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Last Post by Kokaneeandkahlua at 10/12/2012 9:21 AM (6 Replies)
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User is Offline lorenzobunny
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10/11/2012 10:12 AM
I've a 4 year old female neutered rabbit.
In the last week of August I noticed stools become a bit little than usual so I started to keep an eye on it.
Then, a week after, feces became softer, joined together and losing their physiological shape.
I went to a rabbit-savvy vet that prescribed a probiotic paste for pets and a proper diet with hay and pellets.
I little premise: my rabbit has always eaten high quality hay, pellets, fresh vegetables like chicory,
carrots and nothing else.
Then her gastro enteric situation continued to deteriorate until to runny stool and diarrhea.
My vet prescribed a 7 days therapy with antibiotics.
3 feces exams have been made to look for intestinal parasites but they resulted negative meanwhile the rabbit
experienced moments of diarrhea and moments of intestinal stasis. No temperature alterations.
She's losing weight. So it's one month and a half that she's experiencing this situation.
She doesn't seem to have physical pain but obviously she rests a lot.
Now, as if that were not enough, a new symptom is appeared: she sneezes and snuffles (like a whistle).
Is not very noisy, without discharge: my vet did not find anything in checking her teeth, no fever.
The problem, not feeling the smell (so it seems), is that she's less enticed to eat.

Is there anyone who can help me?

Thanks
Lorenzo

User is Offline Sarita
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10/11/2012 10:15 AM
Hi Lorenzo, did the vet do a thorough examination of her teeth?

User is Offline lorenzobunny
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10/11/2012 9:54 PM
Posted By Sarita on 10/11/2012 01:15 PM
Hi Lorenzo, did the vet do a thorough examination of her teeth?

Yes, Sarita. I've been to the vet 5 times and she checked the teeth every time.

Thanks


User is Offline Sarita
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10/12/2012 2:24 AM
Has the vet done any bloodwork?

As for the teeth - it might be wise to have the vet sedate her and do a very thorough dental exam including the back molars which can be difficult to see even with an otocscope.

User is Offline Sarita
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10/12/2012 2:24 AM
Also has the vet done any x-rays?

User is Offline lorenzobunny
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10/12/2012 3:38 AM
Posted By Sarita on 10/12/2012 05:24 AM
Also has the vet done any x-rays?

Not yet, but we talked about taking it in account.

We haven't a bloodwork only urine that shows an higher ph and trace of blood and crystals (probably related to little stones in kidney or bladder). For this reason we're giving Vitamin C.
The rabbit eats a little but when he does, he does it with pleasure so I'm undecided whether to force feeding or not (it's a great stress for her) because she's losing weight.



User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
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10/12/2012 9:21 AM
I agree with Sarita-some blood work and an xray. Teeth problems can be really hard to detect just looking in the mouth, an xray could show much more. Also bloodwork could be very useful.

In the meantime, you mentioned force feeding-do you have critical care or could you get some? It may be a very good thing to do some force feeding to keep your bunny hydrated, fed and things moving along
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