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Havering 02-05-2019 01:54 PM

Vet woes
So. I was home with the flu yesterday. I noticed our house-rabbit wasn't well--no interest in his morning greens, not running around the house as usual, his breathing was fast, and he couldn't seem to get comfortable.

Husband's out of town for work, training, I have the afore-mentioned flu, the road is a sheet of ice....what to do? Call the vet and take him in, of course. So, I call our vet's office. "Oh! Oh, we don't do bunnies anymore, just dogs and cats!" Now, I'd last had him in for a check-up about two months ago and no mention was made then of switching to just cats and dogs. No point in shooting the messenger, but I did express that it would've been nice to send out a notification to their established patients' owners to give them a heads-up. " Well, the website says just dogs and cats! " was the somewhat snippy reply. I checked this morning and yes, yes it does--about three pages into the website. Most people that have used this vet before are only going to see the first page while getting the phone number. Oh, and you might want to update your enormous logo on every page. The one with silhouettes of a dog, a cat, and (wait for it) a rabbit. Great.

Google is my friend. Find another vet, about twice as far away as our old vet. Take old office's sage advice and dig through the new site to verify they care for rabbits. Eureka! Call new vet. "Tee-hee! We keep forgetting to update the website, but our vet that did rabbits left. You could try her new clinic in town 25-miles-away." I mentioned the ice-sheet roads, yes? Not happening. I don't care about my car, but I'm not chancing my rabbit.

Find another vet advertising rabbit care. I call... "Of course! What's wrong? Can you bring him in X time?" I can. I do. A little soft food syringed into his mouth with a little pain killer and he's fine, now. And I have a new vet. And I may or may not have had a stiff drink after returning home from that drive.

Tl;dr: it would be nice if vets, like other doctors (mostly), had the common decency to alert their patients when they're discontinuing a practice so you can plan ahead for emergencies. Where's my damned Theraflu?

MoonCat 02-05-2019 11:19 PM

Oh lord, I'm so sorry you had such a hard time finding a vet for your bunny! They aren't exactly thick on the ground here, either. Rabbits are considered "exotic" pets. WTF? I only know of one vet in town that treats rabbits, and if you don't have a car, you can't get out to the 'burbs where supposedly another one is.

So glad your bun was able to be seen and is better!

Slave to the Phone 02-06-2019 01:58 AM

How scary! I don't have bunnies, but if one of our cats refused their morning gooshy fud and wasn't acting right, I'd have done the same thing in your place, icy roads be damned!!!

I'm glad you found a new vet and that bunny is doing well. I agree that if your vet was going to stop seeing bunnies, they should have attempted to contact their bunny clients to let them know.

Dreamstalker 02-06-2019 02:44 AM

Slave, when we were owned by McGriff we made a mad dash to the vet one Christmas Eve during a snowstorm when he had a heart attack.

So glad bunny is doing better; what was the issue? Boo on the vet(s) for not keeping their sites updated or notifying owners.

Monterey Jack 02-06-2019 02:48 AM

Rabbits are "exotic" animals? That is a WTF, as they breed like...well, rabbits.

Havering 02-06-2019 02:48 AM

Thank you both! The little critter scared the crap out of me, for sure. And MoonCat, I don't know why that is, either. Bunnies are the fourth most popular pet in the U.S. Why there aren't more vets for them...*shakes head*

STTP, I miss having cats, so give yours a snuggle from me. DH is horribly allergic, so no cats, but housebuns are very catlike (and even more disapproving).

Mental_Mouse 02-06-2019 02:20 PM

Rabbits as "exotic"? My exotic ass! The domestic breeds are fully domestic, and their physiology is well-understood as whoa, (thanks to their use in science and medicine).

I suspect some vets may not want to deal with them, just because (AIUI) even the larger breeds are functionally "small animals", with short natural lifespans. (My own lasted 6 years. Died comfy in his sleep -- I found him stretched out in resting position in his cage.)

MadMike 02-07-2019 01:34 AM


Quoth Havering (Post 1376830)
" Well, the website says just dogs and cats! " was the somewhat snippy reply.

And how many people regularly check the website of a company they've been using for years? Obviously I'm not talking about companies with online ordering.

I agree -- they should have notified their regular customers.

gerund 02-07-2019 03:38 AM

Where I live, rabbits are classified as "vermin". We are not allowed to keep them as pets, even desexed.

According to the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries Queensland (DPIFQ), the maximum penalty for keeping a rabbit as a domestic pet is now $30,000.

greek_jester 02-07-2019 07:45 AM


Quoth gerund (Post 1376945)
Where I live, rabbits are classified as "vermin". We are not allowed to keep them as pets, even desexed.

Which is entirely understandable, considering the ecological chaos they've caused.

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