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    We may have to make a decision about Smudge soon She is a 9yo spayed rabbit.

    In December she was supposed to have a lump removed but the vet didn't want to do it because she was having breathing problems. We thought she had always breathed like this, but it would appear she actually has a problem. Antibiotics didn't change anything, but she was still happy eating, pooping, running around etc.

    This last couple weeks we noticed a chance and her breathing appeared worse, she would sit funny as if she couldn't support her back legs, and her mouth would be slightly open. She also looked like she had lost weight. This would be noticeable when resting, but other than that she was eating, running around and pooping as normal. We took her to the vet last week and they thought her breathing was worse and she had also lost a lot of weight. She then had 1 antibiotic injection.

    During the week nothing really changed and she has today had a second injection. She has an appointment next week for possibly a third injection but really the vet is thinking we may have to put to sleep if no improvement.

    Would you put a bunny to sleep if they were still happy eating and playful, even if they had breathing problems and was losing weight?
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    Sorry you're in this situation. I personally would be looking for a diagnosis first, has the vet mentioned what they think is causing the breathing problems? X rays may be able to look at Smudge's heart and lungs. My only experience of a rabbit with breathing problems was one who started to lose weight and be picked on by his companion, he was also sneezing. We tried to treat for suspected pasteurella first with different daily antibiotics but a couple of different antibiotics made me difference so he had a chest X ray which showed an enlarged heart and gave us a diagnosis of congestive heart failure following a visit to a specialist. He could then be put on the correct treatment and was kept comfortable. Same with a rat I had recently who through X ray got a diagnosis of heart failure.

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    They don't know what is wrong, and no tests have been done, they don't seem to think it is worth it as she is so old? Not sure what to think about that now. I have told the vets each time that she is happy, runs around, jumps, eats, poops, etc. but they are just so concerned about her breathing being laboured and the weight loss.

    Does x-ray involve going under GA? They won't put her under GA so not sure if she can have an x-ray.

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    How old is Smudge? For exotics the vets I've used have never used a GA for X rays, especially in cases of breathing problems.

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    She is 9. We could always ask about x ray next week I suppose. Don't they need the rabbit to be still for an x-ray?

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    Is she spayed ?


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    Bless her. Normally for exotics the vets manage by placing them in a secure 'container' padded with towels so they don't move too much. My dog has had many X rays without sedation/GA too, not sure how they manage that but they do! If she's otherwise well and happy I would consider further diagnostics for her, as it sounds like the injections may not be helping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smudgiebun View Post
    Yes she is.
    Sorry, I misread your OP. It is sometimes possible to obtain an Xray from a conscious Rabbit, but the images may not be conclusive and there are associated risks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack's-Jane View Post
    Sorry, I misread your OP. It is sometimes possible to obtain an Xray from a conscious Rabbit, but the images may not be conclusive and there are associated risks

    http://wildpro.twycrosszoo.org/S/00M...ng_Rabbits.htm
    Thanks for that link and it's OK you didn't misread, I edited the post after you asked

    I can't imagine Smudge staying still for an x-ray lol.

    It might also be cancer, she has a lump on her leg which is growing and I suppose it could have spread?

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