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Hello everyone,<br><br>
it's been a while since I've visited VB, don't really know why, but now I have something about which I feel I need to talk to other animal lovers.<br><br>
You see, my darling rabbit Sally has been diagnosed with a tumor at her uterus yesterday morning - my mother went to the vet with her because I had an appointment I absolutely couldn't cancel two hours by train away and I spent all day crying.<br><br>
Now here's the situation: Sally is in pain right now. I give her pain meds twice a day and I was also given some powder to mix with water that I feed to her five times a day in small portions (she won't eat it on her own). I have the option of either letting her be put to sleep or giving her another chance with surgery. She's not the youngest anymore, roughly ten years now (roughly because she was found on our doorstep) but in great condition generally, she's got perfect teeth and fur and has never been weak or prone to sickness.<br><br>
For surgery, we'll have to get her fed up a little again, she hasn't been eating a lot lately (she's been devouring the dandelion leaves I picked today but they're near impossible to find this season). The doctor told my mother she'd have to see the tumor and if it is too big, Sally has to be put to sleep during surgery anyway, but even if she does make it, she'll have to hold out during the healing afterwards of course.<br><br>
Typing it out like this I almost feel like I should put her to sleep instead of putting her through all that but at the same time I literally cannot imagine life without her (she's been sharing my room with my since I was 11, so almost half my life) and the old girl is such a strong-willed, stubborn little person that I can see her pulling through somehow and going all, "What, you don't trust me to handle this?" She doesn't look or behave "old", except for liking to chill out a lot, but I've seen lots of rabbits her age or younger who were much more senior-y.<br><br>
I have a little time to decide yet but of course things can't stay as they are right now. I'm taking time off from work (thankfully I work at an environmental centre and my boss has the biggest understanding for my situation) at the moment to watch over Sally and just be around her.<br><br>
I know that only I can make this decision and I'd give anything I have to not have to make it, but I just need to vent to someone and get it out. I don't know anything right now and feel so, so useless, sitting around in my pajamas and crying and not getting a thing done except being an emotional, sobby mess.<br><br>
Now I'm going to dance class so I leave the house at least once today and maybe moving will help me get my head clear a little.<br><br>
And to finish it off, here's a picture of Sally from last night, still pretty as a picture and at least as much so as any young hopper!<br><br><a href="http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/535/img7707j.jpg/" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://img535.imageshack.us/img535/3784/img7707j.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"></a>
 

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I'm so sorry. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> Sally is a beautiful rabbit. I know how tough these types of decisions can be and can't really advise you one way or the other, but I wish the two of you the very best in getting through it.
 

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Kjesta, I'm really sorry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I can't really offer any advice, but I know how awful these situations are. I know you'll make the decision that is best for Sally, and I hope you'll be okay regardless of the outcome. I hope everything works out for you and the adorable ball of bunnyfluff.
 

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I can't offer any advice, but I just want to give you and Sally my best wishes. My ex has our rabbits, and I'm dreading someday getting a call that one of them is ill or has died <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">.
 

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Kjesta, I'm glad to see you back on VB, but sad that these are the circumstances. I'm sorry to hear about your bunny.
 

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Poor Sally <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> Whatever decision you make, she has had a long, happy life with a caring mother. Hugs for both of you.
 

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Sally is beautiful and has had a long and wonderful life with you. She is very lucky to have such a caring mom as you.<br>
I can't give you any advice, but I'm sure whatever decision you make will be the best for both of you.<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:">
 

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Sorry to hear about your bunny having a tumour, she looks very sweet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Going to echo everyone else here and say that it is going to be a personal decision for you and Sally on what to do.. only you know how sick she is and if she could recover from something like that. *hugs*
 

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Bunnies are highly under-rated as pets. An old friend of mine once equated them to being like vegetarian cats. I have had a few rabbits in my time and loved them. Sorry for your tough times. Tumors are common, especially in un-altered does.
 

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Sally is adorable and I'm sorry you are in the position of having to make a difficult decision. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br>
Taking into consideration Sally's expected life-span and her quality of life, hopefully, the vet will be able to guide you as to what the best thing for her will be. And trust your gut. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hug:">
 

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Thank you for your support everyone! It's a great relief for me to share this with people who appreciate rabbits for the beautiful souls they are. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":love:"><br><br>
Today after talking to my boss (who has been head of the environmental centre for 11 years and been taking care of hundreds of animals and understands me very well) I'm feeling a bit better, she said that if Sally is generally still robust she - in my place - would probably give the surgery a chance. Sally has also started eating more again and I spent an hour running about the station and nearby sheep farm gathering dandelions, leaves and herbs for her to munch on.<br><br>
Right now I'm waiting for the vet to call me back because I have a few more questions about the surgery before deciding definitely but I haven't had the urge to bawl like a baby for several hours now, which is definitely progress.<br><br>
GingerFoxx, it's very very true! And as if to prove you right, when I looked at Sally right now she stretched and yawned just like a cat too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br>
EDIT: I talked to the vet and I'm supposed to keep track of Sally's weight as well as give her medication further on and come to the vet on Tuesday for a check-up. She doesn't think Sally should get surgery BUT she says that putting her down is not the only option and she doesn't even consider it right now! She says that as long as Sally keeps eating, her digestion gets normal again and seems happy over-all, she can live on with pain medication to fit her needs as they are, so maybe sometimes more or less depending on her health, just like my granny for example. I'm very very VERY relieved to hear this and am going to buy a better scale tomorrow so I can weigh Sally, my own scale doesn't measure something so light.<br><br>
However, my mother has also called me to say that my father had a stroke and is now in the emergency room to be checked for neurological problems... Please hold you thumbs for him too! It's one misfortune to the next for my family right now, it seems.
 

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I'm sorry to hear that. My baby (feline) just passed away last month from a malignant tumor in her mouth. I consulted all the specialists who told me that radiation would only hold it at bay for a couple of months and surgical removal was not possible due to the location (lower jaw and tongue would have to be removed too). I had my baby scheduled for the final procedure on the Monday, but on Sunday, the tumor suddenly ruptured and I rushed her to the ER. But the doctor could not stop the bleeding, and had to end it there.<br><br>
It looks like there's still hope for Sally. Explore all options and I believe if when comes the time, you will make the right decision.
 

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<p>thats terible what type of rabbit is he my cousins have a rabbit that looks just like that and its friendly with other rabbits like my rabbit but not humans</p>
 

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Keep in mind this thread is two years old.<br><br>
Resurrecting the dead!
 
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