycrosszoo.org/S/00d...on_rabbits.htm



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    Thanks Jane. Absess is on right shoulder. Its just been washed with what I assume was saline. There have been no xrays. She’s on a 2 week course of septrim. Absesess isn’t being flushed out, nothing seemed to want to come out of it last time they tried.
    Thanks, I think I’ve looked at a couple of those links but will take a look.

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    My vet had me washing/irrigating the bites reopening them/loosening the scabs whilst there was still a lump under them with Hibiscrub (chlorhexidene) every day but they were relatively small and localised. Hope your bunny improves soon x

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    Thanks Julia. I have put some manuka honey on both abscess and bad bite this evening but I think she's licked it all off Vet said to go back again in 5-7 days, will make it 5 if not shorter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beatrix Potter View Post
    Thanks Julia. I have put some manuka honey on both abscess and bad bite this evening but I think she's licked it all off Vet said to go back again in 5-7 days, will make it 5 if not shorter!
    Personally I'd take Bunny back to the Vet this week as if there is an actual abscess it may need surgical intervention. Can you post a photo of the wounds ?



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    Yes it will be this week. I'll try and get a photo later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beatrix Potter View Post
    Yes it will be this week. I'll try and get a photo later.
    OK, I'll pop back later x



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    Sorry not the best photos

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    Obviously it's impossible to be certain from looking at a photo, but all the wounds do look to be healing. I'd pop back to the Vet today and ask if he/she can have a look at them again and also if the one in the final image can be cleaned up a bit more, getting rid of the mucky fur that is still attached if possible. I would ask the Vet if you should flush the wounds with sterile saline daily and then plug them with manuka honey. The wound in image 1 looks to be the deepest, a puncture wound, and this type of wound is more likely to form an abscess as they often heal over the top before the underlying tissue has healed. This can seal in bacteria, as I mentioned in a previous post.

    I do hope that Bunny will eventually heal xx



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