Exotic Veterinarians can be hard to find, but we have tracked down the bunny-savvy vets and ERs, so you don't have to.
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If you are looking for a vet in your area, the place to go is HRS Chicago's Vet Area List. It is hands down the best and most comprehensive list out there.
What to ask?
Any time you are going to a new vet, it is important to ask the following:
Do you have rabbit experience?
Which doctors have rabbit experience?
How much are the costs for a wellness exam? Labs? Blood Work?
Do they provide the RHDV2 Vaccine?
Are they an emergency vet? If so, what are the costs of an emergency exam?
When should you go to the vet?
This is really hard to say. Since rabbits are prey animals, they hide their pain and issues really well. If you are noticing it, it's probably time for a vet. Make sure you take note of how well your bunny is eating, drinking, pooping (size and shape), and their energy level. If your bunny isn't showing signs of GI Statis or another emergency, then try to get an appointment at the regular vet before venturing out to the ERs.
Be prepared to wait hours
Exotic ERs are extremely busy, and unfortunately, that means you will probably be waiting hours to receive care. When you first come in, they will triage your pet depending on the severity. They may give initial immediate care just to ensure your rabbit is stable, but then you will go into wait mode. In the Chicagoland area, average wait times are 5-8 hours.