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    BUMP THIS THREAD OR MAKE IT STICKY....PLEASE. We all think of coccidosis as being the disease of baby buns...but thats the intestinal one.

    The scariest is the hepatic or liver version....anybun of any age can be affected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by purplebumble View Post
    the thing i am lost about...is what symptoms to look for in a coccidia laden bunny..the hepatic/billiary version.
    In my experience, the main symptom is sudden and rapid weight loss even though the bun is still eating well and acting normally. Poos have mostly appeared completely normal although I have also known it to manifest with jelly-like substance around the poos. Sadly I have also found that they seem to turn a corner and look as if they're starting to get better, only to suddenly die - a bit like myxi in that respect.

    In any multi-rabbit situation, I would suspect cocci if there was sudden weight loss in more than one rabbit, if concurrent or especially if it seems to happen in turn (i.e. because each of them is 'catching' it from another bun so it is taking a bit longer to come through.

    Hepatic cocci is so devastating, I too would love to see more information and awareness of it
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    I have asked for this to be made a sticky but no-one is replying to my PMs...........

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    Thankyou so much for informing us of this disease...Im going to print it out & keep it as a reference....thankyou Jane!

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    hmm wakey wakey mods/admin sticky PLEASE.

    i wonder if theyll ever be able to do a blood test to show infection with hepatic coccidia like they do for EC one day?

    for my experience in it....poor dazy-mae was so lively and friendly and playful it was great..then three weeks or so in we presumed it was stress as she was still eating n pooping and moving but for two days she went queit and i took her to the vets.shed been doing soft poos too..i thought it was stress from getting hold of melrin and beating him up....or the stress of bonding even tho it wasnt true bonding..just mixed playtimes and snoozes and meals..it works with buns who are basically laid back. suddenly she kept attacking merlin and the cats for no apparant reason. i took her to see a vet...then found a haematoma on her tummy that was from her beating up merlin.
    so i took her to my local vet whos left to have a baby and was usually pretty good with buns. she never took her temp either. and that night i had to rush poor dazy-mae to the other vets that gem uses..and they took her temp...42C they tried to save her life..sat evening she was looking better..temp was almost normal and she was taking large feeds syringed. then sunday 1pmish vet rang...she was getting worse again..so by 3pm aftr sayng she was not improving at all we agreed to go have her pts. and we did..she wasnt in her body if you know what i mean

    i have posted her post mortem results in health...if anyone can simplify it for me or make better sense than i could or the vet..how can pulmonary oedema occur with no chest/lung crackles?
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    Quote Originally Posted by purplebumble View Post
    hmm wakey wakey mods/admin sticky PLEASE.

    i wonder if theyll ever be able to do a blood test to show infection with hepatic coccidia like they do for EC one day?

    for my experience in it....poor dazy-mae was so lively and friendly and playful it was great..then three weeks or so in we presumed it was stress as she was still eating n pooping and moving but for two days she went queit and i took her to the vets.shed been doing soft poos too..i thought it was stress from getting hold of melrin and beating him up....or the stress of bonding even tho it wasnt true bonding..just mixed playtimes and snoozes and meals..it works with buns who are basically laid back. suddenly she kept attacking merlin and the cats for no apparant reason. i took her to see a vet...then found a haematoma on her tummy that was from her beating up merlin.
    so i took her to my local vet whos left to have a baby and was usually pretty good with buns. she never took her temp either. and that night i had to rush poor dazy-mae to the other vets that gem uses..and they took her temp...42C they tried to save her life..sat evening she was looking better..temp was almost normal and she was taking large feeds syringed. then sunday 1pmish vet rang...she was getting worse again..so by 3pm aftr sayng she was not improving at all we agreed to go have her pts. and we did..she wasnt in her body if you know what i mean

    i have posted her post mortem results in health...if anyone can simplify it for me or make better sense than i could or the vet..how can pulmonary oedema occur with no chest/lung crackles?
    I have posted my thoughts re the PM results on the other thread

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    thank you for your input jane.

    i will never know and just feel guilty and sad.

    in a weeks time the buns are due their next two day course of baycox...then i have to collect poo samples.

    i hope it comes up under control.

    been advised not to do vaccs until baycox finished and buns had a chance to calm down...of course merlins due his exam on the mass in his tummy too.
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    Thank you jane its always good to read information about illness's then we can tackle it at the first signs!

    I did look at the sites and sorry if i missed somthing but how can it be prevented? sorry if i missed it although i only have two buns you never know..


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    sadly no there is no preventative measures.....only treatment.

    some buns have no symptoms..other have.

    if ever your buns have a fever or even gi probs..its worth seeing a vet..if theres ever any suspicion then they can do a fecal float test.....and then treat and then repeat test....

    dazy-mae had the hepatic version..her bile duct and liver was affected.

    she suddenly had gi issues..lost of soft poos but we put it down to the stress of the fight she had with merlin...she attacked him.

    then she got very quiet....and then i noticed she wasnt eating or drinking as much as she had been and more soft poops than formed..so i took her to the vet..she was showing signs of beginning of gi stasis..but if only the first two vets had taken her temp.....

    but by then of course shed have been on her way out anyway.
    but she was only with us a few weeks...i was just learning their behaviour traits to see when theyre ill etc....i hadnt had her long enough.and it was just gi symptoms like a lot of my buns over the years have had.

    infection is via infected bunny poops/cecals..or the surfaces their poo touches...even the grass.

    buns are more likely to get the intestinal version...either way its not something ive dealt with before.....and i know others havernt either...forewarned is forearmed
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    Quote Originally Posted by beccimarie View Post
    I did look at the sites and sorry if i missed somthing but how can it be prevented? sorry if i missed it
    It's hard to totally prevent but you can minimise the risk by daily cleaning of litter trays. The spores take 48 hours to become infective so if all poops are removed daily, there is less opportunity for them to reinfect themselves. It's absolutely not foolproof especially as bunny poop has a habit of getting absolutely everywhere and it will get onto the hay and bedding as well, but it is a small step which may help to minimise the risk.
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