Horsforth – January 2018
Meet Rosie the rabbit, the Horsforth surgery Pet of the Month for January 2018.
Rosie came to see us back in December after her owners noticed a swelling on the left side of her jaw. A closer examination of the swelling revealed that this was an abscess, likely associated with an infected tooth root. Due to the extent of the abscess, we were concerned that Rosie’s prognosis was poor, even if we were able to successfully flush and clean out the abscess. Despite this, her owners decided that they wanted to go ahead with the surgery.
Once we had anaesthetised Rosie, we were able to take a closer look at her abscess. Unfortunately, the infection was more significant than we had first thought. Despite this, we were able to successfully clean and flush the abscess. We then applied some manuka honey to the wound, which has antibacterial properties. This helps to protect the wound and promote healing. Because of the severity of the abscess, Rosie would need regular antibiotic injections. We would also apply more manuka honey throughout the healing process.
Over the next few days, Rosie began to recover. She seemed happier in herself and was eating well. We were able to keep a close eye on her wound, as she visited daily for her antibiotic injections and manuka honey application. After about a week of antibiotics, this course of treatment was finished. Rosie popped back in a few days later to ensure the infection had cleared up, and everything was looking promising. Over the following week, the wound had started to properly fill out and was looking much better.
After her against the odds recovery and continued patience during her regular visits, we think Rosie is a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award. Well done Rosie!