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A Sleepless Week
When she arrived on Monday morning, Jerry and I were waiting on her clinic doorstep. She took one look at the x-ray and then a second one. How could she be chuckling, when Jerry might be dying at any minute? As she regained control of the corners of her mouth, she announced that both of the bright spots on the x-ray were in the abdominal cavity, not in the bladder and that the bright spots were most likely flaws on the film! A new x-ray showed no sign of a bladder stone! And so Jerry avoided an unnecessary surgery.
Although one would hope that the preceding example was an unusual occurrence, there are many unnecessary stomach surgeries (which have a very low success rate).1,2 These surgeries are the result of veterinarians who are unfamiliar with rabbit x-rays and the fact that most rabbits have some hair constantly present in their stomachs.
How can we guardians of our rabbits help to avoid these situations? If your vet was unable to attend the HRS Veterinary Conference, you will want to encourage the purchase of the conference proceedings. For some subjects, including radiology, the available videotape of the lecture is especially useful for a full understanding of the presented material. The Vet-to-Vet excerpt in this issue features radiology of the rabbit thorax. The lecture also covered comparative radiology of the rabbit abdomen and the skeleton, including dental problems. You might consider buying the tape yourself as a gift for your veterinarian.
2. Rabbit GI Physiology and Diet, Rabbit Health News, April 1994, Susan Brown, DVM.
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