Bunny's Out for a Romp in and a Bite of the Tall Grass
Thanks, Ashley and bunny Sweetie! There's an important message behind this photo - Ashley writes:
Sweetie was a rescue who had developed uterine cancer while living outside as a stray. We discovered this when she was brought to the vet for GI stasis. During her emergency spay the vet realized that her cancer had spread, she had a large tumor that had broke out of her right uterine horn that was attached to her abdomen and bladder. Though the vet was able to remove her cancer filled uterus and the tumor that broke out of it, she continued to experience GI issues for almost 3 months and then just when we were starting to see improvement she went down hill very quietly one more and passed away while I was getting her ready to go to the vet.
I have been using her story to help raise awareness for the high risk of uterine cancer in rabbits in the hopes it will help save the lives of other rabbits.
My experiences with Sweetie helped me decide to adopt a 4 year old girl bunny that was high risk for uterine cancer from my local shelter that doesn't neuter or spay the rabbits they adopt out. I named her Ivy and it so happens that she had uterine cancer too but we caught her's at a much earlier stage before it had spread. So thanks to Sweetie, Ivy's life was saved. I'm now also using her story to help raise awareness.
Unspayed rabbits have a very high rate of uterine and other reproductive cancers. To help protect against this type of cancer, please get your female bunnies spayed. Neutering and spaying is so important for rabbits for many other reasons, too - read more at the House Rabbit Society!