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    Hi All,

    Lilly is 10 years old and very healthy and lively.

    About a week ago she started sneezing, but only ever after exercise. She comes running up the stairs and then has one or two sneezes. Sometimes she runs around on the carpet very energentically, and after has sneezing for less than a minute.
    After that she is fine, and no signs of illness. No discharge that I can see.
    I took her to a vets last week and the vet could see nothing wrong. She said the next step would be to do scans, but that would require anaesthetic so I don't want to risk it unless necessary

    Here is a video of her straight after running around a lot, you have to turn the sound WAY up but you can hear it.


    I thought maybe she has something stuck up her nose, but am not sure.

    Could there be any other explanation?

    Do you think it's serious?
    Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stator View Post
    Hi All,

    Lilly is 10 years old and very healthy and lively.

    About a week ago she started sneezing, but only ever after exercise. She comes running up the stairs and then has one or two sneezes. Sometimes she runs around on the carpet very energentically, and after has sneezing for less than a minute.
    After that she is fine, and no signs of illness. No discharge that I can see.
    I took her to a vets last week and the vet could see nothing wrong. She said the next step would be to do scans, but that would require anaesthetic so I don't want to risk it unless necessary

    Here is a video of her straight after running around a lot, you have to turn the sound WAY up but you can hear it.


    I thought maybe she has something stuck up her nose, but am not sure.

    Could there be any other explanation?

    Do you think it's serious?
    Given that it only occurs after exertion it could indicate that there is something going on in her chest cavity and as your Vet has suggested a chest Xray would be the only way to establish if there is a problem.

    Do you ever notice her eyes appear to bulge a little, especially when she lowers her head-eg when eating ?

    Does she ever show any signs of an increased respiratory rate/effort ?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Stator View Post
    Hi All,

    Lilly is 10 years old and very healthy and lively.

    About a week ago she started sneezing, but only ever after exercise. She comes running up the stairs and then has one or two sneezes. Sometimes she runs around on the carpet very energentically, and after has sneezing for less than a minute.
    After that she is fine, and no signs of illness. No discharge that I can see.
    I took her to a vets last week and the vet could see nothing wrong. She said the next step would be to do scans, but that would require anaesthetic so I don't want to risk it unless necessary

    Here is a video of her straight after running around a lot, you have to turn the sound WAY up but you can hear it.


    I thought maybe she has something stuck up her nose, but am not sure.

    Could there be any other explanation?

    Do you think it's serious?

    Hi there

    Lilly looks to be a beauty and 10 years old with it!

    I do understand your concerns about anaesthetic for scans. However, having been through something similar with one of my rabbits, I opted to go down that route.

    What it could possibly be is something going on either in her nose or in her chest. I would want the vet to exclude any condition such as an enlarged heart (causing an issue after exercise) or any upper or lower respiratory infection/issues.

    Some info here:

    http://www.veterinarywebinars.com/me...se_Rabbits.pdf

    Remember that for a scan/X-ray it's not going to have to be a full on GA, but you can request as light a sedation is possible with her.


    Alternatively, you could ask your vet to prescribe some Bisolvon. This is a mucolytic and will thin any mucous (if it's in the nasal passages) and allow it to pass. If it works it might show that the sneezing is something concerning only her nose. However, as I've mentioned, my preference would be for a more in-depth diagnosis.

    Good luck
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    She's had a slightly bulgy eye for over 5 years, I haven't noticed it getting worse but I will check.
    Tim

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    Thanks for the advice.

    Her eye looks pretty normal. Can't see much of a bulge if any.

    I've made another appointment with one of rabbit expert vets on Saturday. Now I've got a good video of it he can take a look.
    Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stator View Post
    Thanks for the advice.

    Her eye looks pretty normal. Can't see much of a bulge if any.

    I've made another appointment with one of rabbit expert vets on Saturday. Now I've got a good video of it he can take a look.

    You're welcome

    Hope the vet goes well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stator View Post
    Thanks for the advice.

    Her eye looks pretty normal. Can't see much of a bulge if any.

    I've made another appointment with one of rabbit expert vets on Saturday. Now I've got a good video of it he can take a look.

    How did Lilly get on at the vets Tim?

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    RH examined Lilly thoroughly and could not find any signs of chest problems. He couldn't tell what the problem is, the 'sneezing' isn't really a sneeze, so it's a bit of a puzzle.
    So she is being treated with a powder which helps mucus production and might help her shift anything that is stuck in the airways.
    Going back next week.
    It's hard to tell if it's working because it doesn't happen every day, only when she really runs up the stairs or runs about as fast as she can. Normal hopping doesn't make it happen.
    If it carries on we will have to consider scans but not sure what decision to make. It doesn't really affect her quality of life but if it is going to get worse, then it would be best to get the scans done whilst she is nice and healthy, so a bit of a pickle.
    Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stator View Post
    RH examined Lilly thoroughly and could not find any signs of chest problems. He couldn't tell what the problem is, the 'sneezing' isn't really a sneeze, so it's a bit of a puzzle.
    So she is being treated with a powder which helps mucus production and might help her shift anything that is stuck in the airways.
    Going back next week.
    It's hard to tell if it's working because it doesn't happen every day, only when she really runs up the stairs or runs about as fast as she can. Normal hopping doesn't make it happen.
    If it carries on we will have to consider scans but not sure what decision to make. It doesn't really affect her quality of life but if it is going to get worse, then it would be best to get the scans done whilst she is nice and healthy, so a bit of a pickle.

    I'm guessing the powder she's been given is Bisolvon? It's a mucolytic and I've always find it works very well to thin the mucous and help it pass.

    Was the vet worried about it at all?

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    He didn't seem to think she was in immediate danger. But obviously wants to see her again quickly if anything changed or she developed any new symptoms.
    Tim

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