I agree with the thoughts on injectable penicillin. It is tolerated quite well by a lot of rabbits. Of course, there is a risk, as with any antibiotic but it can be very effective when used. It's the "go to" antibiotic my vet uses when there is abscess or a fast moving infection.
I think it gets a bad rap in regards to rabbits because of oral penicillins being such a problem for their gut flora.
It would be fortunate if Tom's condition is syphilis rather then the SA! It's treatable. But it does need the right type of penicillin and duration to really knock it on the head.
Hopefully the vets will be able to accurately diagnose and treat Tom. Very possible he has multiply things going on. EC, syph, mite etc can all lie dormant then become a problem when a rabbit ages or their immune system becomes taxed for whatever reason. Opportunistic parasites and/or bacteria make their presence known.
I had a thought when I read that Toffee seemed a bit out of sorts too... could you be having a visitor in the yard that is causing some stress to both buns? Cat? Fox? Other?
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Are the porridge oats cooked first ?
Bladder sludge is a build up of excess calcium in the bladder:
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Lots of reading matter there - well you did ask!
Grass is great - it's hay with the moisture retained
No, you don't have to cook the oats first. Some people do - I never have
Will try that thanks. This forum and the support from you guys is brilliant. Many thanks !
Tom very much likes porridge it seems. Just gave him a flat teaspoon of oats, lightly soaked before hand. Yum.
Tom has really gooey, sticky discharge from his eyes. Think the Baytril knocked it originally but it has been back for several days and now is quite noticeable. Anyone got any good ways of dealing with it ?
Can you offer Rosie and Lucy a Forever Home, they have been waiting for so long ? The girls are beautiful, Rosie has a bit of 'Hare' about her and Lucy has a little mane and tufty bum fluff !.