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One lucky bunny - a blood transfusion saves rabbit's life!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Two young rabbits were deemed ‘heroes’ last week after saving the life of another very poorly bunny - by donating their blood.

Lucky, a three year old American Rabbit, was urgently referred to Highcroft after collapsing at home. Lucky had been under the weather for some time and had recently stopped eating and passing faeces. When he arrived it was clear that he was critically ill; he was unable to move and could barely hold his head up.

Exotics species vet Sonya, noticed that he had severe issues with his teeth, had impacted intestines and had lost a significant amount of blood. At this point, the team were concerned that Lucky may not even make it through the day.

After further investigations, it was discovered that Lucky was in hypovolaemic shock and in a life-threatening state of anaemia.

This is where two young rabbits, called Flapjack and Buttons, came to the rescue! Both bunnies were in the hospital for the day to be neutered and thankfully their owner was happy for them to donate some blood to help with Lucky’s anaemia.

Blood transfusions are quite common in treating dogs and cats, however for rabbits, it’s not often heard about. For Lucky, however, this was his only chance.

The donated blood was mixed with an anticoagulant to stop it clotting, and was injected into an intravenous catheter in Lucky’s ear. He was also started on some medication to help his guts function again.

After a lot of fantastic nursing by our exotics nurse, Millie Gardener, and a week in hospital, Lucky was able to have a dental to help his teeth and start eating by himself again.

Lucky is now back at home with his owner and recovering very nicely. He was certainly a very lucky bunny!




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