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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HOUSE RABBIT Q & A > Chacha's ear problem - Diagnosed
Last Post by LittlePuffyTail at 11/08/2010 1:42 AM (9 Replies)
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User is Offline LoveChaCha
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11/05/2010 11:18 AM

I went to a vet last month because my vet was not available for a while. Chacha has been shaking her head and itching her right ear like crazy - it tends to happen after I have given her pets for long periods of time.

After seeing several vets that could not find the cause of it - I finally have an answer.

Chacha got an ear culture test done. It came back - as an external ear yeast infection

I told the vet all of her history up until now - when it began in June/July and how many times she was put on Baytril for it. The medication helped, but the symptoms came back.

The vet wanted to rule out potential illnesses like pastrella, so she did an ear test.

She gave me medicine, something that IS Baytril, but with something else added onto the name. It is ear drops that I put into Chacha's ear and massage the base of the ear after I administer the drops.  The vet wants to get the yeast cleared up and take another look into her ear, so I scheduled a follow up on Friday November 19th.

I am hoping that it is just the yeast.

The vet was really really thorough with me - which impressed me! She made sure I had all of my questions answered and was very very patient.  She said a lot of rabbits pass down bacteria from one another, whether it is from mother to child or if the rabbit has been with other rabbits.

The vet has been working with dogs, cats, and rabbits for 14 years. She especially loves rabbits and sees 'em weekly  She complimented Chacha on her pretty coloring. She said she will be calling me within the week or so to see how Chacha is doing, otherwise, I will see her in 2 weeks!

I am very satisifed with this vet!

Here are some photos that I took of Chacha while the vet was examining the culture swab:
(She let her wonder around the exam room)


User is Offline Sarita
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11/05/2010 12:58 PM
Glad you found a vet that you are happy with - that is so important and more importantly you know what the cause of her ear troubles are.

Please keep us updated on the progress.

Healing vibes to Chacha.

User is Offline bunnytowne
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11/05/2010 3:27 PM

Awe little Chacha    hope it cures the problem there

looks like she had a good time exploring the exam room    I love her attitude and expressions

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User is Offline Michelle&Lolli
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11/05/2010 6:40 PM
Yay! You possibly found out what it is! What a relief!

I like how she has to stop and clean the hoomin cooties off her. lol Lolli does the same.

User is Offline LoveChaCha
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11/05/2010 7:19 PM

The vet also mentioned that she did not see any white blood cells in the culture test - which is a good thing. It could really be anything, so I am a little scared. I am just hoping that she gets better. It isn't pus that she found (commonly found in abscesses) but yeast.

User is Offline KatnipCrzy
Holland, MI
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11/06/2010 2:52 PM

Baytril is an antimicrobial/antibiotic- so if the added medication will treat yeast and the Baytril prevents a secondary bacterial infection it sounds like Chacha is on the right track to clearing up the ear infection.

If the yeast was present before that could explain why straight Baytril did not cure the problem completely previously and why the constant reoccurences.

Baytril Otic ear drops are for both bacteria and yeast/fungus.  But Baytril oral is bacteria only.

Are you giving medication orally or into the ears?

Cotton and Schroeder- Mini Lops Griffin- English Lop

User is Offline LoveChaCha
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11/06/2010 6:26 PM
The Medication is going into the right ear for 2 weeks. And it is named baytril otic!


User is Offline RabbitPam
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11/07/2010 1:53 AM
I'm so pleased for you that you found a vet you really like. Chacha was saying "Mom, there's a new vet in town I want to try" and was scratching her ear because you weren't listening!
SPIKE, my snuggle bunny (aka Spikey Marbles)

User is Offline Dee
Upton, MA
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11/07/2010 4:49 AM
RabbitPam- lol ^^ the things our buns have to do to get a message across.

Brittany, your new vet sounds great- it can be hard to find rabbit experienced vets at all, let alone a really good one. I have made the mistake of waiting til I had a sick bun to really think of whether my regular vet was up on all the latest rabbit medical treatments. I'm wondering if you find her (vet) through House Rabbit or here, or just on your own?
I'm no expert, but sounds like the Baytril otic will kill both bacteria and yeast, so I would think it would fix the problem. Good luck with this- Chacha is such a cute bunny- love the white under her chin!

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
New Brunswick, Canada
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11/08/2010 1:42 AM
Hopefully it will be clear when you take her to the vet again. Bindi has had yeast infections as well as bacteria infections and the yeast has always cleared up without too much trouble so I wouldn't be too worried. He's never been prescribed the same ear drops as Chacha though. Do you clean her ears with anything or does she keep them pretty clean?
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