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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Sarcoma in young rabbit with heart murmur

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    • Hotot
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      Hello community and thank you for reading this post:

      1 yo (estimate) dear Netherland dwarf/hotot who knows mix) rescued intact boy has a sarcoma on his left shoulder.  What?! How could this happen?

      Do you have experience with this? What do you think about surgery? Do I have other options besides these three presented by the vet:

      1. EKG and surgery. Make sure he’s a candidate,  then hope to get out all the cancerous tissue while it’s still relatively small.  Neuter at the same time. Then he could have a little friend after all this is behind us!

      2. Operate without EKG and hope his heart can withstand the anesthesia.

      3. Wait it out and give him a beautiful 8-10 months of life.

      I just don’t understand how this is happening. What are the chances this little guy (he’s lost a pound since I discovered the tumor and is back down to 3 pounds) could have BOTH a heart murmur and a rare cancer?!

      Thank you for offering insight. I know these are my choices to make but it would be good to hear how others have fared or what advice you have. I posted about him before and he’s delicate, what with the heart murmur. But he is so loved and tenacious, I bet he would pull through ok.

      Photo of him tonight, cheering me up by honoring me with a bunny bum shot.


    • DanaNM
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      That’s a really hard situation. 🙁

      I don’t have any experience with this, but I think a lot boils down to your vet’s experience level and your financial ability. Is there any risk associated with doing the EKG? I’m not that familiar with the procedure.

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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Sarcoma in young rabbit with heart murmur