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Last Post by skunklionshow at 7/17/2012 3:38 AM (10 Replies)
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User is Offline skunklionshow
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6/25/2012 5:01 AM
Tobey has scabs on his rump, up to about where his honchos (back legs) are.  He was treated w/ antibiotics last time he had these bumps as his vet thought they were bacterial in nature.  It looks like very dry skin.  It is very flaky and some of the bumps are inflamed and have ruptured.  I can't seem to get a decent enough picture to show how they look.  After his antibiotics the flakey/bumps came back a few months later.  Tobey went back to the vet and the vet's not really sure what it is.  He suggested we could bathe him in Selsun Blue to see if it helps.  The vet is consulting w/ other vets on the case, so I'm waiting for his input.  Just wanted to know if anyone had some suggestions.  He doesn't seem uncomfortable w/ them.  He does lose his fur in the areas that they have ruptured or extreme flakiness on the skin.  His mate does not have these bumps and never has.  Thoughts?  Thanks?
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User is Offline RabbitPam
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6/25/2012 6:17 AM
I think you're already doing what I'd suggest, which is get a second opinion from another vet. I am impressed with your vet for her willingness to consult with others, and have hope that it will get Tobey the best care as a result.

One little idea that you can ask your vet about: Would a little bit of Bag Balm applied to the dry, scaly area be at all helpful in keeping it moist? Not sure getting it moist is even a good idea, sinc ethe dryness may be what's helping to kill the bacteria. Also, do not apply or administer anything before calling your vet to discuss it first. Just a thought, as I said.
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User is Offline Sarita
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6/25/2012 6:43 AM

Wonder if it could be sebatious adenitis:

http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/Skin_d...enitis.htm

Fluffybunny's rabbit was diagnosed with this I believe.


User is Offline skunklionshow
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6/28/2012 10:07 AM

I think Sarita may be on to something.  Only thing is that it is not on his head, just his bottom & lower back w/ nothing on the stomach or genital area.  I'm trying to post the vet's pics to see if anyone has further info:

 

http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A...FVgSuF4oIA

I believ this link will only be available for 24 hrs.  Pls advise, I can't seem to download the pics, I guess they are too many bytes?

 

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User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
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6/29/2012 2:42 PM
{{Vibes}} Keep bus posted! Hopefully your vet can figure it out soon and it's nothing to worry about.
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User is Offline Malp_15
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6/29/2012 3:51 PM
I'm not sure how sebatious adenitis is treated in rabbits, or if that is what your rabbit has, but one of my dogs has it. He gets it inbetween his front toes and it used to pop up 2-3 times/year and everytime we would treat with 10 days of antibiotics, shaving the area to get good margins, and and soaking it in an epsom salt solution once/day for the first couple of days. Everytime it would go away and everything would be fine for a while, but it would be back again. And it was quite a painful area for him to get it Then I started working at a different vet than the one I was going to, and this vet said that she had just read a new article about using benzoyl peroxide (the alternative ingredient to salycilic acid in acne cream), as a preventative measure, on the area that they usually break out on. Low and behold he hasn't had a break out in over a year and a half! I just put a pea sized amount of the cream on the area once a month and so far it's completely preventing it!

If it does turn out to be sebatious adenitis, maybe get your vet to look into the use of benzoyl peroxide for rabbits. Obviously they can't be ingesting it though, so that would be tricky with a rabbit...

User is Offline jerseygirl
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6/29/2012 5:54 PM
It kind of looks like really bad furmite or like mange mite. If you dont see an improvement after treating with Revolution you can eliminate them and look to more uncommon causes. Like SA as Sarita mentioned. He could have a dual problem going on too. something like mite plus a skin infection also.

Poor Bub. {{{Toby}}}
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User is Offline longhairmike
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6/30/2012 5:55 PM
SA flakes were extremely reluctant to release from the skin...

User is Offline BB
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7/01/2012 11:43 AM
Some bunnies can have an allergic reaction to fleas too and it doesn't take a full infestation to cause it. Just another thing to throw out there!

User is Offline RabbitPam
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7/02/2012 7:58 AM
Any update today?
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User is Offline skunklionshow
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7/17/2012 3:38 AM
After several delays (i.e. Vet on vacation, my mom passing away), Tobey has finally had his skin biopsies taken on Friday.  They took a few samples from some of the best scabs.  Vet also did a blood draw to check on thyroid since this is his other theory and there is a correlation b/t thyroid and SA.  His bunny g/f has shown no skin issues, which makes us believe it's not mites or fleas.  Also they did look at a sample under the microscope & found no mites.  We should have results by the end of the week.  My little guy has really turned into the million dollar rabbit.  He's had extensive tx for Corneal scratch & infection & now the skin.  He also does his "binkies" in a special way...much more of a full body shake (like that chill you get when someone walks over your grave) rather than a jump.  Silly Rabbit!
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