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    Quote Originally Posted by keletkezes View Post
    OMG the deodorant is a real irritant: one of our friends, who works with my OH, is allergic to any kind of aerosol deodorant or perfume and people think 'oh, you're just complaining' because we've all walked past that person in the street with too much perfume and gagged, haven't we. Well he's got it so bad he basically stops breathing because his lungs stop working. Now he's found out he has COPD and he's late-30s :S I doubt it's as bad as that but worth bearing in mind. I agree as well, I doubt the wshing powder is making it any better to. God luck getting out soon xx
    so.. itís still early days but: sneezing has decreased. sheís still sneezing ó but itís not huge fits for 30-60 seconds like she was having. more so 5 or so sneezes every once in a while. itís still daily, but small sneezes over massive fits.

    her last huge sneezing fit was Wednesday. after that I took the blankets out, scrubbed the lino, and there seems to be improvement. the blanket was massively covered in fur, and needed a wash, but I wanted to keep it as it smelt of them (but obviously not at the cost of her health so it was removed).

    itís hard to work out what the issue is. she seems to have sneezing fits usually triggered by the hay; iíd say 8/10. but then the other 2/10 times sheís just resting, taking a nap, grooming herself. not around the hay. sheís on the opposite side. and itís not *everytime* she eats hay either

    BF said ofc her nose was said to be quite upset (red, angry looking) by the vet. so if itís already irritated, everything is gonna irritate it which wonít help in finding the cause!

    I might try and order some other hay, and see if that could be the issue. just ruling things off at this point.

    blankets didnít seem to help her sneezing - furry and with hay on them. sheíd sniff them and start sneezing usually.

    maybe her random sneezes when sheís resting is caused by the hay still?? hay spores on her or just in the room.. idk!!

    I could go back to the vet but I donít know what they could do. she had xrays of her teeth/skull & chest, and those were sent to a specialist. everything came back clear. her teeth are fine from a perspective of looking. heart was listened too and itís clear, as are her lungs itís a mystery.


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    I might just take time to settle; if she's still got an irritated nose to heal, it'll still cause sneezing with little things. But you should see an improvement over a month I suppose as long as the main causes have gone. Chibbs sneezes at least once a day, sometimes by the hayrack, sometimes while cleaning, sometimes no obvious cause. I think she gets her own fluff up her nose At least Luna doesn't have fluff around her face to irritate her
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    I might try and order some other hay, and see if that could be the issue. just ruling things off at this point.
    Not sure if youíve already tried this as just caught the end of the thread but have you tried rinsing the hay? Weíve been having the same sneezing issue with Phillip for over a month and heís had all the xrays etc but the specialist isnít sure what it is. He thinks it might be something in the air this year as heís had lots of sneezing bunnies, more than usual this year. Anyway weíve been rinsing his hay for a while and his sneezing has decreased. The one time I forgot to rinse it he had a huge sneezing fit!


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    Quote Originally Posted by keletkezes View Post
    I might just take time to settle; if she's still got an irritated nose to heal, it'll still cause sneezing with little things. But you should see an improvement over a month I suppose as long as the main causes have gone. Chibbs sneezes at least once a day, sometimes by the hayrack, sometimes while cleaning, sometimes no obvious cause. I think she gets her own fluff up her nose At least Luna doesn't have fluff around her face to irritate her
    yea! thatís our thoughts too. itís just distressing as she has such huge sneezing fits sheís worse without the piriton (but with it she isnít ďcuredĒ). I def think itís some allergen but I really donít know what


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    Quote Originally Posted by nap91 View Post
    Not sure if youíve already tried this as just caught the end of the thread but have you tried rinsing the hay? Weíve been having the same sneezing issue with Phillip for over a month and heís had all the xrays etc but the specialist isnít sure what it is. He thinks it might be something in the air this year as heís had lots of sneezing bunnies, more than usual this year. Anyway weíve been rinsing his hay for a while and his sneezing has decreased. The one time I forgot to rinse it he had a huge sneezing fit!


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    huh! stupid question, how would you do that?

    my vet said the same ó when I went in with Luna the first time, she said sheís seen lots of sneezing bunnies the past month. fortunately for them tho, it seemed to be fixed with piriton or other similar measures.

    Lunaís sneezing is less - i think the soap and deodorant really wasnít helping. but there is really another issue somewhere.

    I think I might order some meadow hay and see. Iíve got two boxes of timothy rn so it will suck if it is the case but Iíll try and sell them perhaps or give them away to somebody or a rescue! if it stops sneezy Luna I think itís for the best

    she doesnít sneeze always with the timothy but itís def not helping!


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    Quote Originally Posted by binkyCodie View Post
    huh! stupid question, how would you do that?

    Not stupid, I asked the same question

    I literally grab a handful and rinse it under the tap, then squeeze it out. Put the plug down first though so you don't get loads of hay down the plughole!
    More time consuming but it's definitely reduced Phillip's sneezing.

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    so I tried rinsing hay but Orion went on strike from eating it, & then I tried offering both, but then Luna ofc started eating both, so I think that defeats the purpose

    latest development: Luna has shared her allergies with me. last night I pulled the hay out to give it to them and coughed for about a minute, wanted to scratch my hands off. same story this morning without the serious coughing (my throat is very irritated tho :s). I've always been allergic to timothy but didn't react to Haybox's. this new box - that we've had open for a few days - I'm now reacting too. Luna is also sneezing much more too

    I have internet (rejoice!!!!!!!) so I can actually get some different hay. I had a really awful time trying to do anything on my phone.

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    so, I can confirm timothy hay was at least *part* of the problem, as a week back she hopped into the timothy hay box and sneezed for a solid five minutes. she injured herself in doing so, and refused to jump around for a few days, which is quite upsetting.

    we have new hay though -- ings hay -- and she def isn't reacting to that. we've had the new hay for a week tomorrow (wednesday).

    but she's still sneezing

    I'm honestly at my wits end, I don't understand the piriton *helps* but its not *solving* it. but I'm really out of ideas. I took her off of the piriton for the day, and her sneezing was a lot worse. but its not solved on the piriton, so I'm really unsure.

    I realise it might take time, as this has gone on for so long. but me nor my BF really feel like the situation is improving tbh :S I mean, she isn't having the huge sneezing fits lasting for a minute, and instead she has the 10-20 second sneezing fits.. but that's always been there, just mixed in with the more aggressive & longer sneezing fits. obviously that is good, and is an improvement, but it just feels really stagnant.

    the only thing I can think of is that there's still some timothy hay spores lying around, so tomorrow I'm going to drown literally every item they have.

    this has been going on since May, which is just far too long. she's getting to the point she's becoming stiff & not as active as she's really hurting herself from all the sneezing. that big sneezing fit a week ago caused her to refuse to jump for a few days, and she struggled to move for a day at least. I'm getting really concerned at this point as it feels like its not getting better. it isn't getting *worse*, but its the same stagnant sneezing.

    what I've thought to be the causes:
    - allergies to pollen, my vet said she's seen a few rabbits like luna -- BUT it calmed down with piriton which luna's has somewhat, but it isn't "fixed" like you'd expect.
    - some sort of irritant in the home -- my dad sprays half a bottle of deodorant a day & we had the neighbours using a whole box of washing power every wash -- but we've moved now and she's still sneezing
    - the lino needing cleaning -- in which I've mopped it 4 times now
    - the blankets needed cleaning -- they get washed weekly now
    - the timothy hay is an allergen -- this is partially correct as evident by her putting her nose in the box and then sneezing for 5 minutes -- BUT we have a new hay now........ and she's still sneezing

    & we've tried
    - steroids
    - x-rays
    - a dental & treatment for a gum infection in her mouth
    - cleaning everything
    - allergy medications
    - changing hay

    in which we've ruled out any sort of heart condition with her chest x-rays, roots growing into her nose, anything stuck in her nose.

    I just. idk :S I feel really upset & frustrated.

    I need to call the vet tomorrow to ask about Luna's meds, since they're the new vet. my previous vets sent over Luna & Orion's files, but they might wanna see her to check her over before giving me another prescription for her. I'll see. either way I'll try and book in an appointment.

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    Is there any nasal discharge ?

    Is she maintaining her weight ?

    I assume nasal polyps have been excluded as a possible cause ?
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    There is just an outside chance about this, but I think it might be worth a try as you have tried so much that hasn't helped.

    I have a chronic problem with allergies and have to take anti-histamine most days. It took a very long time with different types of anti-histamine to find one that worked. For me strangely that is Piriton, the one most commonly prescribed, but that's often not the case with other people. Piriton is also not normally slow-release, so maybe you could discuss with the vet how Luna could be 'topped up' with Piriton throughout the day (I guess you are giving it to her just once a day?). I would also discuss with the vet the possibility of experimenting with different anti-histamines.

    The fact that she sneezes after putting her head in the hay suggests to me that it is allergy. Have you tried removing all the hay and feeding them both fresh grass? It's not something that you would be able to do all year round, but it might be worth the experiment to see if it made a difference. If it does then you will know for sure it's the hay, any sort of hay.

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