When Lilly the rabbit first came into our veterinary hospital she had a severe skin wound to one of her toes. She had injured her paw after being spooked by a thunderstorm, and had lacerated the skin leaving exposed underlying tissue.
As Lilly's owners had brought her to see us so quickly, there was still a chance her wound would heal without the use of surgery. In an attempt to salvage her badly damaged toe, Lilly's dedicated owners visited the clinic every three days.
After a few weeks, a bad infection had started to affect Lilly's toe, despite her being on antibiotics. It became apparent that the wound was not going to heal with bandaging alone, and the decision was made to amputate the toe.
Lilly underwent general anaesthesia and the toe amputation went as planned. She recovered from the anaesthetic very well and the foot healed very quickly with the aid of more antibiotics.
Her recovery from the procedure was extremely good. Two weeks after her surgery, her stitches were removed.
Lilly's story goes to show that rabbits can cope very well with surgeries such as toe amputations. There are some considerations needed for rabbit anaesthetics - for instance, different combinations of anaesthetic drugs are used, and rabbits need to keep eating leading up to (and soon after) an anaesthetic procedure.
Other common rabbit procedures performed include desexing, dental procedures, abscesses and wound stitch ups. Rabbits also benefit from having regular vaccinations and vet checks, and our team can deliver advice about diet, housing and common diseases.