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    my last bunny, Little Happy had kidney problem. But knowing there are 2 of them, and he has partial failure in 1, and quite okay on the other, he lives a good life after the discovery.

    Even if both kidney has partial failure, they can easily live a reasonably long life (my one did). The following guideline is important and you should apply it to your bunny:

    take him to the urine spot every 2 hr. regardless whether he needs to go or not. Do not wait for him to go to the urine spot on his own. It's a common problem among rabbits that they hold on to urine until the last minute. After he pee, use a towel to clean the urine and leave the towel there. So next time (2 hr. later), you take him to that spot, he knows it's time to pee if there is something to pee.

    I assume his urine is quite clear, and his fur is a bit dry? Those would be symptoms of kidney failure. But there is no reason to consider PTS as an option. Your vet is crazy.
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    Hi,
    Over the years I have had a lot of guinea pigs and rabbits and have experienced a similiar thing many times. We all have faith in the Vet we take our pets to but they are only human and my Vet told me to take a really sick guinea pig to someone who specialised in small animals because their training in rabbits, giunea pigs, rats ect is a very small amount of time. I took my Vets advice and found someone and had a second opinion and my guinea pig lived longer and got the right diagnosis. This Vet lived 60 miles from me but I still took all my small pets to her all the time. She also believed that if your pet is in pain you will know and they will not eat and will show you they are in pain. She also told me that (as we all know) small animals go down so quickly when they are in pain, so if your rabbit is eating and taking notice of their surroundings....give it a chance because it is not ready to go.
    Carol

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    I recently lost my lovely boy bun to kidney failure, a complication from untreated EC when he was a younger buck.

    Harley deteriorated very quickly - he was fine even early in the evening he went to the vets, but seemed very off colour by 7pm so he went in as a emergency. My vet suggested the same as yours - to have him pts. However, I wanted to give him a chance and he stayed on fluids that night. By 11pm apparently he was a different rabbit. He never stopped eating an drinking and charmed all the nurses.

    Sadly, he went to the bridge the next morning at the vets, but it was peaceful and he choose when he ready. I don't regret keeping him alive that night - he was happy and settled.

    Really glad you could get Dixie to Harcourt Brown - I was planning to take Harley to see her once he was stable and could make the journey

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    Hello everyone

    I took Dixie to see Frances Harcourt Brown and the result was no kidney failure. Most of the test results were back within normal range except for calcium and phosphate levels which were showing higher than normal suggesting that there may be some underlying problem. She is otherwise back to normal but perhaps still slightly underweight to what she was.

    I am so pleased that I did not take my local vets advice and observed Dixie's behavior instead. After relating Dixie's story to Frances Harcourt Brown she said that she treated the rabbit not the test results.

    My own vet seemed a little sheepish about Dixie's recovery and attempted some back tracking on the advice given. Listening to her however, it was a sad reflection that part of the advice given was based on experience of people not being prepared to put in the time or pay the cost for the welfare of a rabbit.

    So far so good, I have to keep a special watch on her. She is back to drinking large quantities of water, more than that of other pairs combined.

    Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.

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    Brilliant news, good on you.
    Wishing good vibes to Dixie.xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunnygran
    Hello everyone

    I took Dixie to see Frances Harcourt Brown and the result was no kidney failure. Most of the test results were back within normal range except for calcium and phosphate levels which were showing higher than normal suggesting that there may be some underlying problem. She is otherwise back to normal but perhaps still slightly underweight to what she was.

    I am so pleased that I did not take my local vets advice and observed Dixie's behavior instead. After relating Dixie's story to Frances Harcourt Brown she said that she treated the rabbit not the test results.

    My own vet seemed a little sheepish about Dixie's recovery and attempted some back tracking on the advice given. Listening to her however, it was a sad reflection that part of the advice given was based on experience of people not being prepared to put in the time or pay the cost for the welfare of a rabbit.

    So far so good, I have to keep a special watch on her. She is back to drinking large quantities of water, more than that of other pairs combined.

    Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.
    Hello Ron

    I am so pleased you saw FHB
    As to Dixie's drinking I have one Bun, Jake, who started to drink LOADS and wee loads too. He was tested for everything and a Diagnosis of Diabetes Insipidus was made. He was started on twice daily injections of Desmopressin. HOWEVER, for reasons neither me nor our Vet understand Jake's condition resolved and he is now on no treatment and symptom free...........
    Whether it was the 2 weeks on Dessmopressin that 'put things right' I dont know..............

    Janex


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    Jane, it's miracle because Jake has a miracle mom
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    Hello Jane

    Thanks for the response. Diabetes had occured to me as a possibility and I will discuss this with the vet on the next visit. This will be very soon as Dixie has bad problems with her front teeth and If she has recuperated sufficiently will probably have them extracted this time instead of being burred again. It is so sad that such a lovely natured gentle rabbit should have these problems.

    Take care

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    Glad Dixie is fighting on!

    Fiona x
    Many much loved bunny friends who have gone on ahead: Jess, Marcy, Clover, Archie, Nell, Sumi, Jasper, Fleur, Hamish, Hattie and Flossie

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    How awful that if you'd listened to your own vet Dixie would have been at the bridge by now Isn't it about time vets learnt more about the smaller animals as well as the bigger ones.

    I'm glad she's showing some signs of improving and send you all my best wishes for her to continue to improve.

    Kathryn x

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