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    Hi everyone. So bellas been to vets. The strange thing is the vet I choose to see was found on the rabbit welfare site. She didnít know anything about it or being in there which was concerning. Anyway I said about suspected arthritis causing the issue & she agreed so bellas on metacalm for 2wks to see if it helps. She hasnít lost weight thank goodness as Iíd suspected. I now think maybe itís because sheís indoors & lost her thicker winter coat. Iím very paranoid about the rabbits so Iím thinking thatís why I felt she had. Also I said if this doesnít help I want tests done & a poo sample. The vet said that wouldnít tell us anything just that it was a cecotrope. Is this true as I had read samples were useful. She also said when I said about tests itís about what we can do, we can take bloods. So Iím confused & worried now because they should be able to do any test not just bloods. I thought because I found her on the site she was rabbit savvy. Anyway I just hope & pray metacalm sorts this out. Sheís on 10kg once a day & I already had it at home from lastime so didnít need more. I said about last time I couldnít get her to take a syringe so Iíd rather injection but vet said they only last 24hrs in injection. I do t give pellets but this was how I got her to take it before so vet said will need to do that again. She was no better on or off pellets so they werenít causing it. Do people think this sounds ok? Thank you xx


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    Also asked about an X-ray & she said it wouldnít do much as if it is arthritis then itís metacalm & they are difficult & expensive. I said it doesnít matter the cost to me as they are on insurance & I will pay whatever it costs either way. Bellas in for dental on 24th & this is for molar spurs again as ongoing issue. I feel a full dental X-ray should be done as what if sheís got problems underneath that canít be seen & causing pain & issues. Am I just being paranoid again or would people say this is a good idea to get done. I just want her mouth to be fully checked incase thereís issues with her roots or something & all sorts goes through my head! Xx


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    I would see if the metacam makes any difference and then see what the other options are and have a good discussion with a rabbit-savvy vet.
    Metacam can be given on food that will absorb it - so pellets, a shreddie, a small crouton-sized piece of bread, etc. Most rabbits quite like it and will take it willing from a syringe once they get used to it.

    Insurance may not pay out for dentals and associated X-rays without a good reason, so I would double check that it would be covered by the policy, or be prepared to pay it yourself. If shes having an anaesthetic anyway, it might be worth asking for x-rays of the spine / hips if suspected mobility issues, and the skull to check on tooth roots, if none have been done previously. Talk to your vet about whether it would provide anything useful which could help with future treatment.

    I don't think there's an age limit to arthritis in rabbits. Some seem quite old at 5 years, some of it is breeding / genetics, and some of it is their living conditions. If she's had a history of being confined and not been able to exercise properly, it could have an impact on mobility which will get more noticeable as she gets older.

    The grass advice does seem odd. Usually the advice is to cut out other processed food and increase grass / hay consumption, not reduce it - that's what keeps the teeth worn down and the guts healthy. It is their natural diet, after all. It's good that she's maintaining her weight.

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    I think it sounds fine. If metacam helps her then its a win, diagnostics obviously tell you what specific things are causing the pain but the end result is often the same - working out what drugs, doses & tweaks to her living arrangements will make her more comfy & able to get to her cecos. 2 weeks is a good assessment period. even if xrays confirmed where the arthritis was she'd still be on the same drugs. my vets don't go heavy on diagnostics unless it would potentially change the treatment path. Even bloods (while invaluable & I have requested many a time) can be a traumatic procedure for a stressy rabbit. I like to get the diagnostics done if they are having GA for another reason

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    The Rabbit Welfare Vet list is for a NAMED VET at a Practice. So just because you saw the Practice on the RWAF site you probably did not see the named Vet . Ask for the named Vet to do the Dental and personally I would request skull radiographs too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimmer View Post
    I would see if the metacam makes any difference and then see what the other options are and have a good discussion with a rabbit-savvy vet.
    Metacam can be given on food that will absorb it - so pellets, a shreddie, a small crouton-sized piece of bread, etc. Most rabbits quite like it and will take it willing from a syringe once they get used to it.

    Insurance may not pay out for dentals and associated X-rays without a good reason, so I would double check that it would be covered by the policy, or be prepared to pay it yourself. If shes having an anaesthetic anyway, it might be worth asking for x-rays of the spine / hips if suspected mobility issues, and the skull to check on tooth roots, if none have been done previously. Talk to your vet about whether it would provide anything useful which could help with future treatment.

    I don't think there's an age limit to arthritis in rabbits. Some seem quite old at 5 years, some of it is breeding / genetics, and some of it is their living conditions. If she's had a history of being confined and not been able to exercise properly, it could have an impact on mobility which will get more noticeable as she gets older.

    The grass advice does seem odd. Usually the advice is to cut out other processed food and increase grass / hay consumption, not reduce it - that's what keeps the teeth worn down and the guts healthy. It is their natural diet, after all. It's good that she's maintaining her weight.
    Morning shimmer, thank you for all your advice. Yes she took on pellets before & took lastnight so thatís good sheís taking it. The vet I saw was supposedly rabbit savvy as her name & another at the practice came up so booked with her. I will go with the metacalm for the 2 weeks to hope that it works for her. I donít think the insurance covers dental but not sure about X-rays. Im going to contact them about it & ask. Yes I think because she didnít get out much itís caused it for her xx


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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    I think it sounds fine. If metacam helps her then its a win, diagnostics obviously tell you what specific things are causing the pain but the end result is often the same - working out what drugs, doses & tweaks to her living arrangements will make her more comfy & able to get to her cecos. 2 weeks is a good assessment period. even if xrays confirmed where the arthritis was she'd still be on the same drugs. my vets don't go heavy on diagnostics unless it would potentially change the treatment path. Even bloods (while invaluable & I have requested many a time) can be a traumatic procedure for a stressy rabbit. I like to get the diagnostics done if they are having GA for another reason
    Morning, thank you. Yes hoping it will help her & sort things out. I guess Iím thinking to far ahead of the what ifs & need to focus on the metacalm for now in the hope it will sort it out. Iíll definitely be getting bloods done if not & further investigation. Bella seems quite good at vets so far bless her. Sheís very good at getting picked up & held for these things & brushing thankfully xx


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    Quote Originally Posted by InspectorMorse View Post
    The Rabbit Welfare Vet list is for a NAMED VET at a Practice. So just because you saw the Practice on the RWAF site you probably did not see the named Vet . Ask for the named Vet to do the Dental and personally I would request skull radiographs too.
    Morning Jane, thank you. I honestly thought it was the rabbit savvy as had her name & another vets name at the practice. Will post a pic to make sure Iv done it right. Yes Iím going to ask for this done to make sure tours are ok. Sheís going for dental & will go under on 24th. Best to try & get that done at the same time xx


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    Hi all, the vet who did the dental phoned back. She said that they usually do this to even out the teeth so they are all even but she didnít have bad spurs & werenít on all teeth. Anyway was bottom ones all burred down. Sheís in for her next dental on 24th so asked them to do a radiograph of her mouth to make sure no elongated roots or anything (thanks Jane ) So sheís getting this at the same time while under. I guess this is ok what they have done & I hope so. Xx


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    Quote Originally Posted by Clair071085 View Post
    Hi all, the vet who did the dental phoned back. She said that they usually do this to even out the teeth so they are all even but she didnít have bad spurs & werenít on all teeth. Anyway was bottom ones all burred down. Sheís in for her next dental on 24th so asked them to do a radiograph of her mouth to make sure no elongated roots or anything (thanks Jane ) So sheís getting this at the same time while under. I guess this is ok what they have done & I hope so. Xx

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    It is OK, but why does the Vet think another Dental will be needed so soon if there was only minimal crown elongation found on the recent Dental she has just had


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