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    So happy to hear that the vet is optimistic for your beautiful rabbit. I hope, every day will bring a bit of improvement.

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    I’m glad the specialist was optimistic, I hope the new treatment helps topping up the vibes.

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    Pleased to hear that vet is optimistic, he sounds knowledgable. Sending more vibes for your brave little bunny xxx
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    So pleased its better news.

    Sadly I've had many buns with EC, all different breeds. The one thing I've found is that it's usually secondary to something else. The seem to carry it without symptoms then as soon as the immune system gets compromised by stress or another underlying illness the EC takes hold.
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    Thank you all xx

    He does seem a little better in himself today. He's got just a little bit more energy and seems extra cheeky. The nystagmus isn't very noticable today (I'd say because he's less stressed but we had an awful time with meds earlier!) and his balance seems better. I think maybe the metacam is making him feel a little better. I hope so. He's certainly got enough energy!

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    Sadly I've had many buns with EC, all different breeds. The one thing I've found is that it's usually secondary to something else. The seem to carry it without symptoms then as soon as the immune system gets compromised by stress or another underlying illness the EC takes hold.
    Yeah, I've seen it affect a lot of breeds. I'm just wondering if there's something about rexes that makes them more prone? I don't know.
    It does make me wonder about the future as for the moment he's not vaccinated at all and not neutered. It's probably too early to worry, he needs to get over this first but I'm wondering if it's going to be safe to neuter him after all. Even vaccinations are a worry.
    In a way it's a good job we noticed it that weekend as he was going in for nobivac that coming week

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    Hello ILoveMYBunny,

    I am sorry I am late to this thread, yet pleased you gave Harley a chance and saw the specialist.
    Over many, many years, I have been owned by several bunnies who got head tilt, the latest is one of my current bunnies, Gemini. Only one of my head tilt bunnies was a mini rex, the rest were Netherland dwarf bunnies with small upright ears.
    In my experience it is not uncommon for a bunny to get worse during the first few days of treatment. Your vet and mine both prefer the tri-sulfa to treat ear infections. In addition to antibiotics, medicam, and perhaps Panacur, I had to give my head tilt bunnies sub Q fluids and syringe feed critical care. My bunnies regained balance and lost most of the tilt in the first weeks after treatment was successful. The rest of the tilt either took longer to improve or was permanent.

    Harley is lucky to have you giving him such excellent care and lots of love. Sending you and Harley some positive vibes for continued improvement. He is a very handsome boy.

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    Just a little update in case anyone's interested.
    Harley has been improving very slowly. His balance has been improving and he rarely falls down anymore. He's gone over backwards once or twice when he's got himself over excited (usually for food ) but generally his balance is good again. Head tilt is still there a bit but nowhere near as bad and sometimes he can hold it quite well. He's also eating normally instead of throwing his head back or sideways.
    Still got a long way to go but there's been some definite improvement and he's doing really well considering. I feel the sulfatrim has helped him tremendously as he started to improve from there.
    To be honest I was expecting any improvement to take a lot longer so I'm so pleased to see him picking up well.

    Just thought I'd post a quick update on the off chancce anyone might want to know. I'm so pleased my precious boy is doing better.
    As long as he doesn't go down again suddenly for some reason I think he might pull through this after all and - I hope - possibly go back to normal

    As a nice bonus he's gone back to taking the syringe easily again without me having to even pick him up. Even the antibiotic! He hesitates but the words 'good boy!' said with enthusiasm seem to get him to take it every time! It's amazing how quickly they learn things through such a simple positive reinforcement like verbal praise!
    And yet you still get people who question a rabbits intelligence and ability to learn verbal cues
    Anyway, I digress.

    Tldr: Harley is improving well

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~ILoveMyBunny~ View Post
    Just a little update in case anyone's interested.
    Harley has been improving very slowly. His balance has been improving and he rarely falls down anymore. He's gone over backwards once or twice when he's got himself over excited (usually for food ) but generally his balance is good again. Head tilt is still there a bit but nowhere near as bad and sometimes he can hold it quite well. He's also eating normally instead of throwing his head back or sideways.
    Still got a long way to go but there's been some definite improvement and he's doing really well considering. I feel the sulfatrim has helped him tremendously as he started to improve from there.
    To be honest I was expecting any improvement to take a lot longer so I'm so pleased to see him picking up well.

    Just thought I'd post a quick update on the off chancce anyone might want to know. I'm so pleased my precious boy is doing better.
    As long as he doesn't go down again suddenly for some reason I think he might pull through this after all and - I hope - possibly go back to normal

    As a nice bonus he's gone back to taking the syringe easily again without me having to even pick him up. Even the antibiotic! He hesitates but the words 'good boy!' said with enthusiasm seem to get him to take it every time! It's amazing how quickly they learn things through such a simple positive reinforcement like verbal praise!
    And yet you still get people who question a rabbits intelligence and ability to learn verbal cues
    Anyway, I digress.

    Tldr: Harley is improving well
    Wonderful news !! Well done Harley. It's good to know he has the usual Rex gene that always seems to guarantee a good appetite, even in the most dire health situations. Lord H had a massive seizure a few days ago, but as soon as it resolved he pottered off to continue eating. Meanwhile I was in a state of almost collapse and worried sick !!

    Please do keep posting updates about your special boy, he is in the best home to provide him with any care he may need


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    I’m so glad he is showing such positive signs of recovery

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    Good news, hope he continues to improve.x

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