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    Default Anyone experienced Rabbit snotty nose and weight loss?

    I was wondering, as there've been several rabbits I know of late that have had snotty noses and where the owner has found it difficult to get weight on them.

    I wondered if anyone had any info, or experience to shed light on this?
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    Could it be something as simple as smell stimulating appetite ? Like when humans have a cold they complain of food tasting like cardboard or whatever

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    Tan, my almost 8yr old doe, has always been the lightest of the three rabbits. She doesn't eat any less and in fact I think all of them eat a lot.

    She is being monitored by my vet for arthritis, muscle wastage and difficulty in maintaining weight. She had a review appointment yesterday and we discussed the possibility of her having mild Pasteurella. She has a previous history of a jaw abscess, treated with surgery and Penicillin about 3 years ago, which was not connected with dental issues. She's never had dental issues. She had quite a bad LRTI very soon after I rescued her, but none since. The only hint that it could be Pasteurella is that when she gets stressed, as yesterday because of the vet visit, she leaks clear fluid from her nose. It only happens when she's very stressed and the fluid is always clear.

    So I can quite safely say that her problem with maintaining weight is not because of not eating. So that leaves the possiblity that Pasteurella affects the absorption of nutrients in some way, but I've not heard that before.

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    There is normally a relation.

    If still eating normally it tends to be due to an underlying infection which is making it hard for the body to absorb everything properly etc.

    If not eating properly, as J&B said it tends to be due to an inability to smell things properly and food not tasting quite right

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    Could it be something as simple as smell stimulating appetite ? Like when humans have a cold they complain of food tasting like cardboard or whatever

    Thanks JB

    The thing is, in the cases I am looking at, there isn't a lack of appetite.
    In some cases quite the reverse .. a ravenous wanting to eat everything

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omi View Post
    Tan, my almost 8yr old doe, has always been the lightest of the three rabbits. She doesn't eat any less and in fact I think all of them eat a lot.

    She is being monitored by my vet for arthritis, muscle wastage and difficulty in maintaining weight. She had a review appointment yesterday and we discussed the possibility of her having mild Pasteurella. She has a previous history of a jaw abscess, treated with surgery and Penicillin about 3 years ago, which was not connected with dental issues. She's never had dental issues. She had quite a bad LRTI very soon after I rescued her, but none since. The only hint that it could be Pasteurella is that when she gets stressed, as yesterday because of the vet visit, she leaks clear fluid from her nose. It only happens when she's very stressed and the fluid is always clear.

    So I can quite safely say that her problem with maintaining weight is not because of not eating. So that leaves the possiblity that Pasteurella affects the absorption of nutrients in some way, but I've not heard that before.

    This is all very interesting Omi

    Your case very much accords with what I was thinking of.. the possiblity that Pasteurella affects the absorption of nutrients. Or a low grade infection affects absorption of nutrients.

    I think I might try/suggest a supplement that helps absorption of nutrients and see whether that affects weight and health.

    Thank you for your input

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    This is all very interesting Omi

    Your case very much accords with what I was thinking of.. the possiblity that Pasteurella affects the absorption of nutrients. Or a low grade infection affects absorption of nutrients.

    I think I might try/suggest a supplement that helps absorption of nutrients and see whether that affects weight and health.

    Thank you for your input
    I would be interested to know what you are thinking of using and any results you achieve, please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daphnephoebe View Post
    There is normally a relation.

    If still eating normally it tends to be due to an underlying infection which is making it hard for the body to absorb everything properly etc.

    If not eating properly, as J&B said it tends to be due to an inability to smell things properly and food not tasting quite right

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    Thank you dp

    I know what supplements I am looking for, and my specialist vet is on board with this in case anyone thinks I am being a maverick We are trying to help several bunnies so hopefully we can study the outcome.

    I was interested in peoples' experiences on here

    Thanks all

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    That's interesting, one of my rabbits had lost a bit of weight at his last health check so the vet nurse asked me to keep an eye on his weight as he's already quite thin. He eats well so I assumed the other 2 were maybe just eating quicker than him but he is the one that sneezes occasionally. He's never been diagnosed with pasteurella or any other infection, I do mention the sneezing when he's at the vet for vacs, health checks etc and the vet has checked him over and said it's probably just hay / dust causing the sneezing. He has done this pretty much since we got him (he's 2 now, we adopted him aged around 4 months).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casco View Post
    That's interesting, one of my rabbits had lost a bit of weight at his last health check so the vet nurse asked me to keep an eye on his weight as he's already quite thin. He eats well so I assumed the other 2 were maybe just eating quicker than him but he is the one that sneezes occasionally. He's never been diagnosed with pasteurella or any other infection, I do mention the sneezing when he's at the vet for vacs, health checks etc and the vet has checked him over and said it's probably just hay / dust causing the sneezing. He has done this pretty much since we got him (he's 2 now, we adopted him aged around 4 months).

    Thank you Casco - this sounds very familiar

    I am determined to get to the bottom of this mystery!

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