Rusty the rabbit's recent dental surgery
February 3, 2011

A few weeks ago we learned about Rusty, a surrendered rabbit with a severe tooth malocclusion.  Last week, after regaining his health in a loving foster home with one of our adoption counselors, Rusty finally had his long-awaited surgery!

 Rusty sedated and ready for surgery
 one of Rusty's top incisors (only 1/3 was exposed!)

Writes his foster mom, Sheri:

"So I'm happy to report Rusty made it through his surgery and while he's not yet eating on this own, he is allowing me to feed him Critical Care by mouth. He just feels the need to wipe his chin on my shirt after every few syringes!  He is not yet himself but hopefully by tomorrow he'll be a little perkier, right now he just wants to cuddle and rest. He fell asleep in my arms after our feeding fiasco, and slept for a good 20 min before I had the heart to put him back in his cage."

"Update from this morning: I woke up to the sound of Rusty hopping around his cage. When I went in to check on him I found him happily munching away on long pieces of hay! It may not sound like much, but that was huge since he has not been able to eat uncut pieces of hay in the whole time I have had him, due to his teeth. He also polished off a big bowl of veggies and made a dent in his pellets. I think he's trying to make up for lost time!"