I'm not really sure where else to put this, so i'll put it in here.
My beloved Binky is worrying me and has been for some time.
When he was younger (and I mean under a year) he would go through periods of time where he would drink a lot, for a few weeks solid, then it would calm down again. He had urine samples done at the vets and a general blood test, nothing ever came up.
About 2 months ago he started this drinking habit again, drinking his full 300ml bottle in 24 hours, sometimes more. Obviously the vet was worried about kidney problems although it is unusual in a rabbit of his age as hes only 1 year 3months.
Hes had another general blood test since which was fine,
-A blood test on his kidney phosphate levels, they came back slightly elevated but not by much.
-A blood test for e.cuniculi as that can cause kidney problems, that came back negative.
-Another test on his kidney levels and that came back fine this time round
-Then a test on his liver bile acid, which also came back slightly elevated but hardly over normal.
During this time hes had 3 or 4 urine tests to check for infection, no excess protein or blood has ever come up to show he has infection.
Now the vet wants to give him anasthetic so she can do a urine sample directly from his bladder, which means putting a needle in his bladder, ultrasound scan and x-rays to get a better picture of what might be going on or any signs of infection/damage.
It started with him just drinking loads, but its progressed to him being more inactive than usual and his bladder is so full he sometimes doesn't make it to his tray and pees all over the bottom of his cage. He did a huge pee the other day and it was like water.
We are all still wondering if it is behavioural, if hes bored and things might be different if he had more time out of his cage and was bonded with Winnie, they don't get enough time out of their cages really and i feel awful for it. I moved house and i've been struggling to get things rabbit friendly while coping with anxiety, stress, house problems costing me money and now my house mate has lost his job.
I know this is absolutely no excuse for not taking care of the buns like they need me to. They get about 3 hours a day to run around the dining room and kitchen (1 room each). Please don't rant at me thats its not enough, i'm trying my best to improve things for them. I've recently bought a 1meter by 3meter piece of vinyl flooring and wire mesh squares to make a big pen for them. They will eventually have full run of the ground floor of the house, at least while i'm in.
What I want to know is; has anyone else ever seen this rabbit behaviour? And I'm stuck..do i risk the bonding process taking another month or go ahead with the scans and such. Or try antibiotics without knowing he needs them? I'm very nervous about him being put under (as we all are) especially if he does have any kidney/liver problems. I couldn't bear it if i lost him at this point, I only recently lost a friend and it'd break my heart if Binky passed.
I guess I'm just hoping for a bit of discussion and advice here, I have no other rabbit friends to talk to and although my bun's vet is fantastic its still hard to make decisions.
To top it off Binky currently has conjunctivitis and dry skin. And is almost guaranteed dental problems in the future as his secondary incisors don't sit behind his bottom incisors.
I love my little bunny boy so so much, I know the best option is probably the anaesthetic and scans, etc. I'm just terrified i'll lose him.