I pulled him out today as I was clipping rabbit nails and wanted to give him another thorough going over. He had a very weepy eye and had developed a spot on the right side of his jaw and so I suspected a tooth problem of a more serious nature. He also lost a great deal of weight.
I culled him (euthanized) him as a vet bill to fix it up is currently beyond my budget and I didn't want him to suffer. A serious tooth issue is beyond my capability to cure as well.
Being of the curious nature that I am I wanted to know if my suspicions were correct. I discovered an abscess at the base of a cracked and rotten tooth. I'd show you imagines...but I'd rather not. :) It was a bit smelly and unpleasant.
All in all I am very glad that I culled him. It hurt my heart to do so as I really liked this little fellow. But I need to set that aside and do what is right for the animals in my care. A quick death in times of difficulty is the best gift I can offer.
- Snot (thick, white or yellow)
- Broken leg with bone visibly showing
- Aggression (where rabbit is determined to bite)
- Repeated health issues as a junior
- A doe who hurt herself during labour and has discharge longer than a week
- If they are too stupid to take care of themselves (rare but it happens)