Hello everyone! I just joined the site but find it so helpful always. I have a problem that I am wondering if anyone else has ever delt with or has any insight.
I have a female mini lop named Oatie. She is 9 months old. I took her to her regular vet last Tuesday because I had noticed that when she ate something hard, like her treats it was as if it hurt. Her normal vet began looking and feeling around and noticed a lump in her jaw. She did an XRAY and found that she has a lump. Not only does she have a lump but she is missing 2 teeth ( she might not have been born with these 2 teeth). She said that I would need to see another vet who could do surgery if needed. This vet is in a totally different practice, not affiliated with the first vet.
On Thursday, 2 days later I took her in to see this other vet. I brought the X-rays with me and the vet looked at them. He said that it "probably was an abscess" and that since she is so young she probably wont live a full life anyways. He told me that he could find out if it was an absess by sticking a needle in, but he never offered to do that, it seemed he was in too much of a rush. He said that he could operate but it would probably come back, or we could try an antibiotic and it probably wouldnt work either. He made me feel basically as if I should have put her down right then and there.
So not wanting to take the news so hard I asked if I could try the antibiotic (chloramphenicol) first and then in a few weeks see how it is and then do surgery if needed. Now since it is a few days later I am questioning things. First, if he didn't check the lump other than looking at the XRAY how do we know it is an abscess? And am I doing the right thing with the antibiotic first?
I have read that abscesses are often a nightmare and keep reoccuring but he made me feel as if I should give up now, and put her down and that is the LAST thing I want to do. I love my Oatie too much! Anyone that has any insight or thoughts or knows of any good rabbit vets in Massachusetts let me know. Thanks!