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    Is it not the case though that elderly rabbits sometimes have a problem with keeping their weight up and so in Tan's case it could be due to that, rather than a possible diagnosis of Pasteurella?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omi View Post
    Is it not the case though that elderly rabbits sometimes have a problem with keeping their weight up and so in Tan's case it could be due to that, rather than a possible diagnosis of Pasteurella?

    Yes, definitely elderlies do have that issue, in my experience. But the rabbits I have come across are not particularly elderly. I have also noticed in two cases that the weight loss coincided with a runny nose.

    I found that a rabbit in good health would maintain weight until around 12 years, and only then (and other circumstances had come into play by then also) would find keeping weight on an issue.

    It's just that the two things seem to happen at the same time ....

    Perhaps a decline in the immune system has something to do with nutrient absorption?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    Yes, definitely elderlies do have that issue, in my experience. But the rabbits I have come across are not particularly elderly. I have also noticed in two cases that the weight loss coincided with a runny nose.

    I found that a rabbit in good health would maintain weight until around 12 years, and only then (and other circumstances had come into play by then also) would find keeping weight on an issue.

    It's just that the two things seem to happen at the same time ....

    Perhaps a decline in the immune system has something to do with nutrient absorption?
    Yes, that certainly would make sense.

    Please keep me informed about what supplements you intend to try. I would be interested to try to help Tan.

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    This is a very interesting thread. I had one bunny with chronic pasturella & she was a skinny little thing (I'd always attributed that to her not being food motivated & always on the go). You should go see FHB Q&A thing in Sept & see if she has observed anything

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    This is a very interesting thread. I had one bunny with chronic pasturella & she was a skinny little thing (I'd always attributed that to her not being food motivated & always on the go). You should go see FHB Q&A thing in Sept & see if she has observed anything

    My understanding was that she was answering only set questions that has already been submitted?

    Interesting re your rabbit. I don't think extra calories is the issue, as all the rabbits I have known have eaten like horses. I definitely think it's to do with the immune system, and that's the way I'm going on this one at the moment.

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    If you remember my Lady Blue, she too suffered with snotty nose for months.. and in the last month she was dropping weight so fast! i was feeding her endless amounts of Oxbow Critical Care and smashed nuggets but she was just getting skinnier and skinnier.. The vet said to me he knew the second she was losing weight that she'd given up the fight.. he was right i think as a week later she crossed over <3

    I put it down to her having to use so much energy in breathing that she was burning so much of the food off that nothing was actually keeping the weight on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharpie View Post
    If you remember my Lady Blue, she too suffered with snotty nose for months.. and in the last month she was dropping weight so fast! i was feeding her endless amounts of Oxbow Critical Care and smashed nuggets but she was just getting skinnier and skinnier.. The vet said to me he knew the second she was losing weight that she'd given up the fight.. he was right i think as a week later she crossed over <3

    I put it down to her having to use so much energy in breathing that she was burning so much of the food off that nothing was actually keeping the weight on.

    Yes I do remember Lady Blue. You may be right - a rabbit that is using up calories to simply breathe, or to fight infection, may well not put on weight however much they eat.

    I have changed the title to encompass weight loss in general, as I am really interested to see whether there's a link between bacterial infection and loss of weight.

    I am still *always with vet's supervision* trying out methods of controlling infection and combating weight loss.

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    Winston lost weight recently, but his appetite was fine and he was eating really well. He was treating for liver coccidiosis although neither the vet nor myself were very convinced he had it. I upped the rabbits feed so they get a scoop of pellets in the evening and that seems to have helped him maintain a healthy weight. He has been sneezing quite a lot recently, but no nasal discharge, still eating well and seems happy in himself so i've put it down to slightly dusty hay. I know i'm not really contributing much to this discussion....but it sort of seemed vaguely relevant!

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    When Flo had pneumonia she lost a lot of weight. She sneezed a lot, but no nasal discharge, and had increased respiratory rate/effort.
    Since it's been quite difficult to get the weight back on, she is slowly getting there, I fed (under guidance of my vet) double the amount of pellets and also a tsp of dry oats a day. She is still probably a little skinny but is not losing still

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImoT View Post
    Winston lost weight recently, but his appetite was fine and he was eating really well. He was treating for liver coccidiosis although neither the vet nor myself were very convinced he had it. I upped the rabbits feed so they get a scoop of pellets in the evening and that seems to have helped him maintain a healthy weight. He has been sneezing quite a lot recently, but no nasal discharge, still eating well and seems happy in himself so i've put it down to slightly dusty hay. I know i'm not really contributing much to this discussion....but it sort of seemed vaguely relevant!

    Thank you ImoT

    The thing about rabbits is that when they sneeze, or have a clear discharge (or even a white discharge) they are often themselves and run about as normal. It's so difficult to know what's going on!

    What you posted was very relevant. I am interested in all cases of rabbit weight loss, and what people did to help their rabbit put weight back on.

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