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    Hello, we have abscess on the leg finger. Who has any experience with abscess on finger? What methods worked for you to get rid off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewst View Post
    Hello, we have abscess on the leg finger. Who has any experience with abscess on finger? What methods worked for you to get rid off?
    Has your Rabbit been seen by a Vet. Abscesses often require surgical treatment and obviously antibiotics and pain relief are essential.


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    Quote Originally Posted by InspectorMorse View Post
    Has your Rabbit been seen by a Vet. Abscesses often require surgical treatment and obviously antibiotics and pain relief are essential.
    Yes, but our rabbit is 12 years old, and they don't recommend because of anesthesia... maybe is there any local anesthesia can be applied?

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    Any appropriate treatment would need to be provided by a vet - it's not something you can diagnose and treat without professional advice or prescription drugs. Your vet will take the rabbit's age and general health into consideration. Rabbit abscesses are different to other species - they are usually filled with a thick white gunk which does not drain freely (which is why they tend to need surgery to remove the capsule). As Jane says, you are likely to need some surgical intervention, antibiotics and pain relief. Abscesses don't get better by themselves, will be painful on a foot, and may result eg in the rabbit stopping eating, which is life threatening when they go into gut statis. As prey animals, they tend to hide any symptoms until they are very poorly.

    12 years is a really good age, and your rabbit deserves proper treatment. Let us know how you get on.

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    Thanks Shimmer for reply. Thats why we are writing here to get more opinions and options on this topic. Our VET said that he is 12 years old and we can't risk to do an anesthesia for him... so I wanted to ask is there any local anesthesia for surgery like that? Like to make only insensitive leg for a moment for surgery and not to do anesthesia for a whole body.

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    Is he getting any treatment? Antibiotics? Pain relief? Has it defintely been diagnosed as an abscess, rather than eg a cyst?
    If your vet won't treat it, I would look for a vet with more experience in treating rabbits. Age in itself would not preclude the use of anaesthetics - blood tests can be done beforehand to ensure the organ functions are within normal ranges and therefore the anaesthetic shouldn't be a bigger risk than usual - although there are never any guarantees. The problem with rabbits is that they are prey animals and get stressed very easily, so it may not be possible to use a local anaesthetic for this procedure.

    If you say what area you are in, someone may be able to recommend a vet.

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    So is your Rabbit currently receiving any treatment at all ?


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    Yes we are giving pain reliever everyday, meloxicam 0.5mg - 0.9ml / day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewst View Post
    Yes we are giving pain reliever everyday, meloxicam 0.5mg - 0.9ml / day.
    How much does your Rabbit weigh ? If you have the Cat Meloxicam- 0.5mg/ml then that is a tiny dose and unlikely to be of any benefit.

    If you have the Dog Meloxicam- 1.5mg/ml then the dose sounds to be more reasonable

    If the Vet suspected it is an abscess then whilst he/she has advised against surgery why did he/she not prescribe an antibiotic ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by InspectorMorse View Post
    How much does your Rabbit weigh ? If you have the Cat Meloxicam- 0.5mg/ml then that is a tiny dose and unlikely to be of any benefit.

    If you have the Dog Meloxicam- 1.5mg/ml then the dose sounds to be more reasonable

    If the Vet suspected it is an abscess then whilst he/she has advised against surgery why did he/she not prescribe an antibiotic ?
    Our rabbit weights only 1.2kg, and he is weak at the moment because on March he got a bladder stone surgery.

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