Angoran rabbit Mollie wins Pet of the Month for February!

24 May 2018 | Pet of the month

Mollie is a beautiful and much loved two and a half year old Angoran rabbit. Towards the end of January Mollie suddenly went off her food, was lethargic and didn’t seem very happy.  Her owners explained, “We knew it was important that she saw a vet as soon as possible as rabbits can go downhill very quickly. We took her to the branch surgery in Nether Stowey and saw Amy who was concerned enough about her condition to suggest she was hospitalised for monitoring and syringe feeding.  At that point her digestive system appeared to be in stasis and there was clearly something wrong.”

This was indeed a very worrying time, because not only was Mollie not eating and in gut stasis, but she was passing nasty bloody diarrhoea, which is a very bad sign in rabbits.

Mollie spent the rest of that week in ‘Bunny Intensive Care’ with us at Quantock Veterinary Hospital. This involves syringe feeding and medications, with eating and faeces checks every few hours, and is very intensive, as the name suggests!  After a few days she seemed to show some signs of improvement, eating small amounts and looking a bit livelier so at the weekend her owners brought her home in the hope that she would continue to make progress in her own surroundings with her bunny friend Jeremy.  Unfortunately this wasn’t the case, and they had to bring her back for further investigation.

Amy decided to x-ray Mollie, and it was discovered that she had an impacted caecum and overlong tooth roots. Mollie’s owners explained, “She had to warn us that the prognosis for rabbits with an impacted caecum is very poor, so we prepared ourselves for the worse.  After discussion with Amy she suggested it was worth trying Mollie on some further medication to attempt to shift the impaction, and to file her long teeth down under anaesthetic in case that problem had contributed to Mollie’s condition, but she made it clear that it was only an outside chance.  We were determined to give Mollie every opportunity, but mentally we were starting to say goodbye to her.  We had a very sad few days and her little bunny friend was missing her dreadfully. You can imagine our delight when a couple of days later we had a phone call from Amy to say that Mollie had started eating again!”

Molly had been eating newspaper, card and carpet at home, which Amy was suspicious had caused the caecal impaction. The surgical prognosis for this condition is very poor, so a last ditch effort to clear the impaction was tried, which was laxatives and paraffin. Miraculously, the impaction shifted the next day, with Mollie passing a huge amount of something horrible, which we assumed was the impacted material, although we couldn’t recognise what it once might have been!

Since that time Mollie – who can be very timid but has a naughty side and loves to chew things, especially the sofa – has never looked back, eating well, putting on weight and getting up to mischief with Jeremy when they are let out to run around the house in the evenings.

“Amy has since told us that she had cleared a space in her diary to put Mollie to sleep. On that same morning, she started eating for the first time in 10 days, so all in all, to have her back with us seems like a miracle.

We cannot thank Quantock Veterinary Hospital enough for the care they gave Mollie.  Amy especially was very kind and always took the trouble to keep us fully up-to-date with Mollie’s progress. She called us twice a day and spoke to us at length so we knew exactly what was happening.  Without the team at Quantock Mollie wouldn’t be with us now and we are very grateful.”

Congratulations Mollie! You so deserve to be February’s Pet of the Month!