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    Hello
    My rabbit, Theo, has been breathing oddly for a few months now. There's no other way for me to describe it except for how it sounds as though he has a blocked nose - it's very sniffly. (It's not snoring, I've watched videos online and it's not as loud or high pitched, its more as if hes snorting quietly). He still acts completely fine, he has been eating, drinking, binkying, etc. But today I went outside to see him and when i stroked him, he felt oddly skinny. I'm not sure whether I'm just imagining it, because when I took out some lettuce and a treat he ate them eagerly. I picked him up and the breathing became more intense (he's never liked being picked up, though - so I'm assuming that might be why?)
    I have another rabbit, Tilly, who is completely fine and has never breathed like Theo does. I'm not sure if it's normal and some rabbits get it, or whether it's a sign that something is wrong.
    When I put them out to play in the grass, he runs about and I don't tend to hear the breathing then - whether that's just me growing immune to it or not I'm unsure.

    I'm going to take him to the vet tomorrow, but I'd just like to know whether anyone else has experienced this or whether it is something rare? And also, if any advice could be given regarding what I could do for my rabbit in the meantime, or perhaps a way to prevent it?

    I feel quite bad because I've recently had exams and not had much time to spend with them, and it's worried me that I may have neglected them a bit I love them to bits so things like this worry me.

    Please give any advice, and let me know if this has been known before?

    Millie x

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    Quote Originally Posted by tillyandtheo View Post
    Hello
    My rabbit, Theo, has been breathing oddly for a few months now. There's no other way for me to describe it except for how it sounds as though he has a blocked nose - it's very sniffly. (It's not snoring, I've watched videos online and it's not as loud or high pitched, its more as if hes snorting quietly). He still acts completely fine, he has been eating, drinking, binkying, etc. But today I went outside to see him and when i stroked him, he felt oddly skinny. I'm not sure whether I'm just imagining it, because when I took out some lettuce and a treat he ate them eagerly. I picked him up and the breathing became more intense (he's never liked being picked up, though - so I'm assuming that might be why?)
    I have another rabbit, Tilly, who is completely fine and has never breathed like Theo does. I'm not sure if it's normal and some rabbits get it, or whether it's a sign that something is wrong.
    When I put them out to play in the grass, he runs about and I don't tend to hear the breathing then - whether that's just me growing immune to it or not I'm unsure.

    I'm going to take him to the vet tomorrow, but I'd just like to know whether anyone else has experienced this or whether it is something rare? And also, if any advice could be given regarding what I could do for my rabbit in the meantime, or perhaps a way to prevent it?

    I feel quite bad because I've recently had exams and not had much time to spend with them, and it's worried me that I may have neglected them a bit I love them to bits so things like this worry me.

    Please give any advice, and let me know if this has been known before?

    Millie x

    Hi Millie and welcome to the Forum

    I am sorry to hear about Theo's breathing.

    I have just begun a thread about rabbits who are sniffly/snotty and weight loss. I am trying to establish a connection and then see how best to deal with it.

    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...e-a-connection

    Of course, Theo may not be in this category at all, but alarm bells rang and I wanted you to know that you are not alone

    It's good to know that his appetite is still good. I would be very interested in what the vet says when you take him tomorrow.

    Please don't worry about having neglected him - life happens and we all have a lot to do. We do our best for caring for our rabbit friends, and they don't make it easy for us the way they hide their illnesses ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    Hi Millie and welcome to the Forum

    I am sorry to hear about Theo's breathing.

    I have just begun a thread about rabbits who are sniffly/snotty and weight loss. I am trying to establish a connection and then see how best to deal with it.

    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...e-a-connection

    Of course, Theo may not be in this category at all, but alarm bells rang and I wanted you to know that you are not alone

    It's good to know that his appetite is still good. I would be very interested in what the vet says when you take him tomorrow.

    Please don't worry about having neglected him - life happens and we all have a lot to do. We do our best for caring for our rabbit friends, and they don't make it easy for us the way they hide their illnesses ..
    Thank you!

    That thread has really helped

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    Quote Originally Posted by tillyandtheo View Post
    Thank you!

    That thread has really helped


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    Quote Originally Posted by tillyandtheo View Post
    Hello
    My rabbit, Theo, has been breathing oddly for a few months now. There's no other way for me to describe it except for how it sounds as though he has a blocked nose - it's very sniffly. (It's not snoring, I've watched videos online and it's not as loud or high pitched, its more as if hes snorting quietly). He still acts completely fine, he has been eating, drinking, binkying, etc. But today I went outside to see him and when i stroked him, he felt oddly skinny. I'm not sure whether I'm just imagining it, because when I took out some lettuce and a treat he ate them eagerly. I picked him up and the breathing became more intense (he's never liked being picked up, though - so I'm assuming that might be why?)
    I have another rabbit, Tilly, who is completely fine and has never breathed like Theo does. I'm not sure if it's normal and some rabbits get it, or whether it's a sign that something is wrong.
    When I put them out to play in the grass, he runs about and I don't tend to hear the breathing then - whether that's just me growing immune to it or not I'm unsure.

    I'm going to take him to the vet tomorrow, but I'd just like to know whether anyone else has experienced this or whether it is something rare? And also, if any advice could be given regarding what I could do for my rabbit in the meantime, or perhaps a way to prevent it?

    I feel quite bad because I've recently had exams and not had much time to spend with them, and it's worried me that I may have neglected them a bit I love them to bits so things like this worry me.

    Please give any advice, and let me know if this has been known before?

    Millie x
    You are wise to be consulting your Vet today and I hope all goes well. 'Odd' breathing can be due to a Respiratory Tract infection, but there are other possible causes too. Weightloss may be caused by the fact that the Rabbit is burning dietary calories fighting infection. Or the Rabbit may have an underlying condition causing weightloss,( there are several possibilities) which in turn leads to the Rabbit developing an active RTI. Many Rabbits carry Pasteurella in their respiratory tract but at a sub-clinical level. Symptoms only presenting when the Rabbit's immune system is challenged by other physiological stressors.

    http://www.petmd.com/rabbit/conditio...rb_weight_loss

    So weightloss may be both a symptom of a RTI or part of the cause. Hence getting the Rabbit examined by a Rabbit Savvy Vet ASAP is the best way forward. Good luck

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    Good luck for the vet today

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack's-Jane View Post
    You are wise to be consulting your Vet today and I hope all goes well. 'Odd' breathing can be due to a Respiratory Tract infection, but there are other possible causes too. Weightloss may be caused by the fact that the Rabbit is burning dietary calories fighting infection. Or the Rabbit may have an underlying condition causing weightloss,( there are several possibilities) which in turn leads to the Rabbit developing an active RTI. Many Rabbits carry Pasteurella in their respiratory tract but at a sub-clinical level. Symptoms only presenting when the Rabbit's immune system is challenged by other physiological stressors.

    http://www.petmd.com/rabbit/conditio...rb_weight_loss

    So weightloss may be both a symptom of a RTI or part of the cause. Hence getting the Rabbit examined by a Rabbit Savvy Vet ASAP is the best way forward. Good luck
    Thank you so much for this info! Im glad that people know about this and it shows im not alone

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    Good luck for the vet today
    Thank you! The appointment is at 2:40. I'm a bit nervous but will let you know what they say

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    Quote Originally Posted by tillyandtheo View Post
    Thank you! The appointment is at 2:40. I'm a bit nervous but will let you know what they say

    Perhaps write things down - the questions you wish to ask? Vets can be a bit daunting, and sometimes its hard to take in everything they say. I always write down (or ask them to) whatever it is they refer to.

    My specialist, when she recently did some diagnostics on my rabbit, said - 'I've written everything down for you already as I know you would want that!'

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    Perhaps write things down - the questions you wish to ask? Vets can be a bit daunting, and sometimes its hard to take in everything they say. I always write down (or ask them to) whatever it is they refer to.

    My specialist, when she recently did some diagnostics on my rabbit, said - 'I've written everything down for you already as I know you would want that!'
    That's a really good idea - i tend to forget things easily, especially on things like this. Im just desperate for him to be okay x

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