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sick rabbit please help

Post by John » Thu, 15 Apr 1999 04:00:00



Hi
I have a friend who bought a young rabbit from a local pet shop a week or so
ago. He was a bit lethargic, and not eating, so she took him to her vet last
Friday.
Usual thing, it doesn't meow or bark, so a dose of antibiotics was
prescribed. He doesn't seem to be improving much, so I got the symptoms from
her.

The rabbit is 16-20 weeks old.
still lethargic and not eating or drinking much. (she is giving him water
through an eye dropper, and he is just about managing some hand fed baby
food)
grinding his teeth
falls over when walking
On at least one occasion, he was walking around for a while with his foot
turned back.
May also have diorriha <excuse spelling>
Thanks in advance for any advice,

John

 
 
 

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Post by Sarah Ame » Thu, 15 Apr 1999 04:00:00


I don't know much about rabbit illnesses, but one thing I know is that this
bunny is really sick.  My advice is the usual : get this bun to a vet
FAST!!
I hope all goes well,
Sarah
 
 
 

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Post by John » Thu, 15 Apr 1999 04:00:00



Quote:
> I don't know much about rabbit illnesses, but one thing I know is that
this
> bunny is really sick.  My advice is the usual : get this bun to a vet
> FAST!!
> I hope all goes well,
> Sarah

About what I thought. Thanks for the reply.
John
 
 
 

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Post by Alis » Thu, 15 Apr 1999 04:00:00




Quote:
>I don't know much about rabbit illnesses, but one thing I know is that this
>bunny is really sick.  My advice is the usual : get this bun to a vet
>FAST!!
>I hope all goes well,
>Sarah

I don't know where this person with the sick bunny lives but obviously
he/she could do with somebody recommending a good bunny vet. I'm in
the UK up in Bradford, W.Yorks. There is a good bunny vet here at the
Thornbury Vetenary group, her name is Rebecca Hanson and the number is
01274 663301. There is more than one practice in Yorkshire.

This rabbit needs help immediately so perhaps others on the list could
post recommended vets numbers etc here as I don't even know if this
person is in the same country.

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Post by Heather Well » Thu, 15 Apr 1999 04:00:00


I second Alison.  Where do you live, John?  Maybe we can help you find a vet
with more rabbit experience.

Heather

Quote:



> >I don't know much about rabbit illnesses, but one thing I know is that this
> >bunny is really sick.  My advice is the usual : get this bun to a vet
> >FAST!!
> >I hope all goes well,
> >Sarah
> I don't know where this person with the sick bunny lives but obviously
> he/she could do with somebody recommending a good bunny vet. I'm in
> the UK up in Bradford, W.Yorks. There is a good bunny vet here at the
> Thornbury Vetenary group, her name is Rebecca Hanson and the number is
> 01274 663301. There is more than one practice in Yorkshire.

> This rabbit needs help immediately so perhaps others on the list could
> post recommended vets numbers etc here as I don't even know if this
> person is in the same country.

> --

>  * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
>  *  Me, Mrs.Flump, Bam-Bam and my two dogs       *
>  *  Honey and Cuddles. Come and see us at:       *
>  *  http://www.lynx.legend.org.uk                *
>  *  Email my mobile phone:                       *
>  *  http://www.lynx.legend.org.uk/lynx_sms.html  *
>  * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

 
 
 

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Post by Cindy McMullen and Vern Webe » Thu, 15 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Hi John,

Finding a good rabbit vet can be difficult.  Have you been to the House Rabbit
Society web site?  http://www.rabbit.org

There you will find a directory of good rabbit vets and other very useful info
on the care of bunnies. Some of those vets will take phone consultations.
Maybe, if you can give an indication of where you are we can reccomend a good
vet for you.

Now about the symptoms,
Loud tooth grinding is a sign of pain.
Falling over - a lack of balance and coordination could be an indication of
head tilt caused by an ear infection.  Head tilt is cureable, but it takes a
great deal of effort and time to bring the infection under control.

Hydrating with water is good and hand feeding is also good.  Try tempting the
bunny with alfalfa hay too.  If the bunny won't drink much water try diluted
fruit juice.  It is sweet and bunnies have a sweet tooth.

Your bunny sounds very sick and he's also very young.  You need to act
quickly, as I'm sure you know.  I hope that everything will work out ok.

Cindy

 
 
 

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Post by MoxShorP » Fri, 16 Apr 1999 04:00:00


John,
If you are in the U.S. go to www.rabbit.org/ and there is a lost of good bunny
vets.  Or let us know where you are and maybe someone here can help you out.
Good luck:)
Kris
Looking for a bunny friend in Western New York?  Hop on down to the Erie County
SPCA, Tonawanda, NY.    We may have just the right rabbit companion for you.
 
 
 

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Post by MoxShorP » Fri, 16 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Awhile back there were some posts about the Bristish House Rabbit Association.
They could maybe recommend a good bunny vet in her area.  The address of their
website is
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/house_rabbit/
Good luck:)
Kris
Looking for a bunny friend in Western New York?  Hop on down to the Erie County
SPCA, Tonawanda, NY.    We may have just the right rabbit companion for you.
 
 
 

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Post by John » Fri, 16 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Thanks everybody. My friend took him to the vet again last night. He got a
steroid injection, some kind of worm treatment, and a vitimin shot <B12 I
think> I passed on what information I had last night, and she will possibly
be taking him there in a day or two again if there is no improvment. I'll
pass on the information tonight when she calls me, and also check out the
british house rabbit association. I'll post again as soon as I get some more
info.

John

 
 
 

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Post by SCagle28 » Sat, 17 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Dear John,
  I feel for you,I really do.But steriod shots arent going to help.The reason
being is because its in the brain.Scientists used to believe it had something
to do with the interear.Trust me,I've been there.When one of my does got it I
contacted a Proffesor that was head of a research team through the ARBA.Vets
really dont know about the disease,you need to contact a specialist. Call the
ARBA,they would have the Docs number.
Amber
 
 
 

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Post by John » Tue, 20 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Sorry to report, my friend's rabbit died Friday evening. She is pretty sure
it is coccidiosis. A second rabbit she bought a few days later has it now.
<both bought from the same shop> So She is going to the vet tonight to
demand treatment for this. Apparently the symptoms and their order were
identical to the ones for this disease. The pet shop is claiming that they
were both in perfect health when she bought them a few weeks ago, but I have
my doubts.
Anyway, She asked me to send you her thanks for the help you have all given.
BFN
John
 
 
 

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Post by Celia Moor » Tue, 20 Apr 1999 04:00:00


So sorry to hear that John, give her a hug for us. Hope the new bun
recovers!

Celia and Bunnie.


Quote:
> Sorry to report, my friend's rabbit died Friday evening. She is pretty
sure
> it is coccidiosis. A second rabbit she bought a few days later has it now.
> <both bought from the same shop> So She is going to the vet tonight to
> demand treatment for this. Apparently the symptoms and their order were
> identical to the ones for this disease. The pet shop is claiming that they
> were both in perfect health when she bought them a few weeks ago, but I
have
> my doubts.
> Anyway, She asked me to send you her thanks for the help you have all
given.
> BFN
> John

 
 
 

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Post by Arlett » Tue, 20 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Hi John,
    Please tell your friend that we are very sorry about her rabbit and that
we hope the other one can be saved!!

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God Bless, Arlette, Cocoa Conejo & Brownie