I've recently brought my rabbit to the Madison Animal Hospital after he had an enlarged, swollen belly, wasn't eating or drinking, and was extremely lethargic. I am certain that this happened to him overnight as he was fine and healthy the night prior. This has also happened once before directly after his neutering during which I had a different vet--unfortunately I have since moved and was unable to go to my trusted vet. He had prescribed me antibiotics, supplemental food, pediatric gasx for what he thought was a gas bubble and my little guy bounced back in a day with continued proper care.
Dr. Saunders of Madison assured me that this was NOT in fact the same complications (despite the fact that she had never seen my rabbit the first time this happened), insisted on an expensive X-Ray and ultimately concluded that we euthanize him in lieu of an expensive surgery that he may not survive due to his delicate body. With all due respect, I understood that she was the doctor, but knowing my pet and how he handled what seemed like the exact situation in the past, I was not willing to put him to sleep.
I am 22 years old albeit very young looking, I am not naive. She was condescending and unwilling to entertain the possibility that this may in fact be the same problem as last time. It was not until my mother showed up that she changed tune and even offered the option of letting me take him home.
My rabbit is now home, I nursed him with the leftover supplies from my original vet and he is happy and healthy. I am never going back to the Madison Animal Hospital.