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    Dixie was taken to have her front teeth burred on Wednesday 24th January. After she came home she was more subdued than usual and then on Sunday stopped eating and also drinking. She was back at the vets first thing Monday and left there. They checked her teeth and found a spur on her back teeth that was cutting into her and had not been picked up the previous week. She was dehydrated and so they kept her in and carried out some tests. A blood test showed that there was kidney failure and possibly problems with liver function and I was told that she should be put to sleep. I told them that she was to given every chance to recover and she was kept at the vets to be rehydrated and treated with antibiotics. On Wednesday 31st the blood tests were repeated and although she was now rehydrated and eating small amounts the results showed a massive deterioration. I was told that there was no hope for her and that not putting her to sleep was only delaying the inevitable but she did not seem to be distressed or in pain and responded to me when I went to see her and so again I asked for her to be treated for another night. The next day there was still no apparent change and the vet said there was no point keeping her there and that I should take her home, I don't think that she was expected to survive for more than a day or two.
    As soon as she was home she started to look more alert, she hopped around and started eating. Initially it was only by pushing all her treats in front of her but she quickly started eating chopped apple and chopped tomato and by last night and today progressed to nibbling hay, pellets and shredded cabbage.
    She went back to the practice on Saturday for them to check her progress. They were surprised how well she seemed to be and gave her another injection to keep her hydrated.
    I cannot understand how a rabbit that is so ill that it should be put to sleep can be so alert with no sign of discomfort and be eating and drinking almost normally. There seems to be a contradiction between what I am being told and the way that Dixie behaves and so have decided to take her to a practice specialising in rabbits for another opinion. I have to accept that the tests showed kidney failure but I am hoping it is not to the degree that I have been told. Does anyone have experience of rabbits with this problem?

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    I'm sorry I have no advice but i can sent vibes to your wee Dixie.xxx

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    Sending lots of vibes to your little bunny.

    I don't have any experience in particular to offer advice or opinion.

    However, I was thinking just recently that whilst it never ceases to amaze me how quickly rabbits deteriorate, I think we all recognise that, it equally never ceases to amaze me just how quickly they can pick up again. Or are they good at fooling us? Or do vets give up too quickly at times?

    Brilliant for persevering with this little sweety and I truly wish her all the best.

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    one of my rabbits had kidney failure, i didnt know anything about it til the day she died. she was hopping round binkying and everything, no sign of pain, later that day i came out and she was hiding under the hutch. i took her straight to the vets and she died. it was very surprising being so sudden, the vet checked her over etc, confirmed kidney failure. im sure the bunny will let you know if its in pain and if itwants to carry on and fight it will let oyu know. as you said you can tell better than the vets how the bunny is, they just tell you whats wrong.

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    Can this be moved to a different section ?
    I think he'll get a lot more replies ..
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    My Maisie had severe problems with her kidney and liver tests last summer and she is still here and eats well. I am surprised your vet suggested pts particularly as she is not exhibiting frailness and seems quite happy. I think Francis Harcourt Brown, a fantastic rabbit specialist, has a practice up North and it might be worth asking for a consult with her. She might be able to look at the blood tests you have already had taken and advise you if she thinks she could treat Dixie.

    PS Her practice is in Harrogate, North Yorkshire 01423 508945.

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    Tilly currently has renal failure, she was diagnosed last september and has been having 3 weekly injections of steriods and vitamins ever since, the first few months were touch and go and then she seemed to stop deteriorating! She hasn't become any better but she is certainly more active and more like her old self. She drinks alot more than a normal rabbit (about 700 -700mls in one day) and she cannot put on weight as she can not remove the things she needs from her food, but she is not loosing weight. I keep her in the warmest part of the garden as bringing her inside stressed her too much, there hutch is covered so as to stop the wind and rain.
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    my first continetal giant Leela came to me with kidney problems. she was reluctant to eat and losing weight rapidly. she was unable to control her bladder and dribbled urine constantly. all the tests came back negative and nobody knew what was wrong with her, then sudden she began to regain her appatite, she started to put on weight. several months later i mentioned this to a vet who thought it could have been caused by a type of parasite which she had managed to flush from her body. this was never confirmed but i thought i would mention it as it may be of some relevence
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    Dixie is seeing Frances Harcourt Brown today. How I wish I lived near that practice.

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    I was just wondering if there was any news on Dixie?

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