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    Hello,

    I am looking for advice from anyone who has had a bunny with a broken leg before?
    I have taken my 3 month old bunny to the vets this morning and they confirmed what I feared, that he has a broken leg. The break is by the ankle so his foot is floppy and cannot bear weight on it. He is eating, drinking and hopping around fine and doesnít seem to be in much pain. The vet suggested surgery which would cost over £500 which I just cannot afford at the moment. She also suggested that I could take him home with pain relief and see how he does in a week or so. She said that because he seems himself and is eating and drinking then she thinks he could manage with the pain relief. Where the break is she also said that it should be able to heal on its own but she cannot be 100%. She also suggested euthanasia, which I considered because obviously I donít want him to be suffering and in pain but she seemed to think he wouldnít be to much and that it was worth a try. However, if the break doesnít heal he probably will need to be euthanised unless I can pay for surgery but itís highly unlikely as my circumstances at the moment just wonít allow that. Now he is in a very small hutch so keeping him refined as the vet suggested, he has food and water and soft bedding. I just wondered if anyone else had experienced this before and if their rabbit healed and went on to be ok or not? I want to be hopeful but at the same time donít want to get my hopes up. Any advice or stories of a similar situation would be appreciated. Thanks

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    Where are you located ? Perhaps a different vet ? I don't know how much amputation costs but that does sound high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barn Yard Bunnies View Post
    Where are you located ? Perhaps a different vet ? I don't know how much amputation costs but that does sound high.

    ^^^^^^^^^^
    this and also has the Vet immobilised the ankle ?

    Are you eligible for any subsidised Veterinary care via the Blue Cross/ PDSA/RSPCA

    https://www.pdsa.org.uk/taking-care-...et/eligibility

    https://www.bluecross.org.uk/veterinary

    https://www.rspca.org.uk/whatwedo/care/vetcare

    https://www.vets-now.com/2018/02/help-with-vet-bills/


    Reference links for various Rabbit health problems
    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...ealth-Problems

    The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) ~ The UK's Biggest Organisation for Rabbit Lovers https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/

    Animal Rescue and Care (ARC) SW London
    https://animalrescueandcare.org.uk/

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    She said she wouldnít amputate and it would be surgery to fix it, self healing with rest & pain relief or euthanasia

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    The vet hasnít done anything to the ankle. She said it is probably a fracture but without doing x rays canít be sure. I am with the pdsa but because I already have a cat registered with them I have to pay a concessionary amount for the second animal. I asked if I could take my cat off and wouldnít bring him to them if they could just treat the rabbit but they said no. She said he seems ok and should heal but obviously just have to wait and see. It was really upsetting as obviously I donít want to give up on him, canít afford expensive treatment but at the same time I donít want him to suffer or be in pain. He has a liquid pain relief that I need t give him once or twice a day depending how he is.

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    I know this may sound extreme but if you gave him to a rescue, they would get him treated. You would have to give him up permanently though.

    Are you in the UK ?

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    If I gave him to a rescue they would probably euthanise him. I canít see that they would go through the expense of surgery they are short for funds as it is. I have spoken to the head vet again for advice and she said to see how he goes over the weekend with pain relief and she will call me on Monday and see where we go from there. Without x rays it is hard to tell how bad the break is so I think I will have to find the funds from somewhere for the X-rays just to see what we are dealing with. I only took the rabbit in to help someone out who couldnít look after it properly. Have given him a lovely hutch and run he is well looked after and now this

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    I volunteer and foster for a rescue, we don't enthanise, unless an animal was dying or was suffering and nothing could be done. We have had a few amputations and they have always been successful.

    It's called Animal Rescue and Care Twickenham. You can Google the details.

    It's an option you can consider, I know two people in Hampshire, one is a hamster friend of mine who comes to London most weekends to see her daughter.

    I can reassure you that ARC wouldn't put your rabbit down for just a broken leg.

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