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    My bun is only 4, and he survived a near death experience earlier in Spring from gut lieus. He seemed to improve after hospitalization, supportive care, and many helpful friends here. About 4 weeks ago I noticed his weight dropping off again . But this time his appetite has. been great, and his bowels have been working. I was loving on him and felt a firm mass in his abdomen. We had ultrasound, and referral DVM said she thinks it encompasses his intestines . But now after 4 + weeks of ravenous appetite and consistent bmís, I have to wonder if perhaps her FNA didnít get the actual cancer but an accidental contamination of the GI ( report said no cancer cells; ingest only). But there is an ever increaSing in size growth in his abdominal cavity. I have him tentatively scheduled for an exploratory Tues am. But he could drop dead on the table from sedation , as thin as heís become. Heís still vibrant and full of life , as is. But basically waiting to die. If she can, she will dissect the mass away. Or, we could leave him be. Have others had such young rabbits get malignancies this aggressive ? And do they do well with surgery? Would you take he chance or leave him be, based on personal experiences? This is a very loved bunny, and first ever Iíve sent to an exotic vet.. I donít do bunnies

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    Sorry about your bun bun. What does the exotic vet surgeon say? Poor thing. May it will be an easy mass to remove and he'll recover just fine. You'll know if it's "too much" for him and if and when it's time to end suffering...if it comes to that. Best wishes!

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    She says itís rare for them to get cancer this young. And it grew so fast. She agrees itís strange that the needle aspiration did not reveal cancer cells, yet there is definitely a large, firm , baseball in his abdomen. Iím thinking her needle must have missed somehow.. If his intestines were intertwined in the mass surely heíd be obstructed by now, I would think? Iím just worried about the anesthesia; but I guess itís true. If we try he could have a few more years. If donít try , he will eventually decline. Or, he could die on table .
    We will keep try and make a final decision. Just wondering if others have had cancer bunny success stories..
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    We rescued him from the freezer, literally . He was in a litter destined for ďfoodĒ. The daughters at this home snuck him to us, said he was too cute for what
    ďDaddy uses them for .Ē
    Took him home to be a buddy for Snickers. They grew up together; and the rabbit literally would climb up in the limbs with her lol

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    That's a great pic Snicker Bar. I wish I had answers but really don't know anything about rabbits. I'm sorry that you have to make this difficult decision for a beloved friend.

    I read an article by a rabbit rescue that I thought was interesting. It made me realize what a tough decision that it really is. Rabbits seem to have unique surgical challenges. http://rabbitresource.org/surgery-considerations/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snicker Bar View Post
    She says itís rare for them to get cancer this young. And it grew so fast. She agrees itís strange that the needle aspiration did not reveal cancer cells, yet there is definitely a large, firm , baseball in his abdomen. Iím thinking her needle must have missed somehow.. If his intestines were intertwined in the mass surely heíd be obstructed by now, I would think? Iím just worried about the anesthesia; but I guess itís true. If we try he could have a few more years. If donít try , he will eventually decline. Or, he could die on table .
    We will keep try and make a final decision. Just wondering if others have had cancer bunny success stories..
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    We rescued him from the freezer, literally . He was in a litter destined for ďfoodĒ. The daughters at this home snuck him to us, said he was too cute for what
    ďDaddy uses them for .Ē
    Took him home to be a buddy for Snickers. They grew up together; and the rabbit literally would climb up in the limbs with her lol

    Both of them are adorable!
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    Thank you , sheís my youngest and best squirrel / deer helper of them all Tomorrow is her b day, big 11 A successful surgery outcome would be the best gift ever. I guess going to take him first thing tomorrow am,

    I agree about the anesthesia challenges. I had many local vets here kindly offer to help, saying we could possible just mask him down and do it here. But as easy as Iíve heard they are to stress and die in rehab, I wouldnít want to put him to the test with my inexperience.

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    prayers to all
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    On our way to get him, not the outcome we had hoped for. She called about an hour ago and said there were not one, but four masses. One involved the liver. She offered to close him and return him to live out what time he has. But she said it would ultimately be a horrible death. I guess I should have let him be; he was eating, enjoying loves. But I could tell there were times he just didnít look like he felt well,
    I guess I had hoped ( as did my colleague ) that if this were a solitary mass , he could
    have many more years .
    When Iím able I would like to post some of my favorite pics of him. Wearing his jeans today; my squirrel room cleaning blue jeans. He would bump my leg, while Iím on my knees cleaning, for pets and head scratches . But if he wasnít satisfied he had enough rubbings, Iíd get a hole gently nibbled on my thigh.
    Iím so sorry Hunny this isnít how it was supposed to be

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    Awww, so sorry Snicker bar, so sorry hunny bunny
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    Awwww... so sorry.

    You did what you had to do and the decision came out of love and care for him. It is never easy to lose a friend.


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    So sorry you lost your bun. My thoughts are with you and your family tonight.

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    I've been thinking about y'all all day and was hoping for a different outcome. I'm so sorry that you lost Hunny Bunny.

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    Thank you for caring,
    Going to miss the head bumps and “Please keep scratching that spot! “ nips into my jeans. He was precious to me . Will post my favorite pics of him when I can look at them ,

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    I'm so sorry Snicker Bar
    Rest peacefully Hunny Bunny
    I love bunnies, my very first pet I took care of by myself was a bunny (Wolle). She was precious.

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    So sorry to hear that Marie. I was so hoping it could be treated.
    Tell your daughter how sorry I am about her friend.

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    Will do, yesterday was her b day , so we had to wait until today while she was gone on a day trip with her Aunt for Jon to take care of burial. Iíll have to tell her tonight; had kids and cake ( chaos) all afternoon yesterday. But had another sweet visit from our forest friends ( the fawns). Theyíre like my little guardian angels; come drifting in when I need a moment alone with nature.

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    You did the hardest thing a loving heart can do. You saved him from a cruel end and gave him a life of skritches and kindness. Youíll carry his soft love for always as heíll carry yours into the absolute

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    OMG! I am so sorry I missed all of this. I am so very, very sorry Marie.....for you and your children. This is NEVER an easy choice. I often pray for divine intervention so Iím not the one making the choices. I feel for you and your children.

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