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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaypw86 View Post
    Honestly if I could afford it I would get him the treatment but I just don’t have hundreds of pounds for X-rays and surgery. I feel so guilty that I can’t 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 we’ve only had him for two weeks I just stupidly didn’t get round to insuring him yet.

    You are certainly faced with an extremely difficult situation. I know you really want to do your best for him and if your position were different you could afford to have him treated.
    Yes, of course your children will be upset, as will you, but - thinking of your little rabbit - Barn Yard Bunnies offer of help seems to be the very best option. I know she will ensure that he gets the treatment he needs and will be fostered out to live with someone, either temporarily or permanently if necessary. She has even offered to help with the transport arrangements. You don’t need the heartache of phoning round Rescues, you already have an amazing offer of help from someone trustworthy and knowledgeable.

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    Thank you all for your advice. I wish the rescue centres could do his treatment and then bring him back to us I donít understand why he has to then be adopted out when he already had a loving family. I think I am going to have to look into payment plans for his treatment because I just donít have the heart to give him up. Please be assured I will not let him suffer and have his best interests at heart. The vet I went to today is the pdsa, I donít think treatment gets much cheaper than that, which is why I havenít really contacted anyone else. She said I had the option to take him home with pain relief and see how he does as she has seen rabbits with the same break heal on their own and live normal lives. Or she said I could put him to sleep. I asked did she think he would be in a lot of pain if I took him home, she said no, because he was eating and drinking and walking around fine. She advised if he got worse obviously to go back and we would have to either operate or pts. Pts isnít an option for me I will do my best to help him first and raise the funds somehow, but if I canít then I will need to contact a rescue.

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    Barn Yard Bunnies...are you able to private message me? Iím not sure how it works

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaypw86 View Post
    Barn Yard Bunnies...are you able to private message me? I’m not sure how it works
    Yes, when I message you at the top of the screen it will show you have a message. If you go to messages you click on message. Don't feel bad, we are not here to judge but help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barn Yard Bunnies View Post
    Yes, when I message you at the top of the screen it will show you have a message. If you go to messages you click on message. Don't feel bad, we are not here to judge but help.
    Thank you. I will wait for your message

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    Sent a message. If you don't hear from me for about an hour, I'm charging my tablet and making dinner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaypw86 View Post
    Thank you. I will wait for your message
    I do hope you will allow ARC to help. I have adopted numerous Rabbits from them and they most definitely NEVER PTS unless it is for humane reasons. They NEVER do so if there is a chance of treating the animal to enable him/her to go on to have a good quality of life. One of my ARC Rabbits broke his leg. The Vets ARC use carried out surgery, as the fracture was severe and irreparable the leg was amputated. The Bunny went on to have a happy life for the next 8 years.


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    Glad you're considering payment plans, I hope a vet will work with you.

    Would the vets that ARC use consider letting you do a payment plan maybe? One less animal in rescue that way, considering your bunny already has a happy home.

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    I'm glad you've been messaging barn yard bunnies and hopefully together you can find the best way forward.

    Just to add that the PDSA aren't necessarily the cheapest when you need to pay for treatment - they offer subsidised treatment for those who qualify and for just one animal but outside of that prices seem to be 'going rate' and maybe more - so, if you do decide to fund the op yourself it would still be worth asking around. Vets should be able to give you a ballpark figure without seeing your rabbit.

    You could also look into interest free credit cards if you can't get a payment plan with the vet. Some of them give you up to 30 mths interest free so, if you paid something off each month, you could clear the debt long before interest kicks in.

    Best of luck with whatever you decide. Xx

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    My bridge bun Cherry broke her leg in 2015. It was out of hours and the emergency mobile number for my vet was on voicemail and no one called me back. I found a vet prepared to see her and they suggested PTS but agreed to refer her to a specialist - John Chitty. I took her to Andover the following day and John set the leg by fitting a piece of metal inside.
    I moved her inside to the kitchen with her husbun Hovis. The leg did not set properly and had to be amputated. The amputation then became infected and had to be redone.

    In between all this I had a hysterectomy so was unable to drive. It was all a nightmare and the total cost, which included Hovis who also became poorly, was £2500. She wasn't insured. I had help from friends and members of RU and John agreed to let me pay the last part monthly.

    I fostered Cherry whilst I was recovering from the hysterectomy so she was well cared for while I was unable to lift or bend.

    The stump was continually sore and bleeding no matter what I tried - even special flooring in their pen in the kitchen. Eventually, with the agreement of John, I had her PTS at a local vet as it wasn't fair to her to continue with the treatment. Her quality of life was too poor.

    I still worry I did the wrong thing by not having her PTS sooner. I work in a call centre - I don't get paid a lot - so £2500 was a fortune to me but I thought I had to give Cherry a chance. John is awesome and I know no vet would have been able to save the leg when he couldn't.

    Her break was a bad break though and she was clearly in considerable pain before I took her to the OOH vet. There was absolutely no way that I could have left the leg untreated. It was very different to your scenario.

    I know many buns do recover and have a good quality of life, even as tripod bunnies and, in your position, I would give your bun every chance.

    I am on annual leave at the moment and also live in Hampshire. If Barn Yard Bunnies friend couldn't transport your bun to ARC straight away I could do it today, tomorrow afternoon/evening or Sunday morning.

    Sending lots of vibes for a positive outcome for your little man xxx

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