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    My vet called this morning and we weren't home, but I got a message from her on the answering machine saying that the culture results came back and the bacteria Yuki has needs a special medication, and the Baytril won't really help for it. I'm freaking out now because I couldn't really make out the exact name of the bacteria so I have no way of researching it. It sounded like Actido Vi something or other. The doctor is in an appointment right now so I have to wait for her to call me. Meanwhile I am so nervous I feel sick. This bacteria sounds very serious if not even the Baytril can take care of it.

    Also, I have no idea how I'm going to pick up this medication. My mom refuses to drive all the way to the city, and I don't think the local vets would be able to make it. I thought he was finally getting better. He was eating a lot more, and he had more energy, so this news comes as a real blow.

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    I can understand why you are worried, but try not to worry until you hear back from the vet.

    The good news is that they know what is wrong and that it can be treated. It may just be an unusual type of bacteria that is not so common and thats why Baytril wont work. For instance, sometimes us humans need antibiotics based on penicillin and sometimes we need steroids or a completely different kind of medication all together.

    The vet will be able to advise you about where to get the medication from - you may be able to order it urgently over the internet for next day delivery perhaps? Though obviously I dont know if it can wait this long. Seek the vets advice, tell her your situation and go from there.


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    Your vets should be able to order it in for you if they dont stock it.

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    I really had to beg my mom and she finally said she would pick it up. But I haven't heard back from the vet yet. I can't help worrying since this bacteria does sound rather nasty if it needs a special medication for it. I just wish she would call back so I could know what's happening. I really can't stand this waiting.

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    Try not to worry too much - the fact that the bacteria is resistant to baytril doesn't necessarily mean it's nasty or a big problem, lots of bacteria are resistant to baytril. Baytril is just one antibiotic that is effective against just one set of bacteria.

    The only reason they use it first is because (in the UK anyway) it's the only one licensed for use in rabbits, but there are plenty of others that are perfectly safe and frequently used. I really wouldn't panic yet - in fact I would be pleased that your vet is going to give you something other than baytril, as there are definitely options out there that tend to work much better on respiratory tract/jaw type infections
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    I think what I'm most worried about is that I don't know where this bacteria was from since she took two cultures, one from his nose, and one from his mouth where the tooth fell out. I just don't know how serious it is, and she still hasn't called me back. It's driving me crazy! I just hope it's something that will go away quickly on the new antibiotic, and I hope I can quit giving him some of the other medications since he's really getting out of it from taking so many.

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    Best of luck, hopefully the new meds will work for you, sending positive vibes x


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    I'm so mad at my mom right now. She told me she would go pick it up today, now she changed her mind. I finally did talk to the vet and it turns out Yuki has the same bacteria in both his nose and mouth that is causing the green discharge in his nose and puss in his mouth. I forget the name of it, it's a really long complicated name. I had a choice between coming in every week for 6 weeks to get a penicillin injection, but that would be impossible for us considering my mom would never go once a week all the way to the city. There is this oral one she said was good too and would be just as effective which I also forgot the name of. I wanted to go pick it up today, but my mom refuses. I don't think she'll even go tomorrow! I don't know what to do now because only they can make this medication up for him! And if he doesn't get it ASAP it'll get worse! I don't know what to do now.

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    I would carry on with the Baytril until you manage to sort out picking up the medication that your rabbit needs. The fact they have identified an antibiotic that will work is great. Can I advise you that before talking to your vet next time, you have a pen too hand to write down any words you are unlikely to remember. Dont feel embarrassed about asking them to spell words you need to look up. You are paying for their expertise and they need to understand that you are not medically qualified. Alternatively, get them to fax or email you a summary of their advice so you know what bacteria they identified and also the treatment they recommended.

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    The vet actually told me to stop giving the Baytril, but I will keep giving it to him until I get the actual prescription. At least then he's getting something. He's also still getting the Metronidazole. The vet said to keep him on that, and is going to give me a refill of it.

    I know I should have wrote down the bacteria name, as well as the medication she recommended. I was just so upset at the time I didn't think about it. I really hope my mom will drive me tomorrow. If she does, then I'll ask them what the name of the bacteria is, it should be in his file, and I'll definitely have the name of the medication then too. I'm a little worried, though, because she said this medication may cause a little diarrhea.

    I asked them if they could send the prescription to my local vet, but they told me the vet wouldn't be able to make it. I'm not sure why.

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