Finbar was rushed into Glasgow’s PetAid hospital by his worried owners James and Christina McNeil after he suddenly stopped eating and drinking and appeared lethargic.
Failing to make an improvement after treatment, an xray revealed that Finbar had the biggest hairball that staff had ever seen.
PDSA vet Susie Hermit realised that the rabbit was close to death and drew upon her knowledge about the possible benefits of pineapple juice in helping to break down hairballs.
She said: “An enzyme contained in pineapple juice is claimed to break down the material which holds fur balls together”
“However, the juice could just work because it provides rehydration and energy.
“We could see from Finbar’s X-ray that it was a huge fur ball – the biggest I’ve ever seen in a rabbit, and unfortunately Finbar was so ill that an operation to remove the hairball was too risky.
“I had heard before about using pineapple juice to treat this condition and there was nothing else we could do – it was an all or nothing situation.
Susie added: “Thankfully Finbar started to improve after a combination of pineapple juice and drugs to get his bowels moving. Whether this was solely due to the pineapple juice, I’m not sure, but it seemed to make a difference.”
To read the entire report that includes a photo of Finbar, please go to http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/rabbit-hairball-took-up-entire-1854994
Although we would like to believe that pineapple juice can dissolve a hairball in a rabbit’s digestive system, Hoppington Post is doubtful. We have read other conflicting reports that said pineapple enzymes are not effective in breaking down hair inside a rabbit. We hope our readers may shed more light on this issue.