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    If youíre Hampshire way Iíd strongly suggest giving John Chitty at Anton vets a call. Heís a rabbit specialist and Iíve always found his costs reasonable


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    Iíve never known a rescue to put down a rabbit that is otherwise healthy.

    Amandaís offer at ARC is amazing! Or try the vets that nap has suggested. Bunny needs x ray ASAP to determine IF itís a break.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nap91 View Post
    If youíre Hampshire way Iíd strongly suggest giving John Chitty at Anton vets a call. Heís a rabbit specialist and Iíve always found his costs reasonable


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    I would second this. He's also an excellent vet

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    Honestly if I could afford it I would get him the treatment but I just donít have hundreds of pounds for X-rays and surgery. I feel so guilty that I canít do anymore for him. I am going to phone around a few rescue centres tomorrow and see if they can help and if it means I have to give him up for adoption so that he gets the help he needs then that is what I will have to do. My children will be devastated weíve only had him for two weeks I just stupidly didnít get round to insuring him yet.

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    Unfortunately Andover is to far away for me as I donít drive. I am in Southampton, Hampshire

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    One of my bunnies dislocated his hock when he was quite young - he had it pinned and recovered really well with no issues. Rabbits cope very well on 3 legs if need be so I'm a little surprised that the vet isn't willing to consider amputation in addition to your other options. If you leave it to heal, there may well be problems in future if the bones don't fuse together properly, or at the wrong angle etc so personally I wouldn't advise it.

    Whatever you decide (speaking to a rescue, seeking a second opinion etc) pain relief is really important. Rabbits are very good at hiding pain (my bunny was already trying to bear weight on his foot by the time we got him to the vet, for example, despite the injury).

    As already said, there are many reputable rescues out there who would only put a bunny to sleep when there is absolutely no other option. Animal Rescue & Care have been running for a long while and are well known on the forum. Please do consider Barn Yard Bunnies offer (you can chat with her via private message if you prefer).

    Other than that, I agree that it would be worth seeking a second opinion.

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    I'm very sorry you're in this situation. Is there any other vets you are able to get to that you could call for their advice/estimates on the cost? I have seen a few rabbits with various breaks/fractures come through work (at a vets) and most had them repaired or one had the leg amputated, I would be worried the pain relief isn't quite enough to be honest. I hope it doesn't come to you having to allow a rescue to rehome your rabbit, but if it does it would be a very caring thing you would do for him putting his best interests first. All the best x

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    Southampton Rabbit Rescue is very good.

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    Just got back from the vets, I took my three foster hamsters for a check. ARC don't put animals down, we don't have a centre like the RSPCA it is fully run by volunteers and all animals are fostered in people's private homes. If they can't be adopted for either behaviour or physical reasons they become permanent fosters. I have one girl who is permanent because she attacked people. I've had her a year and she has calmed down. She doesn't like strangers so happily lives here where no one bothers her.

    I don't drive either but my hamster friend does, I am sure she could collect from you and bring her to me. Most rescues are full as we are but I would classify your bunny as an emergency.

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    Iím so sorry that you are in this situation. Youíve been given lots of good advice, if I was in your situation I would borrow money or often vets do offer payment plans. Iím also surprised the vet didnít suggest amputation as an option. Is your vet rabbit savvy, an exotics specialist?

    If you canít do that, then I would suggest letting a rescue take him, so that he can get treatment ASAP.

    As has already been said, he does need the pain relief youíve got him.

    ETA, as has already been said, ARC and other rescues like them donít PTS unless as a last resort.

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